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Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams to inspire minority boys and girls to appreciate dance as an art form and to realize the possibility of dance as a means to express their creativity, Dallas Black Dance Theatre offers dance opportunities for the entire population, regardless of race, age or circumstance, through professional dance concert performances, arts-in-education programs, community outreach activities, and dance training classes.
DBDT has grown from a community-based, semi-professional organization to a fully-professional dance company that is renowned in the U.S. and noted for its rich cultural diversity, history of inclusion, and high-level of artistic excellence in contemporary modern dance and educational programs.
During its 2014-2015 Season, DBDT served an audience of 100,004 patrons in Dallas and around the globe, consisting of a multicultural audience: 50% African American, 30% Caucasian, 14% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and 2% Multi-Racial.
Located at the eastern end of the thriving downtown Dallas Arts District, the company produces high-quality dance programs by training skilled dancers, acquiring and producing excellent choreography and obtaining the best technical assistance for productions.
Designated “American Masterpiece Touring Artist” by the National Endowment for the Arts, DBDT has performed across the globe in 31 states, 14 countries and 5 continents; with tours in Peru, South Africa, Austria, Uganda, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, Canada and many other countries elevating the Company’s international reputation. Notable performance venues include Lincoln Center in New York City, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and the 2012 London Olympics.
DBDT employs a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers performing for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, including a Dallas home season as a resident performing company in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center, a New York season, and local, regional, and national tours.
The professional company, DBDT, consists of 12 full-time salaried dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by nationally and internationally recognized choreographers.
DBDT II, the second performing company, was formed in 2000 to help keep up with demand and continue to serve the local community. This volunteer company consists of 8 semi-professional artists from around the nation to support local and regional educational outreach programs.
Dallas Black Dance Academy is the official dance training school of DBDT and offers year-round classes in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and ethnic dance for ages 4 and up to more than 475 students per week.
DBDT’s Academy features three performing ensembles: Allegro, Senior, and Junior Performing Ensemble; comprised of youth ages 9-18, who have intensively trained at the Academy during the academic year and have excelled in its summer enrichment programs.
Education is a primary focus of DBDT, and the company offers workshops, master-classes, lecture/demonstrations, residencies, mini-performances, student matinees and a variety of dance services to elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities, social service agencies, and recreational facilities within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and across the nation.
Through its community outreach programs and arts-in-education programs in schools, DBDT conducts more than 150 outreach and dance education programs in Texas and the DFW Metroplex.
DBDT serves the region as the only predominately minority professional dance company in the five-state area of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.