To enhance the quality of life for individuals and society through the instruction and the performance of dance.
Founded in 1995, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center Inc. strives to educate and revitalize a passion for dance through the finest instruction and performance. With professional and youth dance companies, as well as a strong community outreach program, MET continues to be a leader in the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community. MET Dance Company has performed throughout the United States in dozen’s of theaters receiving high acclaim, performing works by some of the most influential and talented choreographers of our time. Helmed by founder and Executive Director Michelle Smith and Artistic Director Marlana Doyle, the company is the sister organization to the MET Dance Center, which opened the doors to a newly renovated facility in May 2013 in the midtown district.
Houston's second-largest dance training space, MET Dance Center offers comprehensive dance training in multiple disciplines to students of all experience levels, ages 3 and up. This new state-of-the-art facility, also houses Houston MET Too, a non-competitive youth training company that aims to develop the skills and styles required to execute MET’s versatile repertory to perform throughout the Houston community. On average, the youth company consists of 14 members ranging in age from 13 to 18. MET’s educational community outreach program “Swing, Jive, and Pop into Dance” explores the history of the art of dance through performance and narration, reaching thousands of children each year via in- school performances, demonstrations and field trips.
Since its inception, MET Dance has presented the choreography of over 30 artists in Houston and throughout the United States. As of 2013, the company’s repertory consists of 55 pieces, with works by Resident Choreographer Kiki Lucas as well as Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Sidra Bell ( Sidra Bell Dance), Doug Bentz, Nina Buisson, Christine Carlson, Joe Celej (Elisa Monte Dance), Peter Chu (chuthis), Salim Gauwloos, Charlotte Griffin, Larry Keigwin (KEIGWIN + COMPANY), Kiesha Lalama-White, Caleb Mitchell, Robbie Moore, Pattie Obey, Jason Parsons, Erin Reck (Recked Productions), Kate Skarpetowska, Suzi Taylor, Jane Weiner (Hope Stone Dance Company) and Kevin Wynn. In addition to frequent appearances throughout Houston and the surrounding area, MET Dance has performed at the Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival, YES! Dance Invitation, the Great Friends Dance Festival, Dance St. Louis, the Baruch Performing Arts Center during the REVERB Dance Festival , the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts during Dance Gotham, the Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival , the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow, the Grier School Gala, the Midwestern Arts Conference , Dance Chicago and the Dallas Morning News Festival.