Dallas Black Dance Theatre Grooves into May with Inaugural Kick-Off in Honor of Annual Fundraiser, The Big Dance

(Featured photo: Tiffaney D. Hunter, Ebonie Hughey Jackson.)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) set the soul train in motion for their annual fundraiser, The BIG Dance, with a swinging kick-off party at Musume in the heart of the Arts District on Monday, May 6th.

This exclusive gathering was just the first verse in a show stopping good time, setting the stage for the main event – a glamorous Motown-themed dance party at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center that promises to be a chart-topping Motown masterpiece.

Kim Whitaker, Linda Todd, Ebonie Hughey Jackson, Alana Robinson, Nkoyo White Robinson

Guests sampled contemporary Japanese-inspired delights from Musume’s immaculate menu and mingled in the upscale restaurant’s private event space while learning more about the vibrant event from co-chairs Tiffaney D. Hunter (Tiffaney Dale Agency, LLC) and Ebonie Hughey Jackson (Bank of America).

Kenya Rogers, Lawanda Dunwell, Angela Chapman, Boski Sharma, Jennifer Yorek

The event, scheduled for June 1, 2024, will see attendees get down for a good cause with each ticket contributing to a 40% reduction in tuition of Dallas Black Academy students. The DBDT team has thought of everything to allow guests to turn back time, announcing the addition of childcare services hosted just down the street at the recently opened J. W. Marriott Hotel in the Arts District.

Spotted in attendance were Sheryl Adkins-Green (Mary Kay), Angela Chapman (Bright Legacy Enterprises, LLC), Michael Finley (Smittox Brewing), Ron Fry (Republic National Distributing Company), Ella Goode Johnson (Former Chair of the Dallas Office of Arts & Culture), Kenya Rodgers (Fidelity Investments), Boski Sharma (Communities Foundation of Texas), Dr. Marguerite “Margo” McClinton Stoglin (Bank of America), Linda Todd (LMT Global Consulting Solutions LLC) and Kim Whitaker (McKesson).

Rebecca DeLara, Michael Finlay, Mark Howard

Mark your calendars and buy tickets now! The BIG Dance is coming soon and is sure to bring the house down. For details and more information, visit www.dallasbigdance.com

2024 | AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH SPONSOR The Eugene McDermott Foundation



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Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, and currently under the direction of Melissa M. Young, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at the highest level of artistic excellence through performances 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 seventh-largest contemporary modern dance company, and ranked 36th among the nation’s leading ballet companies. Located in the thriving downtown Dallas Arts District, DBDT has performed worldwide for over 4.6 million arts patrons and 2.8 million students in 33 states and 16 countries on five continents. The performances include two Olympics (1996 & 2012), the nation’s most prestigious venues (Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Broadway, Jacob’s Pillow), and for such luminaries as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and South African President Nelson Mandela. Since the pandemic began in 2020, DBDT performances have also been viewed virtually in 43 countries. The Company 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). For more details about Dallas Black Dance Theatre, visit www.dbdt.com  


The official school of Dallas Black Dance Theatre celebrates 50 years of delivering dance instruction to a community of diverse backgrounds. It was founded by Ann Williams. The academy trained the first student in the nation to receive the Presidential Scholar Award in Dance in 1980. Students participate weekly in 36 dance classes, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and African on-site at DBDT’s studios. Classes are held at Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s studios and are open to students ages four to adult. The academy has three performing ensembles: Allegro Performing Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s premier academy ensemble, Senior Performing Ensemble, and Junior Performing Ensemble. For details on Dallas Black Dance Academy, visit www.dbdt.com/academy

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Dallas Black Dance Theatre

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