Dallas Black Dance Theatre

2016-17 for Dallas Black Dance Theatre

The 40th season for DBDT includes three world premieres, including a tribute to 100 years of black dance masters. Plus, travels to Belize and Chile.

published Monday, August 22, 2016

Photo: The Dallas Dance Project
Dallas Black Dance Theatre


Dallas — The 40th season for Dallas Black Dance Theatre has been announced. It includes three world premieres, one of which was a recipient of a 2016 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund grant. That work, Tribute by Matthew Rushing, will pay homage to 100 years of black dance masters. It appears in the Director's Choice program Nov. 4-6. Before that is the annual DanceAfrica, Oct. 7-8. In the spring comes the Cultural Awareness Series (Feb. 17-19) and Spring Celebration (May 19-21). There are also programs from DBDT: Encore (the new name for DBDT II) and other events. The company will also travel to festivals in Belize and Chile in the coming season.


Below is the complete news release about the season:

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) announces 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. New this season, DBDT is offering an innovative initiative, group season subscriptions.

Photo: The Dallas Dance Project
Dallas Black Dance Theatre

DBDT celebrates its fourth decade with some nostalgic dance themes. Matthew Rushing, of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is choreographing Tribute, a dance that chronicles 100 years of Black dance masters. It will be a world premiere during the Director's Choice series, November 4-6, 2016, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Mr. Rushing's choreography has been selected as a recipient of a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund.

The 40-year evolution of Dallas Black Dance Theatre unfolds in the world premiere of Interpretations by DBDT company member Sean J. Smith. Interpretations makes its world premiere during the Cultural Awareness series, February 17-19, 2017, at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Interpretations is supported in part by an award from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

"Dallas Black Dance Theatre is rich with history and we are excited to tell the story of our 40-year legacy through dance," said Ann Williams, founder of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. "We are grateful to all of our patrons and sponsors over the decades. We could not have reached this milestone without their support." Dallas Black Dance Theatre is the largest minority arts organization in Dallas and the tenth largest in the country.

In addition to historical pieces, DBDT will be using innovation so members of the audience can create their own experience in Tiffany Rea-Fisher's The B Side. Headphones will allow them to select from three original music scores as they view the dance. The world premiere of The B Side reinvents the concert dance experience during the Director's Choice series.

The season finale during the Spring Celebration series at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre includes both choreography and dancers from Ballet Austin. Ballet Austin's Artistic Director, Stephen Mills, will premiere a contemporary piece in Dallas with DBDT company members. In addition, the performance will also feature special guest artists from Ballet Austin.

Other performances include the October season opener, DanceAfrica, during the tenth annual DanceAfrica festival at the Annette Strauss Square and performances October 7-8, 2016, at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Dancing Beyond Borders features both DBDT and DBDT: Encore! (formerly DBDT II) in Metroplex performances in Richardson and Fort Worth during March 2017. The Rising Excellence series showcases DBDT: Encore!, the next generation of professional dancers, April 7-8, 2017, at the Dallas City Performance Hall.

The 2016-2017 touring season of Dallas Black Dance Theatre includes international performances in Dance X BZ 2016 in Belize City, Belize in November 2016 and the Fintdaz Festival in Iquique, Chile in May 2017.



Dallas Black Dance Theatre has developed an innovative Group Season Subscriptionfor the 2016-2017 season. The new process will allow groups of at least 10 people to book multiple performances, through a group season subscription, and receive a 30 percent discount on performance tickets.

"The group season subscriptions allow educational institutions, universities, and other groups to streamline their requisition and approval process for payment. This will make it easier for them to plan group activities over a year," said Zenetta Drew, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Executive Director. "This group subscription has a deep discount, the largest one that we offer."

Both group season and regular season subscriptions are on sale now. Not only are subscription ticket prices less but also do not include convenience fees.

For group season subscriptions and group sales, call 214-871-2390.

Individual subscriber benefits include a 15 percent discount on ticket prices. To select individual season packages, visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center at

Single tickets go on sale Sept. 1, 2016, at www.attpac.orgThanks For Reading

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