Thursday, May 26, 2022

Avant Chamber Ballet “Holiday Celebration” – Thursday, November 20

Holiday Celebration Photo 1Fresh off their successful run of “Carnival of Animals,” Avant Chamber Ballet is further establishing their position at the forefront of Dallas dance through their commitment to combining dance with live music topped with an ever-tasteful presentation. Now, enjoy the performance “Holiday Celebration” November 20 at White’s Chapel Methodist Church in Southlake presented by Apex Arts League.

“Everyone wants their offering to have something special and different,” said Artistic Director Katie Puder. “Instead of embellishing our production, we took a minimalist approach to make our mark by presenting everyone’s favorite sections of the Nutcracker.”

The evening consists of two ballets, “Nutcracker: Short and Suite” and “Sleigh Ride.” Internationally acclaimed pianist Konstantyn Travinsky will provide the only accompaniment for the selected Nutcracker pieces for which Puder has choreographed all new movement. “Sleigh Ride,” is a more jaunty collection of works performed by ACB’s Music Director David Cooper’s brass quintet, Bishop Arts Brass, with Cooper on the French horn, Steve Peterson on trombone, Clay Garrett on tuba and Kyle Sherman and Cody McClarty playing trumpet.

This year, ACB is comprised of 18 dancers, up from 15 last season, from a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences, a choice Puder said she made deliberately, to create a group of dancers who dance together beautifully, but who possess individual strengths.

Their already full season continues to grow, with more and more encore bookings.

“The support has been almost staggering,” said Puder. “Both from inside the dance community and outside, people really seem to respond to the combination of chamber music and dance.”

 Tickets are $20 Adult | $15 Seniors-Students-Apex Members | $5 Children (12 and under) – AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR or contact Apex Arts League (email: or call 1.800.481.8914)


Southlake Home to New Performing Arts Center

Southlake supports the arts year-round through community concerts, an annual arts festival, and as a sponsor of APEX Arts League. It is now also home to a professional performing arts training center: Epicenter for the Arts opened October 26 at 2100 Greenbriar in North Davis Business Park offering dance, music, art and acting classes for children, teens and adults. The approximate 7,000 square foot facility encompasses four performance training rooms, sound proof music and acting studios, musical theater, student study area, parent viewing areas, administrative offices and The Nest Café & Boutique. In addition, room rentals are available for private parties.

With a mission of “training and equipping this generation of performing artists from the inside out,” Epicenter combines discipleship, professional instruction and elite mentoring programs. Co-founded by Michelle Brogan, along with her husband, Alec, she has been teaching and equipping performing artists since 1990. Brogan has traveled nationwide and abroad performing, teaching and speaking at ministry events. In addition, she has written more than eight original productions that have been performed throughout the country at sold out conventions and ministry events. Brogan currently leads the Dance Revolution, a faith-based dance company that tours nationally, and Ingredients, a professional dance company and trainee program.

Although most performing arts centers are located in urban/downtown areas, Brogan intentionally chose Southlake for multiple reasons.

“Southlake represents a thriving community that cultivates the arts. It is a beautiful city that is great for growing a business,” she states. “There are also amazing faith-based churches and programs that help energize what the mission of the Epicenter is about.”

Currently, Epicenter employs 20 instructors, along with renowned guest teachers and several artist in residence, and has nearly 100 students enrolled from all over the DFW metroplex. Class offerings range from beginning to advanced in all categories:

  • Dance: ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop
  • Art: painting, drawing, sculpting, mixed medium
  • Acting: story theater, audition clinic, acting 101, music theater, film and commercial
  • Music: vocal lab, choir ensemble, guitar group, drum line
  • Fitness: core and strength, yogafit

Registration for 2014 classes can be done online; sign up by January 1 and receive 50 percent discount on first month’s tuition (excludes music classes).

For more information, call 817-778-8828 or visit

Southlake Dancers Take the Stage in Dallas

Dozens of Southlake students and families from Studio A are participating in a large scale production in Dallas later this month.

The Weaving, sponsored by the International Ballet Theatre, will be performed Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. at the historic Majestic Theatre in Dallas. The show features members of the The International Ballet Theater, Southlake’s only non-profit ballet apprenticeship. 

Act I includes members of the apprentice ballet company dancing with 6 professional guest artists, in several classical and contemporary pieces. Act II is a reprisal of The Weaving.  Studio A founder, Anita Conley produced The Weaving several years ago and took the production to Lincoln Center in New York City.  The Weaving is a dance narrative on the life of Corrie ten Boom.  Corrie was a Dutch Christian who saved the lives of over 800 Jews during the holocaust. The Weaving was originally performed on Broadway at the Lincoln Center in 2010. This is the premiere of The Weaving in Dallas.

To purchase tickets, click here.