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Dallas Black Dance Theatre Begins 36th Season With New Work by Renowned Hip Hop Choreographer

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Just returning from a successful 35th Anniversary Season, that included presenting a first New York Season, and performances in Edinburgh, Scotland for the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad, Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) continues to raise the barre.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre has stepped outside of its comfort zone beginning the 36th Season – A Season of Commissioned Work with Hip Hop choreographed by internationally renowned artist, Rennie Harris. The exciting and dynamic work will be featured December 7th through the 9th at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre as a part of the Winter Series presented by Texas Instruments.

Katricia Eaglin in Nascimento
Photography by Jaime Truman

Harris’ new work, Thinking of You, captures the athleticism and grace of DBDT’s dancers while portraying the essence and grit of traditional street dance. Harris is known internationally for his unique ability to express universal themes that extend beyond race, religion or economic boundaries, and is most noted for introducing Hip Hop to the concert stage. “I am pleased with the way that the dancers adapted to Rennie’s style,” said Founder and Artistic Director, Ann Williams. “It will be a great addition for our school and university residencies.”

Also showcased on the program is the return of David Parson’s fun and playful work, Nascimento and the classic Reflections in D, a masterpiece solo work that was created during an impromptu session between Alvin Ailey and musician Duke Ellington. End of Time, by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E. (Texas Ballet Theatre) and Phoenix, by Zach Law Ingram (The Lion King) will conclude this amazing ensemble of works.

Texas Instruments is the presenting sponsor for the Winter Series for the fourth consecutive year. In 2009, Texas Instruments presented the Winter Series for the first time during DBDT’s Inaugural Season in the Wyly Theatre. “Dallas Black Dance Theatre is truly a community treasure, and TI is glad to support this series and the continuing advancement of the performing arts in North Texas,” said Andy Smith, Texas Instruments corporate philanthropy director.

Serving as Honorary Chairperson for the 2012 Winter Series is DBDT Board Member, Heidi K. Murray, Director of Logistics and Alliances for The Foundation for Women’s Resources. Sponsors for the school matinee performances are RBC Wealth Management and Chase


December 7th at 7:30p.m.,

December 8th at 2:00p.m. and 7:30p.m.

December 9th at 2:30p.m.

Two student matinee performances will be held on Thursday, December 6 at 10:15am and 11:45am.

For more information or to arrange interviews with DBDT Founder/Artistic Director Ann Williams, please contact Sonya Spencer, DBDT: (214) 871-2376 ext. 411. For tickets, contact the box office at 214-880-0202 or visit the website at

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