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Air France Top 10


We are thrilled to be included in Air France’s “Lone Star State 10 highlights”! You can view it online here then go to page 120.
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Learn more about Malta Kano, TX


MALTA KANO, TX tells the story of a couple in crisis where the man and the woman seem to be unable to tame each other anymore. Somewhere along the line, communication was lost. Sometimes, by trying so hard to please to our partner, one transforms and forgets oneself in this meta- morphosis.
Learn more about this beautiful film and read what co-directors Dominic Walsh and Frédérique de Montblanc say about it. Click to view the PDF file.

A Special Request from Dominic Walsh


Dear DWDT  Fans, Friends and Patrons, MALTA KANO,TX is a film I directed with Frédérique de Montblanc and I am delighted to tell you that it has been selected to premiere in April 2015 at the Brussels Short Film Festival in Belgium. I would like to ask for your support to help fund the post production of the wonderful project. We still have 18 days to raise what is needed to finish the post-production of MALTA KANO, TX  and thanks to many generous contributors we have reached 20% of our goal of $5400. I would be thrilled to have you on board as a collaborator and grateful for any contributions of any amount! Please forward the information to your friends and help us bring this project to life. Every contribution counts!! And some great rewards are only a click away! You can read more about the project on our crowdfunding platform Kisskissbanbank by clicking this link: SUPPORT MALTA KANO,TX

DWDT Newsletter - October 2013


Find out what's been happening with DWDT!  CLICK HERE

T-Shirts are Now Available!


Now you can support DWDT and make a fashion statement too! Shirts are available in adult and youth sizes, and we even have infant onesies available! Purchase yours today and all proceeds will support our performance and education programming. More Information...

Guest Teacher - September 9 - 13


l.bettencourtLauren Bettencourt, born in Endwell, NY, is currently the ballet director at Progressions Performing Arts dance studio.  She began her dance training at age five under the instruction of Tina Cristina Price.  At age thirteen, she started training the Vaganova technique under Rafael Grigorian.  With him, Miss Bettencourt performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, and Baba Yaga. Lauren went to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2003. There she performed in many works by George Balanchine, Alan Hineline, Richard Cook, and Marcia Dale Weary. Some of her favorites include Serenade, Divertimento #15, and Raymonda Variations by George Balanchine, and Alan Hineline's Twist, Sleepy Hallow, Coppelia, and Concerto in D. In 2006,  she became an apprentice with Ballet Austin where she had the chance to work with many new choreographers and techniques. Miss Bettencourt was part of many original works such as The Monologue Project by Thaddeus Davis, and Ven Pronto by Gina Patterson as well as company works by Stephen Mills, Thang Dao, and Dwight Rhoden. After Ballet Austin, Lauren joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston, TX. She has had the opportunity to perform the leading roles in some of Dominic's world premiers such as The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and The Nutcracker. Other pieces she has performed include Walsh's For the Two of You, Romeo and Juliet, Le Spectre de la Rose, Bello, Sleeping Beauty, Titus Andronicus, and I Napoletani

An Evening in Italy


Tonight's the night! DWDT's season opens with An Evening in Italy at the Miller Theater in Houston. Click here to listen to Dominic Walsh talking about it on kuha-fm. We hope to see you there!

Home Again!


nyc_2013_joyce We are back in Houston and still catching our breath from the exhilarating experience of our debut at the Joyce Theater in New York City.  We are so grateful to everyone who supported this trip, to our wonderful artists who were magnificent and to the Joyce Theater for inviting DWDT to be a part of this program.nyc_2013_1 Mark Kappel, Editor of Newsnotes Dance Blog said, "The style of choreography is modern dance that is both uniform and symmetrical -- and also dramatically compelling. The tensions between the principal characters are not hidden below the surface but are amplified in the choreography itself." Read the full review HERE. nyc_2013_2

