Council Vote: HUD grant to Dallas Black Dance Theater

Today the city council considered whether to accept a $120K HUD grant to Dallas Black Dance Theater for renovations to their new home at the Moreland YMCA in the Arts District.

Dallas Black Dance Theater is the city’s oldest dance troupe, and it has received numerous awards and is nationally renown. Ann Williams founded DBDT in 1976 to provide dance opportunities for minorities. Today, DBDT offers those opportunities to everyone.

The historically Black Moorland YMCA building will be a permanent home for the company’s rehearsal studios, training classrooms and administrative offices.

ACTION: I moved to approve (passed unanimously)

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder’s Luncheon

I attended Dallas Black Dance Theatre‘s Ninth Annual Founder’s Luncheon this afternoon, in which outstanding members of the community were honored for their contributions to the arts. Among the award winners were Lucy Crow Billingsley, William “Bill” Blair, and Juanita Brown. Guests were also treated to a great performance by DBDT’s award-winning dance troupe.

It has been an honor for me to serve on the board of DBDT, one of the best-run and most talented (though under-appreciated) arts groups in Dallas. Right now, DBDT is working on a capital campaign to turn the Moorland YMCA building at 2700 Flora St. into a performance, practice, and administrative space for the company.