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About Dance Council of North Texas

Mission

Dance Council of North Texas, a unique service organization, creates opportunities for the community to promote and support all forms of dance.

Vision

To promote and support dance.

History 

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 $225,000 per year with a full time office and advertising manager, contract professionals, and pro-bono professionals.

Purpose 

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 Dance Council of North Texas (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. Dancers Network is a free one day event presented by Dance Council of North Texas and Collin College where members of the north Texas dance community can meet to network with future dancers, educators and arts organizations; its mission is to provide opportunities for dancers to further their careers. The Scholarship program awards $32,000 to 31 outstanding dance students to attend distinguished summer dance programs. The Adaptive Dance programs provide instructional workshops for teachers movement classes to individuals with special needs, military veterans, senior citizens, and adults with neurological conditions throughout DFW. For the past 23 years DCNT produced the Dance Planet Festival, the only festival of its kind, that builds community and provides accessibility through 18 free master classes and a free performance showcase by 60 dance troupes. 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 Moody Performance Hall, Dallas Dances, an exhilarating two day festival, showcases excellence in dance. Dance Council Honors celebrates the outstanding contributions of distinguished leaders in the field. The Dallas Dance Film Festival was created in 2018 to promote and support local and international emerging and professional dance filmmakers to provide an affordable platform for them to share their work. The festival also offers the community at large a new way to observe and experience dance.

Advocacy

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, www.thedancecouncil.org is a haven for greater information about dance in North Texas. DCNT reached an unprecedented 163,000 people in 2019!