Art & Culture in Montgomery County
Welcome to the Arts and Culture in Montgomery County (ACMC)! The ACMC venue serves as an information hub, where non-profit art and culture groups promote their organization to attract support and interest. While visiting the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival savoring the diverse selections of fine art, be sure to stop by our new attraction and meet members from some of the non-profit performing and fine arts organizations located near your home. You can find the AIMC tent in the Town Green Park. Representatives will be there to give you first-hand information about their upcoming events and how to become part of their family. Performance line-up is available in the festival program. Meet those we are featuring at the festival below.
Anjali Center for Performing Arts
In the year 1975, Rathna Kumar changed the cultural scene of Houston by establishing the Anjali Center for Performing Arts, Texas’ first and premier Indian dance academy, which has since blossomed into a celebrated institution imparting a comprehensive arts education in Indian dance, music and visual arts, all taught by highly qualified teachers. Rathna is a multi-talented personality. She is a noted dancer who has traveled the world performing at prestigious venues for world leaders; an arts educator who, for the past sixteen years, has been a Teaching Artist on the roster of the Young Audiences of Houston and is currently teaching a Bharatanatyam course at Rice University; a singer who is equally at home singing in any language; a writer of articles and essays on art and an author of two illustrated books on dance; a linguist who is proficient in many languages; and a veteran stage and screen actress. Rathna is the disciple of world renowned Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi gurus, Kalaimamani K. J. Sarasa and Padma Bhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam, and she teaches both the dance styles at her institute. A summa cum laude graduate in English Language and Literature, Rathna was an English professor in India before moving to Houston and devoting herself full time to the promotion, preservation and propagation of Indian dance in the United States.
Bravo Company is Stage Right's performing arts school currently offering youth classes at The Historic Crighton Theatre. The current lead instructor for Bravo Company is Amy Sowers. She has been working with children for over 25 years. To see pictures from our latest musical - The Ever After and to learn more about Bravo Company go to http://www.stage-right.org/
Class Act Productions
Theatre enthusiasts can fulfill aspirations of singing, dancing and acting through the acclaimed offerings of Class Act Productions. Class Act provides theatre training and other performance opportunities for grade school students and adults. It is a non-profit organization that strives to provide an environment in which students can learn about teamwork and responsibility as well as the technical and artistic aspects of musical theatre. The company's tremendous musical and theatrical direction results in top quality performances.
Class Act Stars On Tour, Class Act’s public relations ensemble, was created to fill the many community and private requests for quality entertainment. "We wanted to offer students a chance not only to perform in the theatre, but in other venues as well,” said Mr. Brumfield. These performers prepare and perform choreographed music all around the community—and even around the country! Performance locations have included New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hawaii and several performances at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. http://www.classactproductions.org/
The Crighton Kidz Theatre School
C. KIDZ Theatre School is the junior division of the Player’s Company Community Theatre. Kidz Theatre School performs at the Owen theatre in Downtown Conroe.
Kidz rehearsals and classes are scheduled at the Owen and at the Rec Center in Conroe providing fall and spring sessions, as well as, summer ART camps in partnership with the City of Conroe.
Using the State Objectives for Theatre and the National Theatre Standards as a basis for class work, kidz between the ages of 6 through16 experience acting classes and gain musical theatre experiences.
One key to the development of acting and musical theatre skills is performance. These young actors perform in showcases, musicals and plays at the Owen and other venues in the area. Each showcase event features their individual talents.
The John Cooper School
Founded in 1988, The John Cooper School is a college preparatory day school for students in Pre-K through Grade 12, located in The Woodlands. A leader in independent school education, Cooper currently has an enrollment of 1,108 students and is committed to nurturing a love of life, learning and the world around us. Small classes, personal attention and excellence in academics, the arts, athletics and community service form the cornerstones of a Cooper education. http://www.johncooper.org/
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VOX is the a cappella group at The John Cooper Upper School that is made up of a diverse group of 10 vocal students in grades 10 through 12 who enjoy singing all styles of music. Nine of the members of VOX were named to the TPSMEA All-State Choir. VOX is directed by Rae Moses.
JCS Aerial Artists. All levels of John Cooper School aerial artists, from beginner to advanced, will bring this amazing art form to this year’s Festival. Under the direction of Elizabeth DeMonico, Cooper aerial artists will perform on “silks,” bringing this unique art form to life on stage. Cooper is one of a very small number of schools in the Houston area that teaches aerial silks. The art is most often recognized for its use in Cirque du Soleil performances.
New Rising Stars Dance Studio
New Rising Stars Dance Studio uses dance instruction as a medium to allow students to personally experience traditional Chinese dance art and the love of this culture. The dance studio uses this unique folk dance art to promote the cultural diversity of our community and help others become more aware of this Chinese dance art. New rising stars dance studio currently offers Chinese classic dance, Chinese folk dance, adult physique, pre-school elementary dance education and solo dance.
Professional dance teacher n New Rising Stars Dance Studio, Xing Chen, graduated from the renowned “cradle of dancers,” the highest institution of Chinese dance education-Beijing Dance Academy. After that, she served as a teacher at Beijing Dance Academy-Chinese folk dance test center (main campus and sub-campus). At the same time, she also served as a teacher at Dance Department in Beijing Huaxia Art School to teach Chinese folk dance and physique lesson. During that time, she has also been involved in editing Chinese Dancers Association text book for Chinese Fold dance grade test. Xing Chen also served as a teacher for Beijing Rainbow Light Children’s Art Troupe. Xing Chen’s students have participated in performances of China Central Television (CCTV) and Beijing Television and have participated in many community celebrations and dance performances are well appraised.
Dance studio is available in facebook . Below is the link https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Rising-Stars-Dance-Studio/511846542262121?ref=hl
New World Synergy
Cultures throughout the world have used the language of rhythm to inspire and channel collective work force, ritualism, community spirit and celebration.
After so many centuries, music is still a powerful tool for team building, group communication, diversity awareness and sincere demonstration of leadership.
Drumming is synergized energy!
New World Synergy represents Dan Egger-Belandria’s outlook on the positive impact of global diversity among cultural, spiritual and socio-economic realms. Drawing from nearly two decades of professional facilitation and performance, Dan shares his passion for music, travel and connecting people together through rhythm and communication awareness. He facilitates corporate seminars in support of team building and leadership, multicultural school assembly programs, wellness workshops and explosive club performances throughout the Americas. All New World Synergy programs and performances are available in English and Spanish. http://www.newworldsynergy.com/
This performance showcases the Joy Of Dancing through different forms of dances from India. Our choice of song and dance gives the audience a glimpse into the Indian dance culture presenting folk songs along with some fun Bollywood numbers that are magical and foot tapping. Each dance presented is either telling a story or expressing a feeling through Performing Arts.
The Woodlands Show Chorus
The Woodlands Show Chorus consists of approximately 70 women of all ages and walks of life, from the surrounding area. Their common bond is a love for singing and performing a capella, in 4-part harmony, under the educational direction of Betty Clipman, world renowned Sweet Adelines International vocal coach.
The chorus has performed at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Star Spangled Salute, and many private engagements in the area. There are two annual show performances. It also participates in competition and has won the opportunity to compete against choruses worldwide, most recently in Baltimore, MD, and soon in Las Vegas, NV.
Ladies interested in learning more are invited to attend a rehearsal. “Being a trained singer or able to read music, are assets for prospective members, but are not required. All the singer needs is the ability to sing and hold her part, and the desire to perform”, according to Ms. Clipman. Music education is part of the mission of this driven group of women.