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Chadi El-Khourywas recently appointed Executive Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre IIperforms in The Dallas Opera’s production of Show BoatApril 15, 17, 20, 23, & 29, May 1, 2016 at the Winspear Opera House.

across the state

Ballet San Antoniohas named ballet master Willy Shives, who has spent the past 16 years with the famed Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, as its new artistic director. Shives succeeds Gabriel Zertuche, who left the company in August alongside Executive Director Courtney Mauro Barker.

Kiana Sanderson’s choreography has advanced to the state level of the Texas PTA’s Let Your Imagination Fly to a World with No Words. Kiana is a ninth grader at Booker T Washington HSPVA.

in the nation

MADBOOTS DANCE, an all-male contemporary dance company based in NYC, has been named Top 25 to Watch in 2016 by Dance Magazine. Founded in 2011 by Jonathan Campbell (The Juilliard School and Booker T Washington HSPVA) and Austin Diaz (NYU Tisch School of the Arts) has been presented nationally and internationally by the Duo Multicultural Arts Center, The 92nd Street Y, NYU Tisch School

of the Arts and TOES for dance. Most recently, MADBOOTS premiered two works in the Doris Duke Theatre for the closing week of the Jacob’s Pillow 2015 Dance Festival, where the Boston Globenoted the company’s “refreshing, often thrilling, straightforwardness.”

Dallas Black Dance Theatrepresents its fifth New York Season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater April 22-23, 2016 and also performs at the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly, Maryland from April 27-May 1, 2016.

Bruce Wood Dance Projectdancers premiere a work by Kate Skarpetowska, at the National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY on April 20, 2016.

Joshua L. Peugh, Artistic Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, won the Grand Prize at the 18th annual National Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, California. Peugh was selected as top choreogra- pher and took home a $10,000 award.

Booker T Washington HSPVA Finalists in YoungArts are—Todd Baker (modern), Jared Brown(modern), Michael Garcia(modern), Whitney Hester (ballet), Madeline Murphy (tap), and Kaylin Sturtevant (modern). Honorable Mention recipients are—Jared Brown(choreography), Whitney Hester (modern), Kennedy Huff (modern), and Ausia Jones (choreography & modern). Merit awardee recipient is Nicholas Samreth(modern). The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junc- tures in their educational and professional development; and raises appreciation for the arts in American society.

Ballet Academy of Texas is proud to announce that two if its advanced stu- dents have received National Training Scholarships from American Ballet Theatrein New York—Sheridan Guerin, age 16, and Helena Cerny, age 14 (Pictured at right). Only eight scholarships were awarded nationally by American Ballet Theatre. Both girls are also members of the Ballet Ensemble of Texas.

Where the joy ofdance becomes the beauty ofart! Classical Ballet training from pre-ballet to pre-professional

Congress has now officially approved tax legislation that will permanent- ly extend the IRA Charitable Rollover. The legislation now heads to President Obama who has indicated he will sign the measure into law. The legislation, H.R. 2029, includes a number of important tax provisions, several of which would affect charitable giving, but most notably would retroactively reinstate the IRA Charitable Rollover provision originally enacted into law in 2006 for all of 2015 and remove any expiration date on the provision, thereby permanently extending the Rollover into the future. The legislation does not provide any expansion of the IRA Rollover provision, however.

around the world

Southern Methodist University Dance Professor Danny Buraczeski returns to Cuba to restage signature work, Ezekiel’s Wheelwith Zenon Dance Company in Havana.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre IIperforms at the Fintdaz—International Festival of Theater and Dance in Iquique, Chile from February 13-20, 2016.

Studio: McKinney Performing Arts Center 901 N. McDonald St. • McKinney,TX 75069 214.477.9434 •

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Google’s new Cultural Institute( allows you to travel online from city to city to see major dance companies and historical dance sites. The database of exhibits allows you to look inside the walls of huge arts institutions and view historical photos, sketches and videos.

DANCE! NORTH TEXAS a publication of the dance council of north texas vol. 19 • no. 1

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