Past, Present, and Future
Founded in 1995, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center grew out of the ashes of the Delia Stewart Dance Center. The studio, at 1202 Calumet, has been rented continuously for the last 20 years and was the home of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and the Delia Stewart Dance Company. Michelle Smith had been in the building the entire time, first as the studio and company manager of the Delia Stewart Dance Company and currently as the Executive Director of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. As of May 31, 2013 we have expanded in to a newly renovative studio at 2808 Caroline in Midtown.
The Center is the home of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, The Houston Met Too Youth Training Company and The Houston Metropolitan Dance School. It has also housed One True Voice Studios, Heartmoves, The Steven Boyd Dance Ensemble, Uptown Dance Production, Psophonia, Hope Stone, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Chrysalis Dance Company, Dance Ad Deum and many other companies and dance organizations. The Houston Metropolitan Dance Center teaches classes for ages 3 – 12, teens and adults in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop with over 500 students per week walking through the front doors.
The Educational Outreach Program “Swing, Jive, Pop” reaches thousands of children each year with in-school performances and field trip events. The Houston Met Too is a youth training program created out of the growth of the studio and a need to produce our own dancers in the Houston Met style. The company currently has 14 members ranging in age from 13 – 18 and performs its own concert at the Wortham Center/Cullen Theater each year, plus Curtain Warmers for the SPA and many community performances.