What do Michael Jackson, Zac Efron, Bette Midler and Patrick Swayze have in common? They've all worked closely with choreographer Kenny Ortega — a veteran song and dance man who has inspired generations of performers.

On July 31, the Disney Channel premieres his new movie Descendants, starring a number of young, new actors as well as veterans like Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Najimy.


KENDALIA, Texas — Some 40 miles north of San Antonio, along a lonely two-lane road, stands a bedraggled, tin-sided building that hints at Texas’ past.

Kendalia Halle’s multi-tiered wooden truss was decked out in white lights as Bruce and Louetta Schwab joined about 200 others for a monthly dance. The Schwabs live east of Dallas and during their recent visit to central Texas Hill Country decided to visit the old hall, where patrons paid about $20 to hear Bobby Jordan and the Ridgecreek Band. “It’s a combination of her love to dance and my interest in German history,” said Bruce Schwab.

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The exotic sounds and moves of Tango Buenos Aires are coming to San Antonio. 


Rosario Bauza is the Director of Tango Buenos Aires. Their show tells the story of Eva Peron, but through music and dance.

 “The singer is Lucia Alonzo, and the music is original for the show. We have two instruments—two bandoneons, the typical instrument for the tango, and a violin.”

 The Bandoneon is the accordionlike instrument associated with Tango (hit "Listen" above to hear it).

  Bauza says that Tango is at the same time both romantic and melancholic.

Arts San Antonio is bringing one of the iconic New York dance companies to the Alamo City. 

“Yes, we’re going to be performing at the Majestic Theater on Tuesday, February tenth.”

Michael Novak dances with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. He started dancing at about ten. I asked how he discovered dance.

“It was basically because I had tried a lot of other sports and I wasn’t very good at them.”

I had to ask “Was it love at first dance?”

He laughed and said “Yeah, actually, there was something about it very liberating for me.”

Estrella Chacon

An Austin dance troupe called A’lante Flamenco plans an unusual dance and music performance at the Tobin Center.

“We perform something that I like to think of as Flamenco theater.”

Olivia Chacon is their Artistic Director.

“We gear our choreography and also our music to tell stories to try to connect with audiences across cultural boundaries or across generational boundaries.”