Milton Tatum ~ Mary Warner Award for Outstanding Service to Dance
Mllton T. Tatum, Jr. a 1980 graduate from DISD Arts Magnet, now Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, was one of four of the first Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Milton received scholarships to El Centro College, Southern Methodists University, Dallas Civic