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Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) celebrates its 40th anniversary during the 2016–2017 season, 40 Years Forward, from history to innovation. The season’s theme reflects the trajectory of the company that has maintained its excellence in artistry as it has developed into a world-renowned dance organization. This season includes three world premieres, including a commissioned work that reflects the legacy of the organization and another utilizing technology to create a unique audience experience. DBDT’s season promises magnetic performances all year long.

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2016-2017 | 40th Season Calendar

Director’s Choice

November 4-6, 2016 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

Travel back in time through 100 years of Black dance masters in Tribute, and more…

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Black on Black

December 9-10, 2016 – DBDT Studios

This performance showcases the choreography skills of DBDT and DBDT: Encore! (formerly DBDT II) company members as they create dance works for their peers to perform. Patrons 21 and over are welcome.

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29th International Conference & Festival of Blacks in Dance

January 26–28, 2017 – Majestic Theatre

Enjoy showcase performances by internationally renowned dance companies including the founding companies of The International Association of Blacks in Dance.

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Cultural Awareness

February 17-19, 2017 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

The 40-year evolution of Dallas Black Dance Theatre unfolds in Interpretations, a multimedia world premiere by DBDT dancer and choreographer Sean J. Smith, and more…

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Dancing Beyond Borders – Richardson

March 3, 2017 – Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations (Richardson, TX)

Experience highlights of our season right in your hometown! DBDT and DBDT: Encore! perform for our patrons in Richardson.

Tickets go on sale through Eisemann Center’s box office January 2, 2017.

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Dancing Beyond Borders – Fort Worth

March 11, 2017 – W. E. Scott Theatre (Fort Worth, TX)

Experience highlights of our season right in your hometown! DBDT and DBDT: Encore! perform for our patrons in Fort Worth.

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DBDT: Encore! – Rising Excellence

April 7-8, 2017 – Dallas City Performance Hall

Straight from New York City, former Ailey II dancer Levi Philip Marsman and SMU alum Shauna Davis bring their energetic and contemporary choreography to the powerful, passionate precision of DBDT: Encore! (formerly DBDT II).

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Spring Celebration

May 19-21, 2017 – Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre

A grand finale to the 40th season with Dallas premieres by Ballet and Modern Dance masters!

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Past Performances

Below is a list of past performances for the 2016-2017 season. Join our mailing list to receive information about upcoming performances and events.


October 7-8, 2016 – City Performance Hall

Experience a weekend packed with dance by all five DBDT companies.

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DanceAfrica Festival

October 8, 2016 – Annette Strauss Square

Immerse yourself in the 10th annual festival and performances that include a marketplace filled with vendors, music, art, food, and children activities—fun for the entire family.

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