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, supporting the dance community and serving the community at large. 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 a dedicated and energetic board of directors and volunteers. DCNT receives funding through its membership, affordable marketing resources offered to the dance community, individual donors, foundations, corporations, 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 $350,000 per year with a full time executive director, administrative manager, part time advertising manager, contract professionals, and pro bono professionals.
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. The Scholarship program awards $38,000 to 47 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 800 individuals with special needs, 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 2000. 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 39,000 people of all ages. DCNT Youth Council offers professional dance education and performance opportunities to inner city schools reaching 1,000. For the past 19 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 13,700. 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 reached an unprecedented163,000 people in 2015!