This town is firmly on the map as a modern-dance Mecca thanks in no small part to the highly collaborative, supportive relationships among local companies, which are constantly uniting for performances, classes and celebrations of their art. Case in point is the inaugural Houston Dance Festival: Here and Now. The highlight of the festival, which also includes a month of master classes for dancers, is a series of three performances from standout local groups.
Jane Weiners Hope Stone Dance Company takes the stage the first weekend. Her company will present a program of both new and old routines in an evening called Lemonade Stand. The lineup features comical selections from past performances such as The Cooking Show, in which dancers occa-sionally throw flour and other ingredients around the stage between leaps and twirls. Houston Ballet dancers Melody Mennite, Connor Walsh and Kelly Myernick are among the guest stars.
The coming weeks feature performances from Infinite Movement Ever Evolving and NobleMotion Dance. See Lemonade Stand at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Additional programs through September 3. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For a full schedule, call 713‑526‑1907 or visit www.houstondancefestival.org. $20 to $25.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Aug. 11. Continues through Sept. 3, 2011