Dallas Black Dance Theater (DBDT) Annual Fundraising Event The BIG Dance Features a Boot Scootin’ Boogie: Hometown Salute to Charley Pride, Late Country Music Icon Honored with 2020 CMA Lifetime Achievement Award .
The Dallas Black Dance Theater celebrates the closing of its 45th anniversary season with a Big D-worthy dance party. The festivities take place Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Dallas, Texas. 75201. Dress for the evening is Diamonds and Boots.
The evening will be an unforgettable Country Western style night, including a live concert and video tribute. Dion Pride pays tribute to her father with dancers from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The live tribute concert features double CMA and ACM singer of the year Janie Fricke.
After the concert, enjoy a non-stop dance party to the sounds of the Breckenridge Band and fiddler duo June Blount, plus dance lessons, food, and drink. Both groups are from North Texas. You can also experience the festivities virtually.
The fundraiser benefits Dallas Black Dance Academy’s education and outreach programs. The Academy produced the first Presidential Dance Fellow in America. Nine other Presidential Scholars who graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts trained at the Dallas Black Dance Academy. Four Academy students have received full scholarships for the Juilliard School’s prestigious dance program. 100% of Dallas Black Dance Academy students have graduated from high school and gone to college since 2012.
Honorary Co-Chairs Ms. Rozene Pride and Grace Cook, along with Co-Chairs Helen Giddings and Sheena Payne, planned the event. The BIG Dance Committee includes Jim Austin, Ivy Awino, Chris Banjo & Jasmine Banjo, Bridget Biagas, Angela Chapman, Teresa Coleman Wash, Mark D. Cooks, Marie Diaz, Dr. & Mrs. William Frazier, Marena & Roger Gault, Arthur & Gwen George, Laura Harris, Misty Hoyt, Sharon K. King, Kevin K. Lewis, Larry Lundy, Kim Noltemy, Maxine Pride, Willow Sanchez and Peter Lewis, Kymberley Scalia, Michelle Sherman, Don Short, Michelle Thomas, Linda and Frederick D Todd II, Paulette Turner, Phyllis Walker, Dr and Mrs Myron Watkins, Carla Wattley-Bradley, Kim Whitaker, Ann Williams, Michelle Wong and Freda Wright.
For more details visit www.dallasbigdance.com
Friends of Dallas Black Dance Academy
PRE-EVENT DINNER AND COCKTAIL SPONSOR
The David M. Cowley Foundation
2022 | The major dance sponsors
HALL Wines, HALL Group, Anheuser-Busch, New Artisan Spirits, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Curtis Ransom.
2022 | BIG Dance Media Sponsors
NBC 5, Texas Metro News, The Dallas Morning News, Texas Metro News, DART, The Dallas Weekly, FYI-50+, The Dallas Examiner, The Dallas Post Tribune, Trendy Africa.
ABOUT DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATER:
Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theater’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at the highest level of artistic excellence through performance and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. . 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 ranks 42nd among the nation’s leading ballet companies. .
Located in the downtown Dallas arts district, DBDT has performed worldwide for more than 4.5 million patrons and 2.7 million students in 31 states and 16 countries on five continents. Performances include two Olympic Games (1996 and 2012), the most prestigious sites in the country (Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Broadway, Jacob’s Pillow) and for personalities such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and South African President Nelson Mandela. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, DBDT performances have also been viewed virtually in over 30 countries. The company was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as an American Touring Masterpiece (2008) and received the Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Arts Education (2017).
For more details on visiting the Dallas Black Dance Theater www.DBDT.com.
Pictured: Charley and Rozene Pride