A Complete Guide to the Companies Performing at Dallas DanceFest This Weekend

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Saturday's Performers

Chamberlain Performing Arts Chamberlain Performing Arts will be performing the first movement of Associate Artistic Director Carter Alexander's "Mozart Piano Concerto." The ballet is a pure dance work that has helped their students to become stronger more confident dancers. "This work has allowed them to discover the joy of dancing a ballet that is full of challenging movement for both the corps de ballet and the principal dancers," says Alexander.

Alexander is a graduate of Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and has danced professionally with Hartford Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Pennsylvania Ballet. Carter has been teaching ballet for 20 years, and has served as the Associate Director of Massachusetts Youth Ballet, the Assistant School Director of The School of Ballet Arizona, and from 2006-2013, Carter was the school principal of the Miami City Ballet School. Now, he is back in North Texas as the Associate Artistic Director of Chamberlain Performing Arts, a 30-year institution that was founded by Kathy Chamberlain to nurture the talent of pre-professional ballet students in North Texas.

"We feel honored and excited to be a part of the rekindling of this wonderful event! Chamberlain was a frequent participant in the past for this event, and I danced at the festival a couple of times when I was a student here in Dallas," continues Alexander. "We are so pleased to see this terrific event be revived and look forward to seeing all of the participating companies perform."

Chado Danse (Kansas City) Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Chadi El-Khoury spent his formative years in Dallas. He began studying ballet his senior year at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska--so that means he didn't start dancing until he was 21. Chadi graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in Theology and Sociology, minoring in Applied Research Methods before pursuing a BFA at University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance. He then spent the summer of 2010 and 2011 at Kansas City Ballet Summer Intensive, and attended American Dance Festival in 2012 on scholarship. Currently, Chadi is a Performing Artist through Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project Studio Residency, but he will be moving back to Dallas this year bringing with him his fledgling dance company, Chado Danse, and his first step into the city is with the Dallas DanceFest.

Chado Danse will present El-Khoury's duet "Knead Me Whole."

MET Dance (Houston) Since 1995, MET Dance has presented 18 seasons of contemporary dance that explodes into movement, color and emotion. The company mixes the most edgy styles of dance and music, into a kaleidoscope of energy that all audiences enjoy. Seasoned choreographers such as Joe Celej, Larry Keigwin and Kate Skarpetowska alongside new, emerging artists like Robbie Moore enjoy working with this strong and versatile company creating works that dance aficionados of all levels love to watch.

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Danielle Georgiou