KATHY DUNN HAMRICK presents an intimate look at the process of making movement in SNAFU and Other Dances, a program featuring works by Hamrick, Michele Owens-Pearce, and Cari Kerkhoff. It's an hour of dancing, creative problem-solving, banter, and backtalk as artists fine-tune their choreography. ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY! Mar 1, Sat, 7pm, at Cafe Dance, 3307-B Hancock. Admission by donation. 451-8066.
TAPESTRY DANCE COMPANY wants to know what a soul is. Can you see one? Can you feel one? Can you dance one? That's what this multi-form dance company is attempting in From the Inside Out. The program provides a ride "through the neurotic and pretentious human condition." Company co-director Deirdre Strand offers the title piece, a group of seven solo pieces based on seven dancers' definitions of soul, while co-director Acia Gray presents Pentimento, a theatrical work set to "space-age bachelor pad" music. Guest Andrea Beckham also presents the modern dance Faith Like a Stone in a Cobweb. TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY! Feb 28 & Mar 1, Fri & Sat, 8pm, at the Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress. 454-TIXS.
CELEBRATE BACH! is something we're happy to do any day, but when the composer has his fine work linked with the dance of choreographer Mark Morris, we're downright eager. Morris' Marble Halls, set to music by J.S. Bach, is the centerpiece for a program by Dance Repertory Theatre and the UT School of Music. Music students perform live for four dance pieces inspired by Bach: Morris' work; Bridges Falling Down, by current Mark Morris Dance Group member Kraig Patterson; Perfect Stranger, by a former Morris Dance Group member, Holly Williams; and In Side Out, by former Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre member Lyn Elam. FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY! Feb 27-Mar 2, Thu-Sat, 8pm, Sat & Sun, 2pm, in the B. Iden Payne Theatre, UT campus. Tickets: $12 ($9 w/UT ID). 471-1444.
PERSONAL DANCES II is the follow-up to last year's cool dance festival from Margery Segal/NERVE Dance Company and Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre. The fest spotlights dance artists in short solo works, and founding choreographer Margery Segal has titled the 1997 model Controversy in Motion, promising not only risky exercises in movement from a host of expressive, experimental artists from Austin, Seattle, and New York City, but public discussions about art, controversy, and process that may be equally provocative. The fest runs 10 nights, each night with three or four artists, and Mar 5 featuring festival artists paired up for improvised dances. Also, guest Valerie Striar of New York City presents three performances of La Generalessa, a piece inspired by Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees, with music by Richard Wagner and Patti Smith. This week: Feb 27, Thu -- Margery Segal, Daniel Alexander Jones, Valerie Striar. Feb 28, Fri -- Beverly Bajema, Mary Ganzon, Ann Mary Carney, Valerie Striar. Mar 1, Sat -- Liz Ganz, Lisa Fehrman, Andrea Ariel, Valerie Striar. Mar 4, Tue -- Daniel Alexander Jones, Margery Segal, Jason Phelps, Ellen Fullman. Mar 5, Wed -- "William," fest artists paired in improvised performances. Mar 6, Thu -- Heloise Gold, Daniel Alexander Jones, Margery Segal. On Mar 1, at 4pm, fest artists discuss "Controversy in Contemporary Performance: Fundamental Value or Indulgence?" The event is free; a reception follows. Through Mar 8, Tue-Sat, 8pm, at Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd. Tickets: $8 ($25 & $60 fest passes). 454-TIXS.
Austin Ballroom Dancers play swing, Latin, rock, and ballroom classics weekly. Smoke- and alcohol-free. Next: Mar 1, with DJ Shari Heino. Sat, 8-11pm, Parks Dept. Activities Center, 29th & N. Lamar. $6 ($5 students/$4 members). 335-7479.
Ongoing Dance Events
Austin International Folk Dancers meets weekly to learn dances from all over the world. First time free, $2 after. Sat, 7:30-11pm, at the Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st. 462-0651.
DanceClub 183 hosts smoke-free public dances weekly, with music ranging from salsa to C&W to ballroom to swing. Fri, 9pm. $5. 339-9391.
Dunya Hosts Dance With Taste weekly at Ararat Restaurant. Reservations are a must. Thu & Sun, 8pm, at Ararat, 111 E. North Loop. 419-1692.
Middle Eastern Dance & Drumming is presented every other week at Ruta Maya. Marietta Robards, aka Zerehade, hosts. Fri, 6:30-9pm, at Ruta Maya, Fourth & Lavaca. 451-6776.
Mirage Bellydance Troupe presents an hour of swirling chiffon and bellydance every other week. Next date: Mar 6. No cover. Thu, 7:30pm, Texas Union Showroom. 252-2333.
Wednesday Contra Dance offers traditional dances to live music. Austin Barn Dancers host. Next dance, Mar 5. Wed, 7:30pm, Hancock Rec Center, 811 E. 41st. $3 donation. 453-4225.
Controversy in Contemporary Performance features dance artists taking part in the Personal Dances II fest discussing the place of provocative material onstage. A reception follows the discussion. Mar 1, Sat, 4pm. Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd. Free.
Dance Classes, Etc.
Kathy Dunn Hamrick is offering a Dance Workshop for intermediate/advanced modern dancers, on improvisation, technique, and repertory. Ends with performance. Feb 15-Mar 1, Sat, 12:30-3pm, at Cafe Dance, 3307-B Hancock. $35. 451-8066.
A Creative Dance Workshop lets dancers and non-dancers create organic movement forms in a unified group dance. Led by Griff Goehring, dance therapist. Mar 1, Sat, 9am-4pm. Cost: $50. Synergy Studio, 1501 W. Fifth. 453-1612.
The Clickety Cloggers offer "Clogging Lessons for Beginners," a 12-week course. Mar 6-May 29, Thu, 6-7pm, at Westgate Mall. No partner required. Cost: $40. 312-0201.
Holotropic Breathwork utilizes breath as a vehicle in activating healing forces in the psyche and the body. This two-day workshop combines deep breathing, music, art, focused bodywork, and group sharing. Led by Charlie Love and Lydia Francine Munro. Mar 7 & 8, Fri, 7-9:30pm, Sat, 8:30am-8pm, at Synergy Studio, 1501 W. Fifth. Cost: $150. 478-8025.
The Copernicus Dance Company seeks dancers, both disabled and able-bodied. No experience necessary. Meetings are held in the Park St. David's Professional Bldg, Red River & E. 32nd. 458-6874.
Danceline can tell you what's moving in Austin! This free service gives info on dance classes, performances, etc. Sponsored by Movin' Easy and the Performing Arts Center. 474-1766.