editor’s letter Tiffany Bailey

vibrant cultural community inDallas.” InFebruary, a sessionspecific to the dance communitywasheld withdancers, choreographers, educators, administra- tors and advocates, all coming together to discusshow


we could improve dance inDallas. Itwas anamazing conversationwith issues like venue space, funding, accessibility and communicationall being discussedwithideas onhowto improve onthese pressing issues.

We are lucky to live ina citywhere these conversations arehappening. Dallas isworking to create anenvironment that supports the arts, and it startswiththis type of opendialogue to debate and discuss themany needs andwants of our local dance community. This ishowdance can thrive inDallas.

The cultural plancouldnothave come at a better time, aswe seemore andmore dance companies andnon-profit organizations being devel- oped,while thenetwork of arts-related resources continues to grow.Our community is becomingmore diversewithmore collaborationshappen- ing across artistic disciplines.

Inthis issue, Iwanted to focus onthe developing diversitywithinour dance community. Ihad the opportunity tomeetwithJasonFowler, a world-renownedNewYorkCityBallet dancer and repetiteur,whohails fromDallas. Inour thoroughly engrossing conversation,we discussed the difference betweentheDallashe grewup inand theDallas that

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or the better part of 2018,Dallashas embarked ondeveloping a cultural planthroughtheCity ofDallasOffice ofCulturalAffairswiththe missionto “work together to create amore

existsnow. FromtheArtsDistrict and the performing spaces that it offers, to the variety indance companies that exist;Dallashas developed into a dancing city.

Inaddition, I sat downwithYeaJeanChoi andMartheyaNygaard, two influential dancerswho co-created anewdance project titled, kNOwBOX. This initiative breaks downartistic silos and barrierswith the intent of connecting creators across disciplines inthe digital sphere to produce dance onfilm.

Also inthis issue,DallasBlackDance Theatre continues their years of community engagementwiththeirCulturalAwareness Series.Reaching newheights in2018, theywere able towelcome 1,500 students from across Texas to participate inthis incredible opportunity. They received a lot of positive feedback fromeducators and studentswho found the experience to be valuable,not just to the curriculumthat is taught, but also to their lives and visions of the future.Changing liveswiththe power of art is anincredibly fulfilling venture, and it’s one thatDallas BlackDance Theaterhas proudly championed for decades.

Our guestwriter, LinneaHagler examineswhy variety is important for dancers, bothinstyle and inthework that is created that constantly pushes the boundaries of sameness.As a student and teacher, she is able to speak to bothlevels, andhowthis canbe overwhelming but at the same time a viablenecessity.

Ihope you’ll enjoy reading this issue and the stories of dancers and artistswhohave givensomuchto our community,while embracing our diversity and the variety that it brings to our daily lives.

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a publicationof the dance council of northtexas vol. 21 • no. 2

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