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in themetroplex Jennifer Scripps has been named the newdirector of theCity of DallasOffice ofCulturalAffairs. Scrippsmost recently served as the vice president of revenue operations for the PerotMuseumof Nature and Science.

LilyCabatuWeiss has been named the executive director of the DallasArtsDistrict Foundation.Weiss previously served as artistic director atBooker T.WashingtonHigh School for the Performing andVisualArts.

TexasBalletTheaterArtisticDirectorBenStevenson announces the 2016-2017 Season,which includes a co-production of Carmen choreographed byCarlosAcostawith theworld- renownedRoyalBallet; twoworld premieres created for TBT by celebrated choreographersAvi Scher andGarrett Smith; a company premiere by a TonyAward-winning choreographer ChristopherWheeldon; andChristopherBruce’s Roosterwith music by theRolling Stones.

DallasBlackDanceTheatre expands their after-school and summer educational outreach throughDr.CondeleezzaRice’sNew Youth Initiative at theBoys&GirlsClubs ofGreaterDallasCenter for aNewGeneration.

BalletAcademy ofTexas students received top honors at the YouthAmericaGrand Prix Semi-Final in Irving in January.Helena Cerny, age 14, received the “YouthGrand Prix” award as the high- est scorer in the Junior category.AldrinVendt, age 19, received 1st place in the SeniorMen’sDivision, andAdamPhillips, age 16, received 2nd place.Other dancerswho placed in the top 12 in their age divisionswereMasumiYoshimoto, age 17, Sheridan Guerin, age 16, andAkihiroYoshimoto, age 14.DirectorLisa Slagle received the “Outstanding Teacher” award, and her ensemble entry, “Impromptu” received a 3rd place out of over 50 entries.

BalletConservatory hosted an excitingMasterClass onMarch 25 and 26with SaraMearns, PrincipalDancerwithNewYorkCity Ballet. The classeswere attended by over 80 ballet students from the school’s Pre Professional andAdvanced Levels aswell as stu- dents fromthe community. This is part of a specialMasterClass series planned forBalletConservatory’s 25thAnniversary Year and is under the direction ofKellyKilburnLannin.

Pictured: CarleyDenton in Spanish. Photo by:NancyWest Loch

BalletConservatory students,CarleyDenton, age 17, andCarly Greene, age 14, qualified for the YAGPNewYork Finals andwill be competing on April 22-29.Both dancers are alsomembers of LakeCitiesBalletTheatre andwill be accompanied toNewYork by their teachers,KellyLanninandNancyLoch.Dancers are also coached byDeborahWeaver, ShanonTate, Shannon Beachamand JanetWaters.

Pictured: CarlyGreene. Photo by: Scott Young

in the nation DallasBlackDanceTheatre performs at the Publick Playhouse inCheverly,MDfromApril 27-May 1, 2016.

JessicaLang is opening the JessicaLangDanceCenter—a 6,100-square-foot space in Long IslandCity,Queens, in September 2016. The spacewill house Lang’s company and a newschool. Kanji Segawa, Lang’s husband,will assume the role of school director.

The cast of ShuffleAlong, theBroadway revival of the 1921musical, includesDallas tapperC.K.Edwards and vocalistBrittonSmith, alums ofBooker TWashingtonHSPVA’sEntertainers.Karissa Royster, aDCNT scholarship recipient fromSanAntonio, is among the cast of tappers appearing in the showchoreographed by Savion Glover.

EdieBrickell, graduate ofBooker TWashingtonHSPVA’sVisual ArtDepartment, and SteveMartinhavewritten and composed the script and score for Bright Star—a fabulous newbluegrass musical nowrunning onBroadway.

Pictured: SaraMearns. Photo by:NancyWest Loch DANCE!NORTHTEXAS

around theworld DallasBlackDanceTheatre II performs at Fintdaz, the International Festival of Theater andDance, in Iquique,Chile from May 10-18, 2016.

a publication of the dance council of north texas vol. 19 • no. 2 May-July 2016 page 31

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