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Dance Salad Festival: Turning Shakespeare into Modern Dance

Dance Salad Festival: Turning Shakespeare into Modern Dance

Dance Salad Festival - BannerThis week (April 13-15, 2017), dance troupes spanning genres and countries are descending on Houston for the annual Dance Salad Festival from the Houston International Dance Coalition.

One such group is the Susanna Leinonen Company of Finland, which will perform two pieces: a modern dance interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and a contemporary piece called Touch of Gravity.

Michael Hagerty went to watch the group rehearse at the Wortham Center downtown and learns how they adapt a classical piece of literature into modern dance.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →