Framing Dance students perform on stage at Zilkha Hall.

2021:  The Discovery Series at the Hobby Center has been cancelled due to Covid19. Karen Stokes Dance continues with Framing Dance educational programming through the development of teaching artist video pods for instructors to use in their virtual classrooms. Please contact us through the contact information on this site for more information.


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.


Since 2007, we are proud to have served Houston area students through the Hobby Center Discovery Series Programming.

The Discovery Series is currently on hold due to the pandemic.



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



KSD is a 501c3 non-profit company, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Karen Stokes Dance has been presenting original dance theater & educational programming in Houston Texas for over 20 years. 


Karen Stokes has been twice recognized as the "best choreographer in Houston" and received a Masterminds award from Houston Press. 

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