Barnstorm Dance Fest provides a taste of the diverse Texas dance scene

Laura GutierrezThe line-up for the 2016 Barnstorm Dance Fest has been announced. Taking place June 16-25 at The Barn in Houston, formerly known as the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, this year’s festival will feature works by 21 different dancemakers across three unique programs.


Now in it’s second year, the Barnstorm Dance Fest offers Houston audiences a diverse selection of Texas-based artists, both emerging and established.


Mollie Haven Miller, interim director of presenting organization Dance Source Houston (DSH), stated, “After an overwhelming response to the call for applications, curators were able to craft three distinct performance rosters to highlight a slice of what Houston has to offer. We are excited to expand the 2016 festival activities beyond performances to include talk back sessions and masterclasses with visiting performers.”


Dark Circles Contemporary Dance rehearses Founder/Artistic Director Joshua L. Peugh’s new work for the 2016 Barnstorm Dance FestFive of the Barnstorm artists have spent the 2015-16 Season as artists-in-residence, receiving rent-free rehearsal space at The Barn in preparation for the June performances. Jacquelyne Jay Boe, Amy Elizabeth, Jasmine Hearn, Laura Gutierrez and Autumn Knight will appear together on Program B to allow audiences to see the full scope of the residency program.


The 2016 Barnstorm Dance Fest will reportedly serve as the final performance for DSH’s management of The Barn. The space will be celebrated immediately following the final show and the dance community is encouraged to attend.


See the full Barnstorm Dance Fest schedule below. For tickets, click here.


Program A: June 16 and 18

Courtney D. Jones/CDJ DANCE

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance/Joshua L. Peugh

Dwain Travis

Emily Robison

Group Accorde

Helanius J. Wilkins

John Beasant III


CDJ DANCE for 2016 Barnstorm Dance FestProgram B: June 17 and 24

Amy Elizabeth

Autumn Knight

Jacquelyne Jay Boe

Jasmine Hearn

Laura Gutierrez


Program C: June 23 and 25

Ad Deum Dance Company

Ashley Horn

Brittany Bass


Felicia Thomas

Houston Repertory Dance Ensemble


Roxanne Claire

The Theorists


Photo (top): DSH Artist-In-Residence Laura Gutierrez will present Locomote for Program B. Photo by Lynn Lane, via Instagram. Photo (left): Dark Circles Contemporary Dance rehearses Founder/Artistic Director Joshua L. Peugh’s new work for Program A. Photo via @joshualpeugh. Photo (right): CDJ DANCE will perform in Program A. Photo by Arthur Fink, via Courtney D. Jones.