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Young Audiences of Houston offers diverse arts-in-education performance programming for PK-12 participants in an assembly setting. These innovative and culturally diverse programs introduce participants to the arts through a balance of demonstration and participant interaction through the highest quality artistry. Each performance program is aligned with the Texas state curricula and offers curriculum ties, classroom activities and discussion ideas, extension activities, program goals, objectives, vocabulary words, and teacher resources. All performances are 45 minutes.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Performances: For an assembly, performances introduce participants to an art form or culture through a balance of demonstration and interaction.

 

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

Ana Maria Barcelo Flamenco

Flamenco Ole!

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PERFORMANCE

Ana Maria Barcelo Flamenco

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This show educates children about the art and culture of Flamenco. In this performance, the artists will demonstrate the three most important elements of Flamenco: song, guitar, and dance. Participants will learn about the origins of Flamenco, its rhythms and how feelings are expressed in this beautiful art.

Available on Tuesday & Friday

Single Performance

$750

Back to Back Performance

$1,050

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

Becky Valls and Company

Dance of the Insects

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PERFORMANCE

Becky Valls & Company 

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The study of entomology is so much fun when dancers Joani Trevino and Michelle Reyes convey the characteristics of insects through Becky Valls’ striking choreography with music, costuming, and audience participation. Accompanied by the clever poetry of Paul Fleishman’s A Joyful Noise, these professional dancers demonstrate through movement a caterpillar’s metamorphosis and the social behavior of bees. Other dances include the Busy Ant, Firefly, Phantom the Flying Cockroach, and Two Too Many Ladybugs. Students perform a rhythmical repeating pattern to learn the parts of the insect, make body shapes to review the stages of the butterfly’s life cycle, act out the many jobs or the worker bee, and much more. Kinesthetic learning is the goal of this arts-integrated program.

Available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning only

Single Performance

$470

Back to Back Performance

$700

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

PK-3

Brazilian Cultural Institute

Exploring Brazil through Capoeira

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PERFORMANCE

Brazilian Cultural Institute 

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Transport your imagination and spirit to Brazil. Through dance, music, and acrobatics performers from the Brazilian Cultural Institute expose participants to Capoeira and its deep roots and heritage that has contributed to the rich culture of modern-day Brazil. Come explore, through an explosion of spins and kicks, the dance of coordination, cooperation, teamwork, movement, rhythm, and agility. All of these elements work together to provide participants with an interactive, unforgettable, and educational experience with the pulsing rhythm of the Berimbau (an African string instrument). Feel the suspense and excitement created by the dancers as they play!

Available Fall 2024

Single Performance

$600

Back to Back

Performance

$850

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

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Danza Azteca Splendor!

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PERFORMANCE

Calmecac Indigenous Organization

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Experience the world of Ancient Mexico in this multi-disciplinary performance of traditional Aztec dancing, a form of dance that has been done in private rather than public for nearly 40 years in the United States. Audience members will learn about Aztec history, philosophy, language, culture and foods that deliver a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. These concepts are expressed within the symbolism of movements, storytelling, drumming and songs. Audience’s senses are delighted with colorful feathered headpieces, the sounds of conch shells and shaking rattles, combined with the deep sound of the drums and high pitched ocarina flutes. These dances are based on the Pre-Columbian traditions of the Nahuatl-speaking Teotihuacanos/ Mexi’ca, and other indigenous nations of central Mexico, including the Otomi/ Chichimeca nations of Queretaro.

Single Performance

$1,050

Back to Back

Performance

$1,315

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

3-12

Dance of Asian America

Journey through Asia

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PERFORMANCE

Dance of Asian America

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Open your eyes to the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dances. The vast land of China consists of the Mainland and 56 ethnic sub-regions each with its own dance forms that directly reflect each group’s lifestyle and customs. Classical and folk dances are a precious part of China’s cultural heritage and serve as a wonderful tool for learning about its many various traditions, history, and culture. Each dance performed includes authentic Chinese costumes, music, and detailed information that will guide participants to a better understanding of China’s rich cultural heritage. This interactive performance involves audience members with dance props and dance movements.

Single Performance

$1100

Back to Back

Performance

$1,450

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

K-12

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The Healthy Hip Hop Show

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PERFORMANCE

Fly Dance Company

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Fly Dance Company’s Healthy Hip Hop Squad educates participants on the benefits of being healthy and active through dance. Audience members learn the positive influences and healthy ingredients of Hip Hop culture; and through audience participation see how a healthy and active lifestyle can be enjoyable, inspiring, and life-changing. Don’t miss out on the chemistry, lyricism, and musicality of this theatrical dance performance.

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available 

Single Performance

$940

Back to Back

Performance

$1,180

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-12

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From India, With Love

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PERFORMANCE

Indian Performing Arts Samskriti

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Classically trained in traditional Indian dance forms, Rathna Kumar gives hands-on instruction to members of the audience in the various aspects of Indian dance and provides demonstrations of her special artistic skills. The performance concludes with a folk dance involving the entire audience.

