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in themetroplex Students and faculty atTCU’s School forClassical& ContemporaryDance laud the recent renovation of the “new” Erma LoweHall. The 1921 building that housed the dance depart- mentwas one of the oldest on campus.Visitors are amazed at the transformation because very little about the floor plan remains the same. The interiorwas entirely gutted, taken down to the outside walls and original support columns inside. The dedication ceremony ofErma LoweHall occurs onNovember 10, 2011.

DallasBlackDanceTheatre presents its premiereNewYork Season January 13-15, 2012 at TheAileyCitiGroup Theater. The companywill featureworks created byAlvinAiley,HopeBoykin, CamilleBrown, FrancescaHarper,ChristopherL.Huggins, DianneMcIntyre,RayMercer,MiltonMyers andElisa Monte.

ClassActTapCompany celebrates its 25thAnniversary.

TheMajesticTheatre in downtownDallas has recently been ren- ovated. The building has a newroof, newsound system, and the interior has been updated.

across the state TheTexasCommissionontheArts (TCA) grants budgetwas reduced by over 50%this past legislative session. Your purchase of a State of theArts license plate generates revenue to increase the TCA’s grants budget over the course of the next two years. TCAis able to use the funds generated by sales and renewals on these spe- cialty license plates immediately. For each license plate sold, TCA receives $22. These sales can generate up to a quartermillion dollars a year. To order your State of theArts license plate, go to

If youwant to seeChristopherVo performin Texas, youwill have to travel toHouston betweenApril 10-15, 2012.Vo appears as a principal dancer in theBroadwaymusical Come FlyAway —conceived, choreographed and directed byTwylaTharp.Vo is a BTWHSPVAgraduate andDCNT ScholarshipRecipient.

BalletConservatory student, Sally Schweitzer, accepted an invita- tion to the Trainee program atBalletAustin for the 2011-12 Season.Ms. Schweitzer also attended theRiverNorth Intensive in Chicago andwas extended an invitation fromArtisticDirector, FrankChavez, to return to theApprentice programin the Summer of 2011. Ms. Schweitzerwas also a long-timemember of LakeCitiesBalletTheatre in Lewisville.

in the nation Legislatorswill soon consider pro- posals that put the income tax deduction for gifts to 501(c)(3) organizations at risk.Congresswill be looking at PresidentObama’s jobs bill that proposes limiting deductibility for charitable gifts to 28%for higher income tax payers, which could reduce charitable giv- ing by asmuch as $7 billion per year. This proposalwas also includ- ed in the President’s FY12 budget proposal.

The PerformingArtsAlliance asks you to contact yourmembers of Congress today to urge protection of the charitable deduction. Tell Congress that the nonprofit com- munity represents amajor segment of theworkforce (1 in 10workers) and is essential to strengthening the vitality of communities nationwide. Reducing charitable giving incen- tiveswouldweaken the charitable sector at a timewhen nonprofit jobs and services are neededmost.

Millicent Johnnie,Assistant Professor at SouthernMethodist University, presents her latest workwithDanielBernard Roumain, Symphony for theDance Floor, at theBrooklynAcademy ofMusic for the 2011NextWave Festival onOctober 13, 2011.

LaQuet Sharnell,BTWHSPVA graduate andDCNT Scholarship Recipient, debuts as a principal cast member in theBroadway show, Lysistrata Jones, playing the role of Mhyrinne.Also starring in Lysistrata Jones isDallasiteLizMikel playing the role ofHetaira.

StevenLoch, formerBallet Conservatory/LBTdancer, received an apprentice contractwith PacificNorthwestBallet in Seattle. In his final studentwork- shop performance,Mr. Loch per- formed the lead inGeorge Balanchine’sWestern Symphony staged by PNBArtisticDirector, PeterBoal.


Pictured: Sally Schweitzer ofBallet Conservatory. Photo:Nancy Loch a publication of the dance council of north texas

LaineHaboney, formerBallet Conservatory/LBTdancer,will be starting her 2nd year as a full time student at School ofAmerican Ballet inNYC. She attended Chautauqua Summer Intensive on full scholarship.

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