Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s DBDT: Encore!

2/21/2023 – DBDT: Encore!, the second professional company of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, will present Dancing Beyond Borders in one-night only performances during March 2023 for Dallas Metroplex audiences in Fort Worth and Richardson, Texas. This season’s featured highlights include a historical dance drama by Christopher L. Huggins and a ballet filled with athletic artistry by Jess Hendricks. The Special Guest Artist joining the Fort Worth concert is DanceTCU. Dancing Beyond Borders-West will be held March 4, 2023, at 7:30 pm in the W. E. Scott Theatre in Fort Worth, TX. Dancing Beyond Borders-North performance will be held at the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas on March 25, 2023, at 7:30 pm.

DBDT: Encore! performs Tears of War by ChristopherL. Huggins, an award-winning, internationally renowned choreographer.  The ballet mirrors the heartbreak of war during six periods of American history and is a soul-stirring work on the victims of war left behind at home. Barger’s Adagio for Strings adds the music of dramatically vibrating strings to the griefthe dancers are trying to shake during the piece.Huggins is a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and works across the U.S. and abroad as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. 

Choreographer and dance instructor Jess Hendricksbrought the dancers to the brink of physical exhaustion, pushing the boundaries of physicality in the dance Shedding Skin. The work will singe your emotions as the dancers move through the strenuous and athletic work. Hendricks is an award-winning choreographer who has taught and choreographed works abroad and is co-founder of Dancers Give Back Dallas.

Spiritual Suite is a collection of spiritual works choreographed in a collaborative effort by DBDT artists Nycole RayRichard A. Freeman, Jr.Floyd McLean, Jr., and Dianne Grigsby, former soloist with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and assistant artistic director of the Ailey Repertory Ensemble. The work was created for DBDT: Encore! and was first performed in June of 2022.

Special guest performers for the Fort Worth performance are DanceTCU from the TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance under the direction of Elizabeth Gillaspy. DanceTCU will perform Undercurrent, choreographed by DBDT’s Richard A. Freeman, Jr. and Katricia Eaglin, in October 2022.  Undercurrent is an ensemble work inspired by the movement of water.  Across three distinct sections of movement, this work traverses a broad and varied landscape of tranquility, introspection, power, and force.


Fort Worth
March 4, 2023 – 7:30 pm 
W. E. Scott Theatre 
1300 Gendy St. 
Fort Worth, TX. 76107 
Tickets: $45

March 25, 2023 – 7:30 pm 
Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts
2351 Performance Drive
Richardson, TX. 75082
Tickets: $47

In-person + Live streaming + On-demand 


Dallas Black Dance Theatre limits seating capacity to allow for social distancing in all performance venues. Because of the limited in-person ticket availability, DBDT will not offer discounts to groups.

DBDT encourages the use of masks at its performances.


Fort Worth Virtual Link price – $25 
Watch a live stream of the Dancing Beyond Border-West performance at 7:30 PM CST on March 4, 2023, or on-demand from 10:30 PM CST Saturday – Monday, March 6, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST. 

Richardson Virtual Link price – $28
Watch a live stream of the Dancing Beyond Border-West performance at 7:30 PM CST on March 25, 2023, or on-demand from 10:30 PM CST Saturday – Monday, March 27, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST. 

For more performance details, visit www.DBDT.com.

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