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Celebrates the I00th Anniversary of the I9th Amendment

When Did Women in Texas Get the Right to Vote?
1903 The Texas State Chapter of the National Women' s Suffrage Association was established
1912 Activists formed Suffrage Clubs across Texas to organize
1914 - 1916 Dallas was Host City for Texas Woman's Suffrage Association Annual Convention (TWSA) at Fair Park
1918 TWSA delivered 10,000 signatures of support for the Primary Suffrage Bill (February)
1918 Governor Hobby signed bill giving Woman the RIGHT TO VOTE in Texas Primary elections and at State Conventions (March 26)
1919 Governor signs a state resolution to amend the TX State Constitution for FULL voting rights, but it failed (February 5)
1919 The Federal amendment to add a 19th Amendment to the Constitution passed both houses of Congress in Washington, DC and was sent to all states for ratification by at least 36 (June).
1919 Texas becomes first southern state to ratify the 19th Amendment (June 28).
1920 19th Amendment for Women's Right to Vote ratified by majority of states, becomes U.S. law (August)

The Powerful Women of Dance Lecture Series
ON HOLD | March 30 – Julia Alcantara, founder and artistic director, Ida y Vuelta Flamenco Company
ON HOLD | April 5 – Katie Puder, founder and artistic director, Avant Chamber Ballet | Avant Chamber Ballet Studio

May 8 – Catherine Turocy, founder and artistic director, The New York Baroque Company | Solar Prep, 2617 N Henderson Ave, Dallas | 2PM
June 7 - Lisa Mesa-Rogers, executive director , Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico | Lochwood Branch Public Library | 5 - 6:30PM
July 12 – Bridget Moore, founder and artistic director, Bridget Moore Dance
August 22 – Revathi Satyu, founder and artistic director, Arathi School of Dance | Fretz Park Public Library

Dallas Dances 2020
August 29 • 2PM + 8PM • Moody Performance Hall • Tickets on Sale August 1 at

Special Guest Artist
Wendy Whelan
Associate Artistic Director, New York City Ballet

Wendy Whelan is the Associate Artistic Director of New York City Ballet. One of the most acclaimed dancers of her generation, she followed a storied 30-year career at NYCB with a variety of multi-disciplinary projects with cultural organizations around the world. She was named NYCB Associate Artistic Director in February 2019.
As a dancer with NYCB, Whelan counted principal roles in more than 125 ballets in her repertory, dancing virtually all of the major Balanchine roles, working closely with Jerome Robbins on many of his works, and was also the dancer most choreographed on in NYCB history, creating leading roles in more than 50 new works by such choreographers as William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Jorma Elo, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Wayne McGregor, Peter Martins, and numerous others. Following her retirement from NYCB in 2014, she cultivated multi-disciplinary performance projects with a range of collaborators including choreographers Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks, Alejandro Cerrudo, Lucinda Childs, Daniele Désnoyers, Javier De Frutos, David Neumann, Annie-B Parson, and Arthur Pita.
Whelan began studying dance in Louisville with Virginia Wooton, a local teacher, and at the Louisville Ballet Academy. In 1981 she received a scholarship to the Summer Course at the School of American Ballet and a year later, enrolled as a full-time student at SAB. She was named an apprentice with NYCB in 1984 and joined the corps de ballet in 1986. She was promoted to Soloist in 1989 and to Principal Dancer in 1991.
Her awards include the Dance Magazine Award in 2007, and in 2009 she was given a Doctorate of Arts, honoris causa, from Bellarmine University in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. In 2011, she received both the Jerome Robbins Award and a Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Performance

Friday, August 28 • Reception for Wendy Whelan

Sunday, August 30 • Master Class with Wendy Whelan

Stay tuned for more information on time + location!

Powerful Women of the Arts About Town
Ann Williams
Nancy Nasher

Sister Events:

March 12The Awakening — The Centennial of the 19th Amendment: Suffragette Cartoon Gallery | Turner House, 401 N Rosemont Ave, Dallas, Tx | 7PM
July 26 – Suffragist Party | Dallas Public Library

With generous support from 



Why go?

"Dallas and the Metroplex need to be doing everything we possibly can to develop the arts in this area. The arts can set the world on fire and why shouldn’t we start here?
Dallas DanceFest is taking great steps to promote, cultivate and liberate the arts and Texas Ballet Theater is thrilled to be a part of it."  

~ Ben Stevenson, Artistic Director, Texas Ballet Theater

"I look forward to participating in DanceFest each year. It's a special chance to see the diversity, quality, and inventiveness of performing artists in our region!"
~ Kimi Nikaidoh, Artistic Director, Bruce Wood Dance

"Presenting my work at Dallas DanceFest jumpstarted my mindset from that of a student to a professional dancer and choreographer. It introduced me to a network of artists, directors,
and creatives who are making interesting and thoughtful work. I aspired to be part of DDF prior to being selected because of caliber of the artists presenting.
Not only does DDF celebrate dance-makers who have decades of experience and are masters of their crafts, it also sheds light on emerging artists who are in different stages of their artistic journey.
I am humbled to have presented my work at DDF in 2015 and 2016. I am currently freelancing in Los Angeles, working with Ate9, No)One. Art House, and Ezralow Dance, among others."

~ Shauna Davis, SMU graduate, former apprentice with José Limón

"DanceFest provides a significant opportunity for young choreographers to showcase their work. This venue has allowed some of our most gifted students to begin building their choreographic resumes
and it has proven to be a springboard to other opportunities on a national scale. DanceFest provides our students with the opportunity to perform in a major venue in the Dallas Arts District
with other professional and student dancers from the Texas region. This exposure plays a significant role in their development as dance artists."

~ Patty Harrington-Delany, Chair of the Division of Dance, Meadows School of the Arts

"DanceFest is a celebration of our local dance family; it's a chance for us to get together and celebrate an art form we are passionate about." 
~ Joshua Peugh, Artistic Director, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

"The Dallas Morning News Dance Festival was a large part of my childhood dancing in Dallas. The studio where I took class would participate and I looked forward to it every year.
So, when it finally returned as the Dallas DanceFest, I was overjoyed! Having a festival like this in our city is so important to educating new audiences about dance and exposing the talent
that we have in our city. And supporting that talent. By providing a venue, marketing, a technical crew, and the chance to explore your work with new eyes, the DanceFest allows for many unique voices
to come together in one space. To have my choreography seen in this program is a great opportunity. My work and my approach to dance is quite different from other choreographers in our city,
so I'm honored to have a chance to show what we do in the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group to a new audience."

~ Danielle Georgiou

Dallas DanceFest 2017
September 2 - 3 . 2017 . Dallas City Performance Hall
Check out Katie Dravenstott's article on Dallas DanceFest!
See what Dance Informa has to say about the festival!

Dallas DanceFest 2016

September 3 - 4 . 2016 . Dallas City Performance Hall

Click here to read Manny Mendoza's article about Dallas DanceFest for Dallas Morning News 8/27/2014
Click here to read Eunice Nicholson's article about Dance Council Honors' Honoree Suzie Jary for 8/25/14
Click here to read Manny Mendoza's interview with Gayle Halperin about DDF for Arts & Culture Texas! 7/3/14
Click here to read Mark Lowry's article about Dallas DanceFest for Dallas Voice! 8/15/14