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Nancy Wozny

Arts/Entertainment

Nancy Wozny once went 10 days without seeing any art, and well, she won't do that again.

Raised in an art-as-food group family, Wozny has been inflicting her opinions on the unsuspecting since her parents first dragged her off to see The Pirates of Penzance, which, at age seven, she found lacking in depth. Today, she divides her time between covering every inch of Houston's art-scape in CultureMap and writing for Pointe MagazineDance SpiritDance TeacherDance Source Houston, and Dance Magazine, where she is a contributing editor.  She was a 2005 NEA Fellow at the Institute for Dance Criticism and scholar in residence at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in 2010 and 2011.

In addition, her work as appeared in the Houston Chronicle, ArtsHouston, HOUSTON, Downtown, CultureVulture, Dance Studio Life, and numerous other publications. In 2006, she retired from her previous life as a movement therapist, where she headed up the Feldenkrais program of movement re-education at Baylor College of Medicine's Pain Control and Functional Restoration. She continues to draw from her clinical experience as a frequent contributer to Dance Magazine's Your Body column. As a leading voice on dancers' health, she has covered such subjects as smoking, sleep, brain research, diabetes, somatics, and health screening.

She blogs at Dancehunter, Houston's longest running dance blog.

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The real history of the Houston Ballet: New movie brings dance drama to life

By Nancy Wozny

The Ballet Russe makes a pit stop in Houston over the holidays during the 1930s. They hit the road again, leaving enough hearts stirred by the spell of ballet magic ...


The Arthropologist

Ben's Last Ballerina: When this leggy dancer leaves the stage and becomes a Mommy Diva, a Houston era ends

By Nancy Wozny

Mireille "Mimi" Hassenboehler is Ben's last ballerina, in that she is the last remaining principal appointed by former Houston Ballet artistic director Ben Stevenson. I've had my little ...


Silver Tray Artist

Ultimate recycling: Artist turns silver trays into timeless sculptures — dents and all

By Nancy Wozny

In the opening passage of Bruce Norris' Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, which proved a season highlight at the Alley Theatre, Bev tries to pawn off her ...


The Arthropologist

A rollercoaster of a Road Show — with music: Tackling this Sondheim isn't for the timid

By Nancy Wozny

Whenever I feel a little low in the theater enthusiasm department, I know it's time for a one on one with Kenn McLaughlin, the wild-eyed artistic director of Stages ...


The Arthropologist

Flashdance meets Frances Ha: Weirdest dance movie ever hits the stage while indie darling shows moves

By Nancy Wozny

Alex welds by day, dances at a strip club by night, meets a powerful guy and longs to be in a ballet company in Adrian Lyne's vintage 1983 dance ...


The Arthropologist

A famous dancer crushes on Houston: Where great ballet happens

By Nancy Wozny

There's nothing like a double dose of Vitamin B this time of year, as in Ballet + Balanchine. A big blast of Balanchine clears out the cobwebs in my brain ...


The Arthropologist

Best memories: Eight powerful performances that made this arts season special

By Nancy Wozny

My inbox is bombarded with new season info. Looks great, people, I'll be there, but not right now, I'm still processing this past season. As May winds down ...


The Arthropologist

Artist Mark Fox manipulates text and blurs lines in If That Then This

By Nancy Wozny

One of the burdens of having spent a few decades studying human movement is being darn good at understanding the bodily evidence of just about everything. Wandering through the Mark ...


The Arthropologist

Love on a Goat Farm: Chick lit writer Katherine Center returns to ranch roots in latest novel

By Nancy Wozny

I met Katherine Center while traipsing through Donald Judd's manly steel sculptures on a trip to Marfa. The author regaled me with tales about what makes a love story ...


The Arthropologist

9 films from 12 nations: Latin Wave Festival features Cuban zombies and Chilean superstar

By Nancy Wozny

Cuban zombies, a trek through Patagonia, and a biopic on famed Chilean superstar Violeta Parra. I'm in. Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America, now in its eighth year ...


Iconic Building Saved

An iconic arts building is saved: Houston's humble dance barn gets a new dramatic future

By Nancy Wozny

I parted with both my childhood home and the home I raised my own children in within a period of six months, so you bet I have something to say ...


The Arthropologist

Leap of faith: Society for the Performing Arts emphasizes power of dance in new season

By Nancy Wozny

Running, skipping, sliding across the stage with a whoosh, and finally leaping into a set of arms may be the most iconic combination of everyday movements in all of modern ...


The Arthropologist

The search for perfection: Why artists can't let go

By Nancy Wozny

"How do you know you are done?" is a familiar question for artists, and one that I heard recently asked to Howard Sherman during a  curator's walkthrough of Howard ...


The Arthropologist

In advance of Carnegie Hall debut, WindSync works to shape a new future for classical music

By Nancy Wozny

It's been more than two years since I sat down with Tracy Jacobson and the rest of WindSync at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. I left ...


The Arthropologist

Pas de Rodeo: Dance critic discovers ballet moves at Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding competition

By Nancy Wozny

Shortly after I moved to Texas from California, I ran into the trail riders on FM 249. "Mom, I accidently moved to the set of Bonanza," I screamed into the ...


The Arthropologist

Image bending: Spanish artist transforms downtown Houston office atrium with Waves

By Nancy Wozny

An email from my old Caroline Collective office mate, John Carrithers, read, "You have to see this." He was talking about Daniel Canogar's Waves in 2 Houston Center. Carrithers ...


The Arthropologist

The halfway point: Houston performing artists experience the joys of mid-career careers

By Nancy Wozny

When Houston Ballet first soloist Kelly Myernick dons her harem pants and takes the stage as Gamzatti, the mysterious murderess of La Bayadere through March 3, she will completely own ...


The Arthropologist

Stages Repertory Theatre takes you inside the director's lab, a creative breeding ground

By Nancy Wozny

When the curtain went up on Julia Cho's The Language Archive at Stages Repertory Theatre, running through March 3, it was not only the first time this Susan Smith ...


The Arthropologist

More than bejeweled eggs: Fabergé exhibition brings Russian history to the forefront at HMNS

By Nancy Wozny

Just the word Fabergé conjures the splendor of late 19th and early 20th century Imperial Russia and those fancy jeweled eggs the Romanovs gave to each during Easter before the ...


The Arthropologist

Can't sit still? The performance experience can be a magnificent or claustrophobic thing

By Nancy Wozny

It all started one dark, troubling day while I was sitting in one of those red velvet plush theater seats. The house lights dimmed, the doors closed, the blood pressure ...


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