The Board of Directors of Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) is pleased to announce it has selected international choreographer and Dallas native Bridget L. Moore as its new artistic director. Ms. Moore will start her new position with the 40-year old dance institution on February 1, 2017.
Ms. Moore has a long history with Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas performing arts community. She graduated from Arts Magnet High School, now Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA) in 1989 and attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a BFA in Dance, with a concentration in Choreography in 1993. Ms. Moore went on to earn a MFA in Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 2006. Ms. Moore toured professionally with Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, in New York City. She later returned to Dallas to teach at her alma mater BTWHSPVA.
Ms. Moore takes over the artistic direction of DBDT from Founder Ann Williams, who is currently the artistic advisor. Ms. Williams founded the company in 1976. Since that time it has grown to be the 10th largest minority arts organization in America, the fourth largest black dance company in the nation and the oldest continuously operating professional dance company in the City of Dallas. Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre located in the Dallas Art District. During its 40-year history, DBDT has performed on five continents, in 15 countries and 31 states, including two Olympic Cultural events. Over the years, more than 4 million arts patrons and 2.6 million students, have experienced the dance company’s performances and educational outreach programs. DBDT serves more than 100,000 people annually, including more than 20,000 youth in grades K-12 in Dallas-Fort Worth area schools.
This position brings Ms. Moore full circle, who credits Dallas Black Dance Theatre with kindling her interest in dance as a career. “Dallas Black Dance Theatre came to my elementary school through an arts and education program. The dancers from the company taught classes once a week for a short period,” explains Ms. Moore. “At the time, I didn’t know much about dance as an art form, but I understood how to move my body and I loved to dance. I had the opportunity to attend performances by the company through the same program, and I believe the exposure sparked my curiosity.”
Ms. Moore’s first work for Dallas Black Dance Theatre was entitled, Southern Recollection: For Romare Bearden. Subsequently, she created another dance, entitled Unearthed, for DBDT during the Cultural Awareness series in February 2016.
Located in a historic facility at the eastern end of the thriving downtown Dallas Arts District, Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a nationally and internationally recognized professional modern dance company. DBDT engages the cross-cultural community through contemporary modern dance presented from the African American experience. Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a resident company member of the AT&T Performing Arts Center – Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre located in Dallas’s Art District.