BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the Internet, is thrilled to announce a new feature to its comprehensive regional coverage - the Featured Regional Dance Company of the Week! Much like we do with our featured Regional Theaters, each week, we will bring you a story on a regional dance company in one of our coverage cities.
This week's featured Dance Company is the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Company in Dallas, Texas!
Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams
, the mission of Dallas Black Dance Theatre
is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. With an ever-expanding national and global audience, the company employs a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers performing for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre celebrates its 36th Season of performances. As the oldest continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas with 5 (five) performing companies, the professional ensemble, a contemporary modern dance troupe, consists of 12 professional, full-time, salaried dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, African and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre has performed in 30 states, 14 countries and 5 continents; the Company has toured Peru, South Africa, Austria, Uganda, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, Canada and many other countries elevating its international reputation. DBDT has been designated as an "American Masterpiece Touring Artist" by the National Endowment for the Arts."
During its history, DBDT has brought national and international acclaim to the City, State and Nation through the artistry for its performances to over 3 million arts lovers that span the globe; and has impacted more than 2 million students through dance training and educational outreach programs in Dallas and around the world.
Under the Direction of Executive Director, Zenetta Drew, the management of DBDT is composed of a 50 member Board of Directors whose primary responsibilities are fundraising and fiduciary oversight. A professional administrative/artistic staff of twelve full-time staff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company. Drew is responsible for the management of the organization's $2.3 million budget.