Meet the Artist: Domenico Luciano


Domenico Luciano

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"And our last artist - (last but certainly not least, as he has contributed to the success of DWDT in unmeasurable ways.)  When I met Domenico in January of 2005, I was taken with his stature and movement quality.  He had such mastery of his classical work and had already worked with world-renowned contemporary choreographers.  Domenico introduced me to Mauro Bigonzetti (Pression) and Pompea Santoro, the assistant to Mats Ek (Pas de Dans).  He also helped us to land the first DWDT Jiří  Kylián ballet, Double You.  The deal was that we could have the ballet if he and I would alternate dancing the role.  Domenico grew by leaps and bounds and was my artistic right arm as we strived for the best we could do and give to DWDT.DomenicoLuciano_2_2_2 He continued to surpass my expectations when I created some heavy acting and darker roles for him like, Titus Andronicus, Mozart, Victor Frankenstein, and my favorite role in Romeo & Juliet, Tybalt.  What he has done in Camille Claudel as Camille's Mother, Rodin and The Waltzers, is equally powerful, and his portrayal of The Swan in Swan Lake is- for me- transcendent. We are thrilled to share that this season he will continue to dance in most of our productions, while dancing as a Soloist with the Colorado Ballet, a company with wonderful dancers and a strong artistic team.  We look forward to his ever developing growth and are so looking forward all he will bring to our NYC performances." ~ Dominic Walsh     Domenico Luciano from Naples, Italy joined Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in 2005. Having made his American debut with Tulsa Ballet in 2004, Mr. Luciano studied at the Teatro di San Carlo Ballet School in Naples Italy, and danced with various companies in Europe as a Principal Dancer including Europadance in France, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Germany, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. His repertoire includes many of the classical principal leads such as Romeo, Paris, and Benvolio in both Sir Kenneth MacMillan and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; Paris in Amedeo Amodio’s Romeo & Juliet with Eleonora Abbagnato, Principal Dancer with Paris Opera Ballet; Solor in La Bayadere, The Prince in The Nutcracker, and Albrecht in Giselle, all by Derek Dean; In the Night by Jerome Robbins; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; Roland Petit’s Ma Pavlova with international ballerina Lucia Lacarra; and Don Jose with the National Ballet of China in Carmen.domenico_firebird Mr. Luciano also excels in his contemporary repertoire which includes George Balanchine’s La Valse; Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and Without Words; Orfeo in Carole Armitage’sOrfeo ed Euridice; and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Mediterranea. Also with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, he performed the American premiere of Bigonzetti’s Pression, Michele Merola’s With Painted Lips, Enrico Morelli’s Funabula, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano’s Dicese, Jirí Kylián’s Double You and 27’52 (gala version), and Mats Ek’s Pas de Dans. Dominic Walsh has created many roles especially for Mr. Luciano including Clair de Lune, Le Spectre de la Rose, Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, I Napoletani, Terminus and the title roles in Titus Andronicusand The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for which he also designed the costumes. Since 2005, Mr. Luciano has danced in all of the company’s tours to Mexico, Italy, Spain, Greece, Romania, Florida, New York, Iowa, and Kansas. In 2003, he received the Leonide Massine award in Positano, Italy as Best Male Dancer of the Year and in October 2008, he was named “Best Dancer” by the Houston Press. He also made his choreographic debut in 2008, co-creating The Nutcracker with Mr. Walsh for Ballet Quad Cities. More recently, he performed Mr. Walsh’s tour de force The Firebird with Paris Opera Étoile Marie-Agnès Gillot, Victor Frankenstein, and Time out of Line. Mr. Luciano was named one of 12 Standout performers in 2009 by Pointe Magazine for his portrayal of the White Swan in the White Swan pas de deux from Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and he also received the “Young Italian Talent Award” in Florence, Italy in 2010.domenico_clairdelune

Meet the Artists: Lachezar & Maximilian


We are busy preparing for our debut in August at The Joyce in NYC and aside from the excitement of heading to the Big Apple we are so thrilled with the artists that will be joining us. So for the next few weeks we will be posting updates about these esteemed artists of DWDT dancing at the Joyce! Today we bring you Lachezar Kostov and Maxmillan Isaacson.

Lachezar Kostov

Hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist”, Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in USA, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Mr. Kostov was the National Winner at the MTNA competition. Lachezar Kostov gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator pianist Viktor Valkov. Their first commercial CD was released by NAXOS in 2011 and includes the complete music for cello and piano by Nikolai Roslavets. In 2011 the Kostov-Valkov Duo won the Grand Prix and all special prizes at the Liszt-Garrison Competition in Baltimore. Mr. Kostov is currently pursuing DMA degree at Rice University. He holds diplomas from Yale University, NCSA and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include solo appearance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of Prokofiev’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with the Shepherd School of Music Orchestra as well as multiple appearances in New York, Houston, Baltimore and San Francisco.   lachezar_kostov_290x311                     lachezar_camille             "Lachezar has contributed such elegance and yearning to the Camille Claudel production.  His presence is strong and stoic as the biographer in the the opening scene, then he becomes our impassioned narrator as he serenades our enlivened sculptures.  The scores created by Kinley Lange, are suggestions at times where the Cellist must interpret and color the score.  I have always loved how Lachezar has delivered these wonderful solos and am really thrilled he will join us in New York." ~ Dominic Walsh

Maximilian Isaacson

Max started his dance training at the age of eight at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Lynette Mason Gregg and Luis Fuente in Webster, Texas.  In 2010 Max attended the JKO School at American Ballet Theater under full scholarship. Max has just finished his first season with the Orlando Ballet II dancing in various productions including Vampire’s Ball and The Nutcracker. This is his first season with the Orlando Ballet.  Max has recently been training with Dominic Walsh and Domenico Luciano and is thrilled to perform with DWDT for their New York City, Joyce Theater debut. max_isaacson_290x292                   max_isaacson_280x386   "Max has just started training with us this May and he has been a joy to work with.  He is diligent and serious about the work and his quest for information and improvement.  This is a great gift as a teacher such as myself.  His positive attitude and charming smile brings out my love of coaching and the exchange is so satisfying.  Ben Stevenson used to say rehearsal is like a game of tennis, it's no fun if the person on the other side of the net doesn't hit the ball back to you.  He would say I was always there to hit the ball back to him, and I think Max is one of these dancers.  He will be making his debut as Orefaun in "Afternoon of a Faun" and I'm looking forward to his development in the role." ~ Dominic Walsh
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