John Beasant


John Beasant III is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston’s Dance Program. He received his MFA from the University of Utah. John also enjoys working as an independent dance-maker, teacher, performer, and researcher with various companies, universities, and festivals both nationally and abroad. Last year, John was a [...]

Dance of Asian America


Dance of Asian America (DAA) was established in 2001 to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of China. DAA’s programming is organized around four initiatives. (1)PUBLIC PERFORMANCES of "East Meets West", "Splendid CHINA", "Journey through China" and "Destination China" showcase dances from various 56 ethnic groups of China. Each year, DAA [...]



REACH was founded by the Houston Ballet's Melody Walsh, Connor Walsh, and Oliver Halkowich in 2015. The goal was to provide dancers and choreographers a platform to challenge their creative limits while giving back to the community. REACH had its inaugural performances in April of 2016 with seven new works choreographed by [...]

Bryan Peck


Bryan Peck has been with Karen Stokes Dance since the Fall of 2013. He has also worked with Suchu Dance, Poetry In Motion Dance Company, and J&D Entertainment. He has trained in modern, jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and gymnastics and worked with many choreographers and dancers such as Terrance [...]

Jaime Fruge Walne


Jaime Frugé-Walne, a native Houstonian, is a choreographer, performer, and educator who creates interactive and co-creative performance experiences. Her choreography has been presented at CounterCurrent Festival’s Ten Tiny Dances, Houston’s Fringe Festival, and Sam Houston State University. She has had the pleasure of serving on Frenetic Theatre’s Artist Board where she produced [...]

Teresa Chapman / Chapman Dance


Teresa Chapman is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Chapman received her MFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. As a performer, she has danced for some of the finest Houston-based choreographers, but exclusively with Karen Stokes Dance. In the past, she has danced for choreographers and companies [...]