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Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

September 28 - September 30

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TDIF celebrates improvisational dance in Texas and beyond, coming together as a community of dance artists to share, inspire, and challenge our improvising arts community. Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser are this year’s guest artists. This year’s festival coordinator is Nina Martin and is hosted by Texas Christian University’s School for Classical & Contemporary Dance.



Thursday, September 28
Evening opening jam

Friday, September 29
Classes all day and evening jam

Saturday, September 30
Classes all day, evening performance, and closing jam/reception



$10 until September 8th, 2017, $15 after. To continue to make TDIF affordable for everyone who would like to attend, we are continuing to offer a low cost registration fee. All of the work and the space is donated, so your fee goes directly to supporting the teaching and performing artists.



Space is limited, so registrations after the deadlines are welcomed depending on availability. If you find that you cannot attend, please do cancel your non-refundable reservation by emailing



Application for Teachers, Performers and Musicians

We encourage you to apply to teach a class, present a piece, or play music for classes and jams.



The TDIF 2017 committee is comprised of: Diane Cahill Bedford, Jordan Fuchs, Sarah Gamblin, Whitney Geldon, Brandon Gonzalez, Nina Martin, Erin Reck, Erika Record, Lily Sloan, and John Stronks.


Guest Artists

Angie Hauser headshotAngie Hauser

Associate Professor of Dance

Contact & Office Hours

47 Belmont Avenue 203
Personal website




MFA, Ohio State University
BA, University of South Carolina


Angie Hauser is a performer, choreographer and director with training in contemporary and postmodern dance, ballet and contact improvisation. Her research focuses on the creation and performance of dances for the stage, and it is grounded in the interrogation and practice of movement, improvisation and collaboration. Known as a bold performer who mixes set choreography and improvisation with personal history, she has been described by The New Yorker as “a tremendous performer…who brings everything she has ever known about dance to the stage in a moment.”

Hauser is a longtime collaborator with the celebrated Bebe Miller Company. As a senior member of the company she has contributed to the repertory as a dancer, performer, writer and choreographic collaborator since 2000, receiving a BESSIE Award for her creative work. Her work with the company is featured on TWO, an online score for Motion Bank/The Forsythe Company and on Dance Fort, an eBook (2014).

Hauser has created performances with dance artist Chris Aiken since 2003. This partnership has yielded multiple grants and commissions by national and international presenters including National Performance Network, The Dance Center, Links Hall, Bates Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church and Florida Dance Festival. Other recent choreographic projects include collaborations with dance artists Jennifer Nugent, Susan Rethorst, Darrell Jones, Andrew Harwood, Paul Matteson, and musicians Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, Tigger Benford and Andre Girbou. Before coming to Smith, Hauser danced with the companies of Elizabeth Streb, Liz Lerman and Poppo Shiriashi and taught on the faculty at Cornell University, Denison University and Columbia College.

In addition to her creative research, Hauser has strong interests in the areas of liberal arts education and the application of movement, design-thinking methodologies and collaboration to creative problem solving in many domains. Hauser teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on choreography and creative process. She also teaches contemporary dance technique, dance improvisation, repertory and performance, and an upper-level theory and practice course on the work of Merce Cunningham and his collaborators.

At Smith, Hauser was integral in the visioning and implementation of the Design Thinking Initiative pilot program and continues to serve on its advisory board. She has served on the board for the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, as the chair of the Department of Dance, and she is a member of the Five College Dance Department.

Hauser will premiere a new work by Bebe Miller Company at the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts in October 2017. In 2018, as part of the DanceMotion USA program, Hauser will travel to Peru and Columbia with the Bebe Miller Company to share creative work and thinking with local communities, fostering dialogue around the human condition and exploring the subtext that our bodies reveal.


Chris Aiken headshotChris Aiken

Associate Professor of Dance and Director of MFA in Dance

Chris Aiken is an internationally recognized teacher and performer of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. He has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, funding from the Jerome Foundation and commissions from the Walker Art Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival and the National Performance Network. He teaches and performs internationally on his own and with his collaborator, Angie Hauser. Aiken teaches improvisation, contact improvisation, contemporary dance technique and theory as well as the science of dance, somatics and choreography.


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Erma Lowe Hall
3000 South University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129 United States