Joyce Theater


American Dance Platform 2017

ADP CURATOR: Alicia Adams

Works Performed: Tribute and Furtherance

About the Company

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre's mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures, reach diverse communities, and encompass ever-expanding global audiences. The company’s key initiatives include dance concert performances (including three home seasons in Dallas), national and international touring, arts-in-education programs, community outreach activities, and dance training classes. Designated an American Masterpiece Touring Artist by the NEA, DBDT has performed for more than 4 million arts patrons and 2.6 million students in 31 states and in 16 countries on five continents, including two Cultural Olympiad engagements. Annually, DBDT serves about 100,000 people, including 20,000 local youth.

Located in the downtown Dallas Arts District, Dallas Black Dance Theatre was founded by Ann Williams in 1976. Melissa M. Young took over the helm as Artistic Director in 2018 after starting at the company as a dancer in 1994. Zenetta S. Drew has led the administrative side of the company since 1987 as Executive Director.

Since its founding, DBDT has expanded across all levels to become the largest minority arts organization in Dallas (10th largest in the nation) and the 4th largest Black dance company in the nation. The company consistently expands the modern dance canon by commissioning works from emerging and established choreographers while also bringing prominent modern dance masterworks to Dallas audiences and around the globe.

Funding Credits

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The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.  Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.