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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 Arthropologist

No ordinary blueberry pie: Mother and daughter battle in intense Russian adoption drama

By Nancy Wozny

As the mother of sons, I've always been curious about the mother-daughter relationship. Which is exactly why I jumped at the chance to chat with playwright Kathleen Tolan, whose ...


The Arthropologist

Houston Grand Opera's Show Boat is not light on dance: A new look at an old classic

By Nancy Wozny

High-kicking legs fly up in perfect unison while canes sail through the air as choreographer Michele Lynch holds court with the dancers in the Houston Grand Opera production of Jerome ...


The Arthropologist

X-Men (and women) for the Arts: Volunteers use biz superpowers to help small arts groups thrive

By Nancy Wozny

The dreamy sounds of Sting's "Message in a Bottle" wafted through the air as bassist Sandor Ostlund serenaded the packed house at Gremillion & Co. recently as part of River ...


The Arthropologist

The story behind the stories of 2012: Arts columns brought praise — and some angry emails

By Nancy Wozny

I said I wouldn't do an end-of-year list this year. Apparently, I lied.  Here are five fave stories that I wrote in 2012, the aftermath and well, a few ...


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All in the family: A closer look at the Gems of the Medici and the exhibition's namesakes

By Nancy Wozny

It's the holidays, so I'd thought I spend some time with my people: Italians, really old ones, say from the Medici family down at the Houston Museum of ...


Magical Moments

Miracle on Montrose: A dancer stops traffic, defying gravity in The Photobooth

By Nancy Wozny

Editor's Note: We asked CultureMap staffers and contributors to recall their favorite moments of 2012. Nancy Wozny thinks back to a Montrose Boulevard happening that stopped her dead in ...


The Arthropologist

Blood Memory exhibit at Holocaust Museum holds special significance in time of tragedy

By Nancy Wozny

A nation was touched by President Obama's remarks on how we will honor the memory of the lives lost in Connecticut. Hopefully, there will be discussion, legislation, and as ...


The Arthropologist

Horse Head Theatre Co. comes out of hibernation with a dark comedy, Your Family Sucks

By Nancy Wozny

Horse Head Theatre Co. rises from the dead — or a long sleep — with its production of Abby Koenig's Your Family Sucks, which runs from Dec. 6 to 22 at ...


The Arthropologist

Lucky lady: Cathy Rigby never has to grow up in Peter Pan, but she can reveal her secrets of flying

By Nancy Wozny

Once, while playing with my then 4-year old, I couldn't fit through a tunnel on the playground. "Too many birthdays," replied my son, nodding his head sadly. Growing up ...


The Arthropologist

The most twisted, original filmmakers in the world: Inside the Quay Brothers' crazy process

By Nancy Wozny

Bones, blood and scalpels don't scare me. As a doctor's daughter, I grew up discussing rare diseases over dinner. And I'm quite capable of putting an unsuspecting ...


The Arthropologist

Main Street Theater brings love, war — and comedy — to the front lines in Love Goes to Press

By Nancy Wozny

Love and war. It seems they go together. Consider Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, a romance set against the Italian campaign in World War I. Or consider Hemingway ...


The Arthropologist

In praise of makers: Where Houston artists become artisans

By Nancy Wozny

It all started with a red lace dress. "Where did you get that?" I asked Houston Ballet dancer Jordan Reed. "I made it," she replied. Immediate jealousy set it. Reed ...


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Bipartisan cooperation: Houston dance companies join forces for world premiere of squared dancer

By Nancy Wozny

Everyone has a hobby. Mine: arts gossip. So when I heard that The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Hope Stone Dance were dating, I had to check it out for ...


The Arthropologist

Cinema Arts Festival gets happy feet with dance movies, from Trash Dance to American in Paris

By Nancy Wozny

When I introduced Wim Wender's Pina in front of the sold-out crowd at Houston Cinema Arts Festival  2011, I thanked artistic director Richard Herskowitz for including dance in his ...


The Arthropologist

Mayor for 60 minutes: Audience members are the actors in thought-provoking City Council Meeting

By Nancy Wozny

"You are a good mayor," director Mallory Catlett told me as I was leaving a City Council Meeting rehearsal. I got to be the mayor — several in fact — as a ...


The Arthropologist

Dancing behind the camera: Three photographers who light up Houston's performing arts scene

By Nancy Wozny

I go by Dancehunter on Twitter, but Photohunter would really be more accurate. As a dance writer, I'm lost without good photos. I spend a lot of time looking ...


The Arthropologist

When paintings perform: Art becomes more and more theatrical — a little menace included

By Nancy Wozny

I pressed a button and a painting performed for me. Gregorio Vardanega's painting Espaces Chromatiques Carrées en Spirale, part of the Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art ...


The Arthropologist

Meet a performer's best friends: The audience

By Nancy Wozny

When sitting with a group of New York friends, while they pine over the amount of stuff going on, one of them looks up and blurts out, "You don't ...


The Arthropologist

Dance takes high priority at Asia Society Texas Center in classical & contemporary forms

By Nancy Wozny

While all of you were gawking at the marvel of Yoshio Taniguchi’s new Asia Society Texas Center, I was wondering, "Will there be dance in this marvelous building?"  When ...


The Arthropologist

Staying Progressive: Forum adds video & lineup of thoughtful speakers in theater of ideas

By Nancy Wozny

"Look around," I told my son, before Bill Moyers took the stage at The Progressive Forum. "These are your people." There's always a theatrical aspect to these events. First ...


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