Dallas Black Dance Theatre

A nonprofit organization

$280 raised by 4 donors

1% complete

$50,000 Goal

You deserve to experience the power of dance on your own terms. By offering live and virtual performances, Dallas Black Dance Theatre makes it possible for you to enjoy dance in the theater, on-the-go, or from the comfort of your home. However, the costs associated with multiple viewing options are significant. 

 By giving today, you are making dance accessible to all.  The single mother who can’t afford a babysitter, the elderly couple afraid to drive after dark, and the child who has just discovered “modern dance” all deserve to be captivated by spectacular dance and so do YOU.

 Will you help DBDT reimagine what it means to experience dance? 

Dance On Your Own Terms 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a nationally recognized professional dance company that has performed worldwide for 4.6 million arts patrons and 2.8 million students. The company's key initiatives include stunning professional dance concert performances in person and virtually. In 2020, Dallas Black Dance Theatre became the first dance company to implement paid virtual performances to remain operational and to grow audiences beyond traditional geographic barriers. Since then,  DBDT performances have also been viewed by virtual audiences in 45 states and 35 countries. DBDT is committed to offering inspiring arts-in-education programs, inclusive community outreach activities, and dance training classes at a nationally competitive standard. In 2022 DBDT was selected as the Best Dance Company in Dallas by D Magazine.  

As the largest and oldest professional dance company in Dallas, DBDT is the fourth-largest Black dance company in the nation, the ninth-largest contemporary modern dance company, and is considered 36th among the nation’s leading ballet companies. The professional company consists of 14 full-time salaried, multi-ethnic dancers performing a mixed repertory of contemporary, modern, jazz, ballet, ethnic, and spiritual works by local, national, and international choreographers worldwide. DBDT's professional training company (DBDT: Encore!) was created in 2000 to fulfill the growing demand for performances, touring, and outreach and is comprised of 8 college-educated artistic interns.  DBDT has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as an American Masterpiece Touring Artist (2008) and received the Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Arts Education (2017). 

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Dallas Black Dance Academy offers year-round classes taught by dancers from DBDT's two professional companies in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, and ethnic dances to more than 550 students weekly. In 2017, DBDT received the Texas Medal of Arts for arts education, the highest honor for an arts organization in the state. 

DBDT has partnered with arts organizations throughout Dallas, including Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Theater Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, TITAS, Bruce Wood Dance, and Dark Circles Contemporary Dance.

OUR NEEDS

Contributions are needed to support general operating needs for DBDT's 47th Season, including dancers' salaries, support for live and on-demand streaming, low-cost Academy tuition for aspiring dancers, and outreach classes at North Texas Title I Schools. Help DBDT reach its goal of $50,000 in honor of our 47th Season!

Giving Activity

Mission

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.

Equity Statement

Dallas Black Dance Theatre has adopted a core value system that embraces all cultures to strengthen the organization by working together for a common purpose that delivers transformative experiences for all.

With no exclusions, Dallas Black Dance Theatre offers services to the entire population, regardless of race, age, or circumstance. Since its founding, DBDT's innovative approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion has been based on a dedicated commitment to lead by example and actively implement change rather than only conceptualize results. Established by its Board of Directors, this initiative is fulfilled through the organization's mission to bridge cultures, reach diverse communities, and encompass ever-expanding global audiences.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Tax id (EIN)

75-1756215

Guidestar

Causes

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Collin, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman, Tarrant

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American

BIPOC Leadership

Both the Executive Director/CEO and Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

2700 Ann Williams Way
Dallas, TX 75201

Phone

214-871-2376

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