editor’s letter D Linda James
2015 Dance Fireworks
rumrollplease.Heralding thebeginning of a fab- ulous year fordance inNorthTexas, January start- edwitha bigbang.My
calendar isbubbling over withdance activity thismonth.An
events fromFebruary-December equal January’s,we are infor adance explosion!
During theweekof January 5-9, Ibeamedwithpride as BryntBeitman(performer inNewYorkwithTake Dance,Heidi LatskyDanceCompany andLydia
JohnsonDance) returnedtohis almamater to create anewworkfor Booker T.Washington’sRepertoryDanceCompany II.
OnJanuary 9, I attendedtheArlingtonMuseumofArt’sBruceWood:A Retrospective. Thismoving exhibit features three floors ofmemorabiliadocu- mentingWood’s outstanding body ofwork.Youstillhave time to see the showwhichrunsuntilFebruary 15.
Last evening, Iwas fortunate towatchas fourBooker T.Mu
sical Theater studentsperformedinthe JuniorPlayerspresentationof IntheHeights pro- ducedincooperationwithTheatre Three.Ne
ws ofBTW’s all-schoolmusi- calproductionofHair,directedbyDallas TheaterCenter’sArtisticDirector KevinMoriarity inSeptember 2015,hasme jumping for joy!
Writing ona cold,winterySunday afternoon, I lookforwardthisweekto seeingdance seniors fireuptheBTWHSPVAstudioswiththeir choreogra- phy.Witnessing the creativeproducts of these aspiring, young artists is always gratifying.
January 16-18promises three entirelydifferent andequally excitingdance performances.Fr
iday, TexasWoman’sUniversitypresentsSOLA—a concert
featuring female guest artists fromuniversities aroundthe country. Saturday, TITASpresents a rousingperformance byRonaldK. Brown/Evidence.Su
nday, tapdancerKatelynHarris,ArtisticDirector of RhythmicSouls,kicks off the firstRiff:RhythminFusionFestival.
For the secondtime inless thana year, theDallas TheaterCenterhas asked CamilleA.Br
ownto choreographtheirupcomingmusical theaterproduc- tion.Br
ownis sure to infuse exuberance into theDTC’s January 21world premiere of StaggerLee.
BTWdancerswill be counting their lucky stars January 26-30whenMax Stone andJenniferMabus returnto campus to setworks.St
one,Sexy BeastDance artisticdirector,will be creating anewworkforRepII.Ma
bus will restageRobertBattle’s TheHuntonmembers ofRepI.
DarkCirclesContemporaryDance,under the artisticdirectionof Joshua L. Peugh,will continue to intrigue, fascinate andrewardaudiencemembers attending the January 29-31WinterSeries at theSanders Theatre inFort Worth.
OnJanuary 31,Patricia andTanjuTuzerwill bepresentedwithLifetime AchievementAwardsby theRichardsonArtsAlliance.Fo
r over 37 years, the Tuzer’sballet school andcompanyhaveprovidedoutstanding training to aspiring balletdancers.
Ourdance scene is cracklingwithexcitement andfilledto the brimwith creativity!Fordecades,passionatedance lovershaveworkedtomakeNorth Texas a bustlingdance center.No
w, ourdance cards teemwithvitality. Life is good.
a publication of the dance council of north texas vol. 18 •
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