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Dance Salad Festival

Cullen Theater at the Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue


The Dance Salad Festival is held every April at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. Under the artistic direction of Nancy Henderek and the auspices of the not-for-profit Houston International Dance Coalition, the DSF provides a platform for nationally and internationally well-known and emerging choreographers to present work. Via a wide variety of professional dance companies, the festival’s mission is to expose audiences to a diversity of cultures and choreographic language, with performances given three evenings in a row. Here audiences see companies that otherwise might never share the same stage in perfectly curated, exciting, and inspiring programs.

In addition to performances, DSF presents other activities such as the Choreographer’s Forum, free to the public; the Afternoon Student Concert, where high school students learn more about dance while viewing the opening night’s dress rehearsal; and film and lecture outreach programs that continue throughout the year in local schools, libraries, and other venues. (MK)

Dance Salad Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Very Good (a short walk from buses 70, 85, 88, 214, 216, 219, 221, 222, 228, 229, 261, 262, 265, and 269 at Smith Street between Texas Avenue and Prairie Streets, and a 5-minute walk from the Light Rail at the Preston stop as well as several other buses in the downtown area)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: Performances held over 3 days with approximately 24 choreographed works representing 5–10 dance companies from around the world
  • Ticket Prices: $20–$50 depending on seating selection. Seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more receive discounts
  • Subscriptions: 3-performance subscription ($54–$135); 2-performance subscription ($36–$90), with prices varying by seating selection.