|Dallas Black Dance Theatre at Dallas DanceFest|
The Dallas dance scene is alive and well, and if 2014 is any indication, 2015 is going to provide us with a lot of entertainment, opportunities to perform and chances to expand the community.
In an effort not to sugarcoat anything, I will say that we are still facing issues of sustainability, funding, training, location and visibility. Money will always be an obstacle for dancers and dance companies, especially in a city like Dallas. Based on population, we're a large city -- one of the largest -- but when you look at how much local grant money and public arts funding is available, the city shrinks. We're all grappling to win over the same people and the same performance venues, and that can be problematic. While there are many venues to choose from, many of them are costly to rent. Yet, from my own experiences this year and from what I have witnessed as an audience member and writer, the future is looking brighter.
2014 saw the reemergence of festivals, and the advent of new companies, programs, dancers, directors and spaces. Let me start with the Dallas DanceFest. More »