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METdance is a multi-functional dance organization that excels at entertaining and captivating audiences, instilling a passion and excitement for dance in its students, training the talented youth of Houston and preparing them for careers in dance performance, and inspiring children through the art of dance. For the past 22 years, METdance has been dedicated to enriching the communities of Houston while developing a nationally recognized concert dance company. Through its Founder and Executive Director, Michelle Smith, Artistic Director, Marlana Doyle, and Associate Director, Joe Celej, METdance has become a leader in diversity and vitality of arts presentation and instruction, and aims to continue serving the populace of Houston as well as representing the City of Houston and its dance community across the nation and abroad.
The METdance professional company strives to educate, entertain, and inspire its audiences through a diverse curation of repertory that spans a full range of emotion, content, and collaboration. Based in Houston, TX, USA, METdance performs throughout the United States and provides Houston viewers with a chance to see a vast body of repertory by some of the country’s most prominent contemporary dance artists including Robert Battle (Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Camille A. Brown (Bessie and Princess Grace Award winner), Peter Chu (Artistic Director of chuthis., Rehearsal Director for Netherlands Dance Theater 2), Larry Keigwin (Artistic Director of Keigwin + Co, choreographer for various Broadway Productions), and Katarzyna Skarpetowska (former dancer with Parsons Dance and Lar Lubovitch). METdance’s passionate performers and choreographers come from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and instill the company’s work with a complete spectrum of emotionality and physicality. From comedy and humor to poignant and dramatic, from fierce athleticism to detailed minimalism, METdance is committed to presenting works that speak to every audience member regardless of their background, age, sex, or experience with dance. In this way, METdance is proud to be a leader in diversity and vitality of content.