The Dance Council of North Texas (DCNT), a 501c3 non-profit founded in 1973, serves, supports and promotes all aspects of dance and encourages the dynamic presence of dance in the community. DCNT provides artistic, educational and cultural opportunities to people of all ages, ethnicities and abilities through dance festivals, master classes, scholarships, professional recognition, adaptive dance programs, collaborations and partnerships. DCNT is an organization of professional and non-professional dance companies, independent artists, teachers, performers, movement specialists, students, dance enthusiasts and businesses. The Dance Council provides services primarily to the North Texas area and greater access across the nation through electronic media.
In 2013, DCNT reached a milestone and celebrated its 40th year in existence! The Dance Council of North Texas is the only dance service provider in North Texas. In fact, the organization is unique in the United States. In 1973, the organization was formed as the Dallas Dance Council and became incorporated as a 501c3 in 1974. Reflecting its broader constituency and outreach, the Dallas Dance Council became the Dance Council in 1995. In 2009, the organization’s name was changed to DCNT to define its geographical origination for the national and international dance community. DCNT was initially organized by and continues to achieve its vision through its dedicated and energetic board of directors and volunteers. DCNT receives funding through its membership, affordable marketing resources offered to the dance community, individual donors and foundations, corporate sources, city funding from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Town of Addison, and the state agency, Texas Commission on the Arts. The annual budget is approximately $250,000 per year with full time executive director, administrative manager, part time advertising manager, contract professionals, and pro bono professional work. DCNT membership includes a cross section of the dance world including dance fans, teachers, students, studios, schools, universities, dance-related businesses, individual artists, choreographers and professional companies.
Reaching beyond the confines of the studio and classroom, the Dance Council’s diverse programs create opportunities for the community to appreciate and experience dance. Programming is designed to increase awareness, provide access, foster dance education, encourage serious commitment to dance studies, communicate timely information about dance events, and provide avenues to enjoy, observe and participate in all genres of dance.
Highlights of Programs
Since 1995 DCNT has developed a wide range of annual dance programs designed to increase exposure and accessibility to dance. The following examples provide a brief summary of services. In 2014 the Scholarship program awarded $38,000 to 45 outstanding dance students to attend distinguished summer dance programs and 1 dance educator to attend professional development seminars. The Adaptive Dance programs provide dance classes to 450 children with disabilities, senior citizens, and adults with neurological conditions at six locations throughout the metroplex. The Council partners with the Dallas Summer Musicals on the week-long National Tap Dance Celebration offering free public showcases nightly with performances by 35+ tap companies with total attendance reaching 1900. In a triple threat collaboration with the Town of Addison and SalsaDallas, DCNT offers salsa classes, dancing and performances at Vitruvian Salsa Festival outdoors at Vitruvian Park every Saturday in June and July to over 24,000 people of all ages. DCNT Youth Council offers professional dance education and performance opportunities to inner city schools reaching 1,000. For the past 18 years DCNT produced the Dance Planet Festival, the only festival of its kind, that builds community and provides accessibility through 30 free master classes, free performance showcase by 80 dance troupes, and 40 free Pilates workout sessions. Planet celebrates the diversity of dance in the North Texas community and in turn, expands artistic and cultural understanding reaching approximately 3,000. Held annually on Labor Day weekend at the Dallas City Performance Hall, Dallas DanceFest, an exhilarating three day festival, showcases excellence in dance and celebrates the outstanding contributions of distinguished leaders in the field.
DCNT advocates for dance through our communication programs, at city and state levels, and at national conferences. The Council circulates DANCE! North Texas, an award winning publication featuring outstanding artistic, educational and cultural opportunities distributed quarterly to 12,000. CenterStage is a weekly electronic newsletter keeping the public informed on performances, jobs, auditions, etc. Our website, thedancecouncil.org is a haven for greater information about dance in North Texas. DCNT reaches approximately 30,000 people and thousands more through electronic media.