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back

Performance

$1,000

Participant Limit

250

Grade Levels

1-12

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Forest of Fantasy

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PERFORMANCE

Indian Performing Arts Samskriti

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An imaginary forest where all the animals, birds, and other creatures are behaving strangely because all the trees have been cut down and nature has turned topsy-turvy. This a message to children to protect the environment and respect nature. Audience participation is part of the fun. Selected participants will get to wear masks and learn to move like the animals they represent.

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back

Performance

$1,000

Participant Limit

250

Grade Levels

K-12

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Be You Show!

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PERFORMANCE

K-Lou Ent.

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A show created to stop bullying and encourage peers to uplift each other. The performance encourages the audience to aim for positive goals and reach their dreams even in the face of adversity. We will present helpful ways to deal with bullying and/or negative criticism. Cyberbullying will also be addressed; this is done in an entertaining way that will keep the audience’s attention but will still leave them with an impactful message. We give examples of bullying and certain methods to overcome it. For instance, you can’t control what someone will say to you but you are in charge of your reactions - when confronted with a negative comment, you can choose to respond with positivity. We also instruct the audience to seek help from a responsible adult if they are victims of physical abuse. This educational show will also interact with the audience, allowing them to see the point of view of both the bully and the victim. We create a fun and safe space full of laughter for the audience, which keeps this serious topic on a lighter note that is appropriate for all ages. 

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back

Performance

$1,100

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

K-12

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The FitBreak Show

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PERFORMANCE

K-Lou Ent.

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A highly entertaining show that promotes a healthy lifestyle through physical activities. This show will present hip-hop-inspired exercises, healthy eating habits, and more positive changes to one’s lifestyle that will boost self-confidence. This show encourages the audience to push their limits a little more each day to achieve their goals. For instance, two pushups today could be three tomorrow! This is a highly interactive show, full of competition and good sportsmanship.  We will educate the audience on the beneficial effects healthy eating and exercise have on their bodies - these good practices will give them the strength they need to work on whatever skills they desire, dance or otherwise. The FitBreak show will highlight hip-hop-inspired movements and will allow the audience to share their favorite moves. The presentation will end with an inspirational speech that will encourage the audience to set goals and believe in their ability to achieve them. 

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back

Performance

$1,100

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

K-12

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The Rad Hip-Hop Show!

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PERFORMANCE

K-Lou Ent.

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A highly entertaining show that teaches the true essence of Hip-Hop by breaking down the positive side of the culture. The show is a comedic and educational performance that inspires the audience by teaching them the elements of the culture. The elements include MCing, DJing, graffiti, and breakdancing. The audience will learn the origins of Hip-Hop and will receive an in-depth breakdown of each element in a fun, exciting way. Afterward, we bring a few volunteers from the audience to learn and demonstrate some common breakdancing moves, and they are then encouraged to show off their own favorite moves. We end the show with some inspiring words to push them to follow their dreams.

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back

Performance

$1,100

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

K-12

Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company

Pan-African Passport

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PERFORMANCE

Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company

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Through colorful drumming and dance, Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company chronicles the influence of the African diaspora on dance, starting with traditional West African rhythms and dance and moving on through the Caribbean and into the Americas. This journey culminates with Jamaican pop-culture’s Dancehall, which evolved from traditional West African and West Indian folk dance styles. The interactive nature of this program will bring participants in the audience on stage to drum, dance, and do the limbo!

Single Performance

$975

Back to Back Performance

$1,235

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

PK-12

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Pan-African Christmas

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PERFORMANCE

Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company

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Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company takes you across the world, weaving Christmas stories and traditions throughout the African Diaspora together through dance. Gathered around the table at Christmas Dinner, a family discusses the origins of their Christmas traditions and audiences embark on a holiday journey through time and place, filled with holiday songs and dance from across the African Diaspora. Audiences will learn about the unique Holiday traditions celebrated across the African Diaspora, tracing their origins and connections across the world today. 

Limited availability.

Single Performance

$975

Back to Back Performance

$1,235

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

PK-12

Mixteco Ballet Folkorico

The Essence of Mexico

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PERFORMANCE

Mixteco Ballet Folkorico!

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Travel south of the border with Mixteco Ballet Folklorico! The group presents dances from the Northern state of Nuevo Leon, which was first brought to Mexico from European countries such as Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. These dances include The Polka, Shotiz and Huapangos Norteños. Next, the group travels south to Veracruz. In the state of Veracruz, the “Zapateados”, or footwork, are very intricate and reminiscent of the Flamenco dances from Spain. The group dances to the “Zapateado Jarocho”, where the ladies and gentlemen take turns trying to out-dance each other. In closing this region, the group will dance to “La Bamba”, as the dancers will attempt to tie a knot with a long, red sash of ribbon. The group’s final numbers are from the state of Jalisco, where the Mariachi music is believed to have originated. The dynamic sounds of trumpets, violins, and guitars come alive, as the dancers make their grand entrance. The vibrant colorful ribbon on the women’s dresses reminds us of the typical fiestas of old Mexico. Next, the Mexican cowboys known as “Charros” dance their way onto the stage, with their wide-brimmed “sombreros”. In closing the show, the group performs their final number, “The Jarabe Tapatío”, or better known around the world as The Mexican Hat Dance. Víva México!

