Framing Dance students perform on stage at Zilkha Hall.


Karen Stokes Dance is an advocate for arts and dance education in K-12. 

We believe that arts education is fundamental in guiding creativity and imagination, skills necessary for our future.




Framing Dance 2020: February 4-7th.


We are proud to be serving Houston area students through the Discovery Series.

To get information on booking Framing Dance, or any other Discovery Series:

Contact Judi Stallings to book reservations:



Framing Dance is a special field trip experience into the world of contemporary dance, inclusive of in-school workshops and a 25 page curriculum packet for teachers.   Framing Dance explores dances that tell stories, and dances that do not tell stories.


Teachers and principals contact Judi Stallings at the Hobby Center for reservations at <>.


School buses and student ticket cost provided at no cost to schools.  Limited space, so book early if possible!


Special thanks to our awesome partner:

The Hobby Center for Performing Arts Discovery Series


Framing Dance was created in 2007 by Karen Stokes at the request of the Hobby Center's Discovery Series.   In 2010, Framing Dance was accepted as a special program partner with Young Audiences of Houston.  Since 2010, this program has been fully booked with over 2500 students participating annually.  KSD has served over 20,000 students in the greater Houston area since the inception of the program.


Karen Stokes Dance offers 6-9 week residencies in schools.  For more information:  Toni Valle at <>


Why do we do Framing Dance?

Special Request for your help!


Over 85% of the students attending Framing Dance are from economically disadvantaged areas of the city. While Framing Dance is offered free of charge to schools & students but is not free of cost. Individual donations help us to continue to bring the world dance to students.  Please consider making a donation to KSD today


To make a donation, go to the donate button at the side of this page.  Feel free to specify that your donation is for Framing Dance and KSD education projects.

Framing Dance Documentary Short

Dance Teacher Magazine Award
The above Framing Dance Documentary Short won Editors Choice for Best Video of the
Month on by Dance Teacher Magazine in December 2010.
Adobe Acrobat document [9.5 MB]

Video Excerpts Backstage with Framing Dance



Radio Interview 2011:

Front  Row Interview on Framing Dance 2011



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