About Us
Rebecca French is a contemporary dance choreographer based in Houston, TX. She founded FrenetiCore Dance in 2003 with composer/filmmaker Robert Thoth and created original work under the organization’s name until 2016. In 2006 French and Thoth built Frenetic Theater, a venue for theatre, dance, film and visual arts in Houston's East End. In 2008 they founded the Houston Fringe Festival, a five day performance festival featuring cutting-edge shows in multiple disciplines.

French has produced 2-3 original full-length works per season since 2003, in addition to creating 9 dances for film. She was chosen by the Houston Press as one of Houston's 100 Creatives in 2012, as well as one of our city's Top 10 Choreographers in 2013, and her company FrenetiCore was named as one of Houston's Top 10 Dance Companies in 2014 while she was its Artistic Director.
Rebecca’s dance creations have been presented by the Cullen Theater, TEDx Houston, JCC’s ChoreographersX6, CounterCurrent Festival, Miller Outdoor Theater, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, New Orleans and Houston Fringe Festivals, Dance Houston, Italy’s Trieste Film Festival, CORE Dance, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, and Rice University. She has been featured in Houstonia Magazine, CultureMap, Houston Press, Arts + Culture Texas, Broadway World, Houston Citybook, Outsmart Magazine and the Houston Chronicle.

Rebecca has led after-school dance programs for at-risk youth for over ten years, worked with Children's Prison Arts Project to bring movement to incarcerated youth, and taught dance classes to homeless LGBT teens at the Grace Place homeless outreach center. She currently teaches dance classes at Cypress Dance Project and the Houston Met Dance Center.

French’s approach to choreography is based on her study of theater and numerous dance disciplines, including modern dance, ballet, jazz, folk (Japanese butoh, African, Middle Eastern), ballroom, hip-hop, and gymnastics. She is most interested in highly theatrical work that entertains while expressing profound truths about the human condition. Rebecca’s most recent work includes the Station Museum of Contemporary Art’s Performance Series, where she curated two nights of dance and poetry in collaboration with the poet Ayokunle Falomo, performed in conjunction with the Andres Serrano Torture exhibit.

