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.
The 8th edition of the festival included events at the Annette Strauss Square and the Winspear Opera House. 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.
Executive Director, Zenetta Drew, collaborates with a 50 member Board of Directors, whose primary responsibilities are fundraising and fiduciary oversight. A professional administrative/artistic staff of twelve 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.
By Sharon Oyedeji, Associate Editor Trendy Africa Media.