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The Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs during 2012 Olympics

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The Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) will perform in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in Edinburgh, Scotland. The renowned dance company is the only arts organization selected from Texas to represent America. This is the second time the internationally praised company will be honored during an Olympics. During 1996 they were the first and only arts organization to be an official participant in the Cultural Olympiad.

The 2012 Cultural Olympiad is being held in cities throughout the UK. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre will present seven concert performances during August 15-19 at the Venue 150. They will also teach master dance classes and give lecture demonstrations for local students. The Olympic Festival includes musicals, operas, music, art exhibitions and dance by artists from around the world. In its 35-year history, Dallas Black Dance Theatre has performed for 3 million arts patrons and 2 million students on five of the seven continents.

“Dallas Black Dance Theatre is thrilled to once again serve as Cultural Ambassadors for the State of Texas and the nation,” said Ann Williams, Founder and Artistic Director. Ms. Williams is a founding member of the Dance Council and The International Association of Blacks in Dance.

The company stands out for its strong repertory, brilliant choreography and dancers. DBDT received its invitation after its inaugural season in New York at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in January of this year. “Escapades,” a lyrical ballet by the legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey, premiered in Dallas in 2012. DBDT has obtained the rights to perform the full piece making it the only professional dance company with the work as part of its current repertory. The piece incorporates modern jazz and ballet techniques.

Associate Artistic Director Melissa M. Young trained at the Ailey School and worked with famed choreographers Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, Kevin Iega Jeff and Francesca Harper. She joined DBDT in 1994 and became known as the premiere female soloist. In 2000, Ms. Young was presented with The Dancer’s Award for her outstanding artistic contributions to the company. The talented and committed artistic directors continue to improve the dance company by leaps and bounds. Intelligent, insightful and emotional work keeps The Dallas Black Dance Theatre in the news not only in Dallas, around the world and during the Olympics.

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