Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Season Finale Performance
Not to be Missed

Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Spring Celebration Series

Regina Taylor partners with Dallas Black Dance Theatre
on The Nina Simone Project

Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Spring Celebration Series is the season finale
performance that you must see. The dancers of Dallas Black Dance Theatre express the emotion, intrigue, power and passion of the High Priestess of Soul in The Nina Simone Project choreographed by the pioneer dance artists and dynamic choreographer Dianne McIntyre with narration by Crowns writer and Director,Regina Taylor.

Wednesday, May 25th through Sunday, May 29th
at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

Audiences will be escorted through the life and times of American singer, Songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist Nina Simone. The ballet interprets the life and times of Ms. Simone from early childhood, through civil rights to her later life through dance and movement of the entire company.

Distinguished SMU Alumni and hometown favorite, Regina Taylor collaborates again with Dianne McIntyre on The Nina Simone Project. Many will remember the two dynamic artists joining on the highly acclaimed musical Crowns, which continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country.

The Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater, under the direction of Bernard Gaddis, brings the power and excitement of the company to the stage of the Wyly. Known for its passionate and relatable repertoire, LVCDT will bring their classical, modern and athletic style to the season finale as they perform Gabriel’s Sorrow and Sacrifus, both choreographed by Founder Bernard Gaddis.

“I am excited about this finale performance.” says Founder/Artistic Director, Ann Williams. “This performance series is full of emotion and thought provoking dance, video, and spoken word that is sure to move audiences."


Presented by TACA, co-sponsored by Bank of America, the Spring Celebration Series will entertain the seasoned as well as the novice arts enthusiast. Dallas gets an opportunity to experience Spring Celebration Series for five performances beginning Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. with the Wine Down Wednesday performance sponsored by Jean Baptiste “Tad” Adoue III Fund of The Dallas Foundation; Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, May 27th and 28th at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance Agent Carlos Clark; concluding with the Sunday, May 29th
matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Supporting sponsors for the series include RBC Wealth Management and The Raytheon Company.


Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now and available at or by calling (214) 880-0202. Group rates are available by calling (214) 871-2390.

About the Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, the mission of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. With an ever-expanding national and global audience, the company employs a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers,performing for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The ensemble, a contemporary modern dance company, consists of 12 professional, full-time dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern jazz, ethnic, and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers.

About Regina Taylor
With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series “I’ll Fly Away.”

She received many accolades for her performance in the who including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominating for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Taylor not only feels comfortable on the stage, she is also an accomplished playwright. Taylor’s critically acclaimed “Crowns” continues to be one of the most performed musicals in the country. It is the winner of four Washington D.C. Helen Hayes awards included Taylor’s win for Best Direction as well as Best Regional Musical. She was raised in Dallas, Texas and recently moved to Chicago.

All programs and artists subject to change. Wednesday and Thursday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

All performances are presented by Dallas Black Dance Theatre. 2009-2010 season sponsors are The Dallas Morning News, WFAA Channel 8, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Downtown Business News, Elite News, The Dallas Weekly, Southside on Lamar, Black Business Directory, Dallas South News,,104.5 and 105.7 KRNB. American Airlines is the official airline of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. All performances are supported by the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs.

Madelyn Miller is a travel and food writer who tries to see every performance of the Dallas Black Ballet.

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