A place where voices are given life... and where dancers do what they love.
 
 
 
CITY DANCE COMPANY

"My daughter could take dance lessons from a number of places, including at her school; however, she would not receive the warmth and special attention she gets at City Dance. Not only are they teaching her the fundamentals of dance (at age 3) but also they make it fun and exciting. We recently celebrated Faith's birthday at City Dance, and the owner, Sherese, and her staff was outstanding. Several days in advance, they made sure the day would be a success."

Melanie Miles
Attorney-at-law
Houston TX 77092

PROFESSIONAL COMPANY'S MEMBERS AND STAFF

Established In 1994 by Creative Director and Founder Sherese Campbell, Houston City Dance Studio is a non-profit dance school and performing arts organization that seeks to reflect the ethnic diversity of the Houston Metropolitan area. Since then, Ms. Campbell has been the driving force in teaching the school's over 200 dance students, many of whom receive scholarships. The school boasts an internationally diverse body of students and alumni, with dancers hailing from Russia, China, Japan, Hungary, India, Nigeria, Mexico, Germany, and Italy, as well as various Houston neighborhoods. Ms. Campbell's commitment to dance education and instruction is evident in City Dance's comprehensive class schedule, featuring an array of ballet, jazz, modern, tap, break-dancing, and hip-hop offerings that cater to students of all ages and ability levels.

The Company maintains an "Artist-in-Residence" status with Rice University and has performed extensively in Houston-area venues and abroad, including Spain, France, Switzerland, and Monaco. Ms. Campbell's work with the company led the Houston press to describe City Dance as "urban, edgy, explosive, and very sexy". Houston City Dance is a non-profit educational organization which enjoys the support of grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance as well as private companies, foundations and individual donors.

City Dance's touring company performs their vibrant mix of jazz, hip-hop, and classical styles in theaters and at cultural events locally and internationally. The Company's performers are young adults of diverse ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds, some of whom were at-risk students or high school dropouts from troubled backgrounds. The Company's students are routinely expected to give their time and talent to the community by promoting the art of dance through community service at venues such as schools, retirement and assisted living facilities, hospitals and homeless shelters.

The company is a flowing tapestry of visual and aural experience, and to watch City Dance perform is to see the pulsing synthesis of cultures, languages, neighborhoods, and lives. The company's practice studio shakes with the beating rhythms of innovation and tradition, the near-primordial screams and echoes of the mind working with and against the body, gathering a verve that spills into the performance halls and out onto the city's streets.

Long established on a foundation of passion, integrity, and technical precision, City Dance works daily to expand and enrich the boundaries of contemporary dance. Utilizing the medium of dance to explode dichotomies to create art which is graceful and volcanic, ethereal and dramatic, City Dance repeatedly invents and reinvents itself artistically on the stage and socially through public service in the community.

Sherese Campbell

Sixteen years ago, Sherese Campbell endeavored to create a dance company capable of embodying her ambitious and eclectic artistic vision. Committed to forming a company that would reflect her own experiences, as well as the diverse lives of its dancers, Ms. Campbell combined the principles of her artistic training with a personal goal to positively affect social change. In 1994, Ms. Campbell established City Dance, Inc. bringing together dancers from a myriad of ethnic and cultural backgrounds from the city of Houston; her dream of a multi-ethnic, socially conscious and artistically vibrant company became a reality.

Sherese Campbell is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She has trained under masters Larry Long, Lou Conte, and Maria Tallchief and studied with the Ruth Page Foundation of Dance in Chicago, Illinois. Later, she worked as a scholarship student with the Dance Theater of Harlem in the 1970's before touring Europe and the United States as a professional dancer and teacher with one of Finland's premiere dancing institutions in the 1980's. Before realizing her dream in City Dance, Inc., Ms. Campbell chaired the dance department at Episcopal High School in Houston and was a dance instructor at Prairie View A & M University in Prairie View, TX. Sherese Campbell has received an individual artist fellowship grant for her edgy and beautiful choreography from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County (currently known as the Houston Arts Alliance). Ms. Campbell is regarded by many in the dance community as one of the most inspiring and motivational dance teachers in Houston today.

Ms. Campbell has watched her company grow and evolve, as she constantly strives to teach students and dancers to find their own voices along the way.

Jaimee Vilela

Jaimee joined in 2001 and has acted as a principal dancer and been named director of the City Dance Ensemble since. Jaimee studied dance for 13 years at the Banbury School of Dance being accepted to study at the Robert Joffrey School of Dance Summer Program in New York. An active member of the Filipino cultural community, Jaimee was a choreographer for the Filipino Student Association at the University of St. Thomas where she received her bachelor's degree. Graduating from the Texas Heart School of Cardiopulmonary perfusion Jaimee has been a cardio thoracic perfusionist at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston. Jaimee teaches workshops at City Dance and at her local church and other venues. In 2010 Ms. Vilela received an Emerging Artist Choreography grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.

Kim Taylor

Ms. Kim Taylor began dancing at the age of five under the direction of Debbie Busby at Busby Dancecenter in Victoria, TX. She was a member of the Victoria Ballet Theatre for four years. She was accepted into both Joffrey and Ballet Austin's summer intensive programs. Ms. Kim traveled with the Victoria Ballet Theatre to Regional Dance America for two years. She had the opportunity to travel with VBT to Austria and Germany to perform and take master classes.

She was an officer of her high school dance team for two years and Captain her senior year. Ms. Kim won numerous awards at camps and was a solo winner at a competition the drill team attended. She is a 2007 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Dance. Ms. Kim had the opportunity to perform in Kista Tucker's Dance Company and the Sam Houston Dance Company performances.

She is currently dancing with the City Dance Company in Houston. Ms. Kim has had the privilege of being an instructor at City Dance since January 2008 and enjoys sharing her love of dance with others.

Candace Thomas

Candace D. Thomas began dancing at the age of 5 at Vicki's Dance Studio in Alexandria, LA.

Through dance she has had many opportunities to travel, study, and perform in places such as New York and the Bahamas.

Candace is currently studying nursing at Prairie View A & M University and is also a member of the City Dance Ensemble and an apprentice of City Dance Company.

Lauren Anderson

Guest Teacher From The Houston Ballet

Currently an Outreach Associate with The Houston Ballet, Lauren is a native Houstonian and danced with The Houston Ballet from 1983 to 2006, performing leading roles in all the great classical ballets, appearing across the world to critical acclaim, and in the process, becoming one of Houston Ballet's most beloved stars.

In January 2007, Ms. Anderson assumed the role of Outreach Associate in Houston Ballet's education department where she teaches ballet classes at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, conducts master classes at area schools, and lectures to students on dance and her historic career as one of America's most distinguished African-American ballerinas.

She trained exclusively at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy from the age of seven. She joined Houston Ballet in 1983 and in 1990 became the first African-American to be promoted to principal dancer at Houston Ballet and one of the few African-American ballerinas at the head of a major ballet company anywhere in the world.

Ms. Anderson danced leading roles in numerous classical ballets. Her repertoire consists of works by George Balanchine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Christopher Bruce, James Kudelka, and Trey McIntyre. Ms. Anderson created the title role in Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra, and her performance received accolades from international critics. Ms. Anderson has performed across the world as a guest artist, appearing in New York, Chile, Moscow, and Chicago.

She has been honored by numerous organizations including The Martin Luther King Foundation, Coalition of 100 Black Women, YWCA, the Urban League and Delta Gamma Foundation, to name a few. Most recently, Ms. Anderson has been appointed Artist in Residence of the Fine Arts Department at Texas Southern University in Houston.

Ronda G. Lewis
Administrative Assistant


 
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