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back Performance

$1,000

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

1-12

Open Dance Project

ENGINuity!

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PERFORMANCE

Open Dance Project

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Experience the fast-moving fun of spark plugs and pistons in this hyperphysical romp through the mechanics of motors and engines and the inventive minds of their creators. Everyday applications of math, science, and engineering are highlighted in this live performance featuring original music, theatre, and dance.

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available 

Single Performance

$1,100

Back to Back Performance

$1,360

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

K-8

Open Dance Project

Staging Story Live!

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PERFORMANCE

Open Dance Project

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Staging Story Live! uses a narrative theme chosen by school and suggestions from the audience to build a live dance/theater/music performance right in front of the participants' eyes. Their suggestions help us generate choreography, dialogue, and music in the show, which can be used to reinforce a particular curricular or social theme that the school is focusing on, while simultaneously teaching dance, theater and music vocabulary skills.

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available 

Single Performance

$750

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

400

Grade Levels

K-8

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Kathak Flamenco - A Celebration of Cultures

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PERFORMANCE

Ritmo Zindagi

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Kathak, from Northwest India, is the art of storytelling. It depicts stories central to the Indian culture through song, dance, musical, and percussive accompaniment. Flamenco, from the South of Spain (Andalucía), is the conversation between song, guitar, dance, and percussion. The folklore of India, located in the Asian continent, generated musical traditions that were exported by transient people to the countries of Europe and the Middle East.  Traits in the language, vocal styles, and rhythmic patterns in Andalucía, Spain can be traced to the Punjab region in India. Participants can trace this historical journey while celebrating the shared stories and intricate rhythms in this exhilarating joyous celebration from Houston-based artists, Kathak (Kalpana Subbarao, Jason Zinn, Shyama Mishra, Abhishek Balakrishnan) and Solero Flamenco (Edith Niño, Irma La Paloma and Jeremy García)

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

K-12

Silambam Houston Performance

Dance Across India

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PERFORMANCE

Silambam Houston

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This performance-style presentation will engage participants through performance interspersed with narrative. The presentation will present several repertoire pieces (5-7 minutes in length) and will trace a route through the cultural history and geography of India through four of its classical dance forms – Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi (South India), Kathak (North and West India), and Odissi (East India). In this interactive performance, participants learn about Indian culture, traditions, and mythology through the stories or themes depicted, and are introduced to the nuances of Indian dance vocabulary (gestural and facial expressions). Performances can be tailored to grades K-12 and can be effectively targeted to an audience composed of 3 to 5 consecutive grade levels.

Single Performance

$750

Back to Back Performance

$925

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

Dancing Into STEM

Dancing Into STEM

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PERFORMANCE

Silambam Houston

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Welcome to Dancing Into STEM! Dancing into STEM is conceptualized, scripted, and choreographed by Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan. This series, produced and presented by Silambam Houston, uses gestures, expressions, and rhythms from Indian classical dance and music to explore various STEM concepts - The growth of a plant from a seed into a fully grown plant with leaves, flowers, and fruits. The concept of gravity, and how different objects exert a pull on other objects based on their mass. The importance of water for life, and about how water moves through our environment. Or all about factors in math! Performances can be tailored to grades K-5 and can be effectively targeted to an audience composed of 2 to 3 consecutive grade levels. 

Single Performance

$600

Back to Back Performance

$800

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-5

Silambam Houston Performance

Kavya: Poetry in Motion

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PERFORMANCE

Silambam Houston

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Kavya is a Sanskrit word that conjures the idea of sagas unfolding, of wondrous storytelling and painting with the poetic voice. In this performance, poems from all over the world and across the ages, set to music spanning a range of classical and contemporary genres, describe what it means to be human. Classical dance forms including Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Odissi, as well as contemporary dance, interpret each theme through a rich language of movement and gesture. Through this confluence of dance, music, and poetry, we explore the feelings and experiences that unite us at our very core.

Single Performance

$750

Back to Back Performance

$925

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

Silambam Houston Performance

Storytime with Silambam

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PERFORMANCE

Silambam Houston

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Through the Storytime With Silambam project, we aim to bring to you a treasure trove of stories from Indian mythology and folk culture, presented in a unique narrative style that incorporates facial and gestural storytelling (abhinaya), the hallmark of Indian classical dance tradition. We hope you enjoy learning about these stories and cultural traditions as much as we enjoy bringing them to you! Performances can be tailored to any grade level, and can be effectively targeted to an audience composed of 3 to 5 consecutive grade levels.

Single Performance

$350

Back to Back Performance

$475

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-12

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