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Marlana Doyle entered build-out stage for her new business just before COVID closures. Photo by Ben Doyle, courtesy of ICD

When Houston's beloved METdance lost its lease in 2019, artistic director Marlana Doyle struck out on her own to open the Institute of Contemporary Dance Houston. With a new building, school and performing company, Doyle had carefully set the stage for an April 2020 grand opening.

"I wanted to create a space for everyone, from professionals to those trying dance for the first time—a real home for the arts," says Doyle.

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Acosta leads students through a center combination. Photo by Terrill Mitchell, courtesy of METdance

"Take chances; make mistakes; get messy," says Jesus Acosta to his intermediate adult modern class at Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. It's a quote by Ms. Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus," the children's educational book and television series, and it sums up Acosta's approach to teaching. “I lead with a lot of laughter," he says. “I don't take myself too seriously, and I don't want them to take my class too seriously."

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