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Dallas DanceFest Lineup Announced

The inaugural event, Aug. 29-31, will feature 17 dance organizations, from high school to professional, and will be dedicated to Bruce Wood.

published Thursday, June 26, 2014

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DallasThe Dance Council of North Texas has announced the organizations that will be performing at the inaugural Dallas DanceFest, running Aug. 29-31 at Dallas City Performance Hall. We already knew that the area's three biggies, Texas Ballet Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Bruce Wood Dance Project, would be showcased; but there are 14 more organizations performing in the three-day event. The Fest also includes the Dance Council Honors, and the entire festival will be dedicated to the memory of choreographer Bruce Wood.

There were more than 40 applications from dance groups, and those selected include Avant Chamber Ballet, Rhythmic Souls, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, the Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation, BodyArt and Chado Danse, run by former Dallas dancer Chadi El-Khoury; plus companies from educational institutions such as Southern Methodist University, Tarrant County College and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Here's more from the Dance Council's news release:


Photo: John Brant
Chadi El-Khoury of Chado Danse

Dallas — Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT) is excited to announce the companies and artists selected to perform at the inaugural Dallas DanceFest (DDF) which runs August 29-31, 2014 at the Dallas City Performance Hall (8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday). The three-day event promises to deliver excellence, vibrancy, vitality, and diversity in dance. DDF features performances by Dallas luminaries including Texas Ballet Theater, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Dallas Black Dance Theatre in addition to established, emerging, and academic dance companies and artists. The full roster of performers is below. 2014 DDF is dedicated to choreographer Bruce Wood who passed away suddenly at the end of May. Wood played a pivotal role in establishing and promoting dance in North Texas.


Dance Council Honors coincides with DDF and takes place Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2pm at the Dallas City Performance Hall. This year’s honorees include Nita Braun*, Suzie Jary, Beth Wortley, Buster Cooper*, Joe Cutaia and Ann Briggs-Cutaia, and Dylis Croman. The afternoon begins with a reception followed by a program that includes performances by 2014 DCNT Scholarship recipients, professional dance companies, a silent auction, and the Honors awards presentation. (* awarded posthumously).

Tickets for DDF and Dance Council Honors will be available beginning August 1. 

Companies and artists to perform at the 2014 Dallas DanceFest include:

Avant Chamber Ballet

Ballet Ensemble of Texas


Booker T. Washington HSPVA Repertory Dance Company I

Booker T. Washington HSPVA Repertory Dance Company II

Bruce Wood Dance Project

Chado Danse

Chamberlain Performing Arts

Dallas Ballet Company

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Black Dance Theatre II

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance


Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Mejia Ballet International

Rhythmic Souls

Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Dance Ensemble

Tarrant County College’s Movers Unlimited

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