Critical Acclaim
Beethoven RECNSTRUCTED - thedancedish
WIRED - Houston Press
Rite of Summer - Houston Press
Contributing Artists
  1. Kay Colleymore
    Kay Colleymore
    KAYLA COLLYMORE is originally from Asbury Park, New Jersey. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University earning a BFA in Dance. Kayla spent one year in Beijing, China creating, teaching, and performing with HouYing Dance Theater. Prior to living in China she danced with the Brian Brooks Moving Company, apprenticed for the Stephen Petronio Company during their 2012 Joyce season, and studied as a full scholarship student at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in the Movin' Commercial Dance Program.
  2. Siri Ell
    Siri Ell
    Siri, a Houston native, began her training at the Houston Ballet Academy. After completing levels 1-8 there, she went on to receive training, as well as graduate from the Hamburg Ballet School, before dancing with the Oregon Ballet Theatre. She has returned to Houston as a freelance modern dancer, knit bomber, and proud cat mom.
  3. Timithy Holecek
    Timithy Holecek
    Tim comes from New Mexico, where he earned his B.A. in Dance. He has worked with several international choreographers including Bill Evans, Debra Knapp, Dana Nicolay, David Justin and Andy and Dionne Noble, to name a few. He is also a current company member of Nicolay Dance Works. As a recent M.F.A. graduate of Sam Houston State University, Tim is excited to be joining Ash Danceworks in their Premiere season.
  4. Tawnya Kannarr
    Tawnya Kannarr
    Tawnya is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she just finished her Master in Fine Arts, Dance at Sam Houston State University. She has had the privilege of dancing with Companies such as Rosenkrans Dans, Scorpius Dance Theatre and NobleMotion. She is excited to joing Ash DanceWorks in their premiere season.
  5. Nina Lahoti
    Nina Lahoti
    Nina is a current high school senior at St. John's School. She has been dancing for three and a half years, mainly through her school. Nina plans to continue dancing in the future.
  6. Holly Moran
    Holly Moran
    Holly Moran trained and received her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Arizona. Since then,she has danced on The Majesty of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, was a featured soloist for 6 years with Center Dance Ensemble in Phoenix, and had the privilege of performing in numerous main stage theatrical productions. Now playing the role of 'Mommy' to her two children, Holly has added outreach programs, choreography, direction, and instruction to her bag of tricks. Holly is thrilled and blessed to continue pursuing her passion for dance performance.
  7. Roberta Paixao Cortes
    Roberta Paixao Cortes
    Roberta was born and raised in Brazil and received her classical ballet training there. While in the US, she has had the opportunity to work with a number of independent choreographers and dance companies, and currently also performs with Chapman Dance and The Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble. Roberta is a RYT500 yoga teacher, a ballet teacher and serves as director, choreographer and dancer for Group Acorde.
  8. James Pitre
    James Pitre
    James is a professional choreographer and dancer from Banning California. He discovered his passion for modern, jazz and hip-hop, when he began his training at age 11. At 18, James moved to Los Angeles where he trained under choreographers Matt Cady, Nate Adams and JR Taylor; performing at the world famous Carnival Ball. In Houston, James has taught dance for HISD and several other programs. He has also performed with Freneticore, Rice Dance Theatre, son Kiss’d, and others. He is also currently a member of Urban Souls Dance Company.
  9. Paige White
    Paige White
    Paige White is originally from Chicago, Illinois, raised in Georgia. She graduated from Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School as a Dance major, Drama minor. She has been in musicals such as Aida, Ragtime, and Hairspray. She has been a performer at The Strand Theater in Marietta, Georgia singing and dancing in Motown Sound and Footloose the Musical. She got accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School Professional Ballet Trainee program on a full tuition scholarship in New York and dance there for the past three years. She has danced the parts Lead Flower, Snow, and Chinese in Joffrey Ballet School’s Nutcracker and Canary Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She has choreographed works such as Deliberation, Warriors, and Reluctance in Joffrey’s student choreography showcase. Paige is eager to perform this season with the Houston Metdance.
  10. Jessicaa Eff
    Jessicaa Eff
  11. Vincent Calleros
    Vincent Calleros
    Vincent Calleros, an ambitious dancer from Arizona, graduated from Scottsdale Community College with an Associates in Fine Arts Dance and Associates in Applied Sciences Dance Technology. Previously he has danced with EPIK Dance Company, Instinct Dance Corps., and The Be Kind People Project. As well, he has worked with former dancer of Diavolo Philip LeRoy Flickinger, Kathryn Alter of the Limon Company, former dancer of Batsheva Dance Ron Amit, and BARE Dance’s Mike Esperanza. Currently he is obtaining his Bachelors of Fine Arts Dance at Sam Houston State University; and, is eager to graduate so that he may continue to seek knowledge and experience so that he may continue to influence/educate young dancers.
  12. RaShawn Hart
    RaShawn Hart
    RaShawn Hart, new to the Houston area and pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Having recently moved from Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Scottsdale Community College with his associates in Fine Arts in Dance and has danced with such companies as Moving company and Instinct Dance Corps and has worked with choreographers such as, Chad Michael Hall of Multiplex Dance, Ron Amit former dancer of Batsheva Dance Company, Mike Esperanza Artist Director and Owner of BARE Dance Company in New York City, Kathryn Alter of Limon Dance Company, and Philip LeRoy Flickinger former member of Diavolo Dance Theatre.
  13. Joseph Stevens
    Joseph Stevens
    Joseph Stevens- Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, later relocating to San Antonio, Texas where he attended Tom C ‬Clark High School studying vocal performance as well as trained in dance for 4 years under Director Sarah ‬Visel. He continued his studies at the University of North Texas earning a degree in the Bachelor of Arts in Dance, while also gaining knowledge from a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program.‬ In doing so, he has studied under astounding professors such as Shelley Cushman, Claudia Howard Queen, Mary Lynn Babcock, Robin Lakes, ‬Erin Boone, Sue Collins, Karen Maclntyre, Whitney Geldon, and Lily ‬Sloan. Also, working with guest artists and instructors such as ‬Libby Rhodes, Carl Flink (Black Label Movement), Contra- Tiempo ‬Urban Latin Dance Theatre, Joshua L. Peugh(Dark Circles Contemporary Dance), Alumni Jake Bone of Douge Verone & Dancers, Alumni Amy Tulley (Diavolo) and‬ many others. Recently, relocating to Houston, Tx, he plans to continue his ‬exploration of dance performance, choreography, and pedagogical practices as a dance apprentice in the Open Dance Project company under artistic director/founder Annie Arnoult in the Heights of Houston.
  14. Cooper Paul
    Cooper Paul
    Cooper began dancing when she was three years old in Northern California and then went on to train at Ballet Conservatory of South Texas in San Antonio and SLK Ballet in New York City. Cooper is currently a sophomore at the University of Houston, pursuing a degree in Teaching & Learning, pre-k through 6th grade. Cooper made her professional debut with Sensedance, a contemporary company, in January of 2015 at New York City Center. At this time, Cooper is studying vocal performance and actively auditioning for musical theatre roles throughout Houston.
  15. John Edward Ross
    John Edward Ross
  16. Richard Ford
    Richard Ford
  17. Tim Thomson
    Tim Thomson
    Tim Thomson is a Creative Director at Staging Solutions, and a director and designer of film, video, and independent media projects in Houston since 1989. As a theatrical designer, has created sound and video for productions at Stages Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theater, Mildred’s Umbrella, Dominic Walsh Dance Company, Classical Theater Company, Infernal Bridegroom Productions and the Catastrophic Theatre. In 2011 he was named one of the Houston Creative 100 by the Houston Press.