It's not the first prestigious invitation that Dallas Black Dance Theatre has received, simply the most recent. The oldest, continuously operated professional dance company in Dallas, DBDT has built an extensive résumé of elite performances, representing the city everywhere from Washington state to New York to Austria. Since its founding in 1976 by Ann Williams, the ensemble has cultivated an enduring national and international audience through its eclectic repertoire of "modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works," fostered by globally recognized choreographers.
Helmed by Executive Director Zenetta Drew, the company - which was the first Texas arts organization ever invited to perform at an Olympic Cultural Olympiad event during the Arts Festival in Atalanta in 1996 - has been asked to participate this year at both the Olympic Preview Performance at Bryan Park in New York on June 29 and during the Olympic Games at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad from August 15-19.
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A true testament to the power and potential of Dallas arts, the company's exemplary record epitomizes the direction and drive our city desires and deserves. But, in order to accept this felicitous invitation, the organization needs to raise $200,000.00 by July 1.
If ever there were an opportunity to help foster a flourishing arts organization that highlights some of the city's very best attributes and instills cultural good will, this is it. Every donation counts.