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Past Performances

Below is a list of past performances for the 2018–2019 season. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming performances and events.


October 5–6, 2018
 – Moody Performance Hall

The Drums. The Movements. The Vibrant Colors. 

DanceAfrica, a festival of African arts and culture, touches your spirit as dancers and drummers ignite the stage. Internationally renowned guest artist and Washington, DC-based Step Afrika! celebrates the historic connection between traditional African dance and the art form of stepping, a ritual for African American fraternities and sororities across America.




DanceAfrica Marketplace & Festival

October 6, 2018
 – Annette Strauss Square

Enjoy the day-long FREE DanceAfrica Marketplace and mainstage performances with fun and games for the entire family. 

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Director’s Choice

November 2–4, 2018 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

Relevant. Powerful. Moving. 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Director’s Choice features some dynamic and powerful works. The Dallas premiere of Bodies as Site of Faith and Protest by choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans transcribes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  ‘We Shall Overcome’ speech into dance. Bruce Wood Dance Artistic Director Joy Bollinger’s This Time makes its world premiere during the series with a reflection on the fleeting nature of time in important relationships. The New York Times describes Absolute Rule by New York City choreographers Elisa Monte and David Brown as, “…a virtuosic duet with entangled acrobatics that cleverly describes a male-female relationship.” The strength and stamina of DBDT dancers are showcased as they explore the complexities and layers of life’s unexpected challenges in Dallas Arts District Executive Director Lily Cabatu Weiss’ Thrown for a Loop.

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Behind the Scenes

November 19–21, 2018 – DBDT Studios

The community is invited to take a Free peek “Behind the Scenes” of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s five performing companies at the DBDT studios. This collection of intimate noontime performances provides an opportunity for audiences to meet the dancers, get a glimpse of their rehearsal process and preview works that are being developed for future performances. Monday and Tuesday DBDT and DBDT: Encore! perform. On Wednesday the three youth ensembles from the Dallas Black Dance Academy perform.

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Black on Black

December 7–8, 2018 – DBDT Studios

Infectious Dance. Holiday Party. Captivating Collaboration.

It’s a unique experience! A complimentary holiday Happy Hour starts the evening. Then DBDT and DBDT: Encore! dancers showcase their skills as choreographers, creating holiday-themed works performed by their fellow dancers. The evening concludes with a Live DJ and DBDT dancers in an after-party finale. All this holiday fun for the price of one ticket! You must be 21 or older to attend.


Cultural Awareness

February 15–17, 2019 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

Rooted in History. American Treasures. Sultry and Seductive.

DBDT salutes the “Queen of American Folk Music” and the “High Priestess of Soul.” Two women of courage influenced the world and used their musical voices for change. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Rehearsal Director and Guest Artist Matthew Rushing exemplifies Odetta Holmes’ magical voice by blending soul-stirring movements to folk, gospel, and blues music in ODETTA. Iconic choreographer Dianne McIntyre’s Nina Simone Project epitomizes her regal presence with choreography set to Simone’s signature classical, jazz, and soul fusion.


Dancing Beyond Borders – Fort Worth

March 16, 2019 – W. E. Scott Theatre (Fort Worth, TX)

This is the perfect setting to indulge in the best of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Both DBDT and DBDT: Encore! perform with meticulous technique and artistry, crowd-pleasing season highlights in Fort Worth.


Dancing Beyond Borders – Richardson

March 22, 2019 – Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations (Richardson, TX)

This is the perfect setting to indulge in the best of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Both DBDT and DBDT: Encore! perform with meticulous technique and artistry, crowd-pleasing season highlights in Richardson. 

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DBDT: Encore! – Rising Excellence

April 12–13, 2019 – Moody Performance Hall

Daring. Adventurous. Bold Theatrics.

Dr. Lorenzo “Rennie” Harris is known for going outside the box to choreograph hip-hop works fusing Shakespearean narrative with hip-hop vocabulary while mixing hip-hop music with rock, modern and classical sounds. The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival commissions a new work for DBDT: Encore! by emerging choreographer My’kal J. Stromile. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2018 with its prestigious Héctor Zaraspe Choreographic Award. Now an apprentice with Boston Ballet, Stromile is right at home with DBDT: Encore!, having danced with the company while attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Stromile’s choreography takes influence from ballet, stretching beyond the classical form and layered with many facets of expressionism. 

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Spirit of Now

May 2–3, 2019 – Ailey Citigroup Theater

Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to New York City for a sixth season on May 2–3, 2019, at 8:00 pm in the Ailey Citigroup Theater, New York, NY. The series Spirit of Now showcases three New York premieres that encompass the theme by choreographers Tommie-Waheed Evans, Juel D. Lane, and Claude Alexander III, as well as the iconic works of Elisa Monte & David Brown and Christopher L. Huggins.

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Spring Celebration

May 17–19, 2019 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

Panache! Style! Passion! 

That’s the New York Times description of guest artist Ballet Hispánico. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the nation’s premier Latino dance company that shares Latin culture through the lens of contemporary modern dance. Get ready for a soul-satisfying journey with Princess Grace award-winning choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie. He is creating a new work for DBDT that weaves together multiple genres.

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The BIG Dance

June 1, 2019 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

Kick-off the summer June 1, 2019, at a dance party that will have five floors of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre rocking with music that will transport you back to the 20s. It’s The BIG Dance, a dance party for the Big D. Experience the Harlem Renaissance in the Roaring 20s with live bands on five levels of the Wyly Theatre.

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