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 Academy is the official school of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Students who progress through the professional level may have the opportunity to audition for DBDT II, and later audition for the main company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Students must be age 4 to enroll in the Academy. Students ages 7 and older may enroll in additional classes in Jazz, African, Modern or Hip Hop
The Academy emphasizes that through directed dance studies in a learning environment, the mind is disciplined to control one’s total body in making better decisions for life and developing self-esteem.
Professional instructors teach all Academy classes. Many are present and former dancers of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Instructors may also use an assistant to help with classes. Students are placed by the instructors based on their independent mastery of the skills and techniques that are taught.