In 1976 when Ann Williams founded Dallas Black Dance Theatre, she hoped to inspire minority boys and girls to experience the power and the beauty of dance. Decades later, the effect of her arts education, dance training and outreach has been paramount in the local dance community. As Williams begins the transition into retirement, local and national dance troupes will be presenting works in her honor as part of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre Gala. Collaborating with DBDT will be Texas Ballet Theater, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Bruce Wood Dance Project, and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. The evening includes premieres from Christopher Vo of Smash fame, Lily Cabatu Weiss of Booker T. Washington HSPVA and Bruce Wood. See it at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday at the Winspear Opera House. Tickets start at $52 and are available at dbdt.com.
Fri., May 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 17, 7:30 p.m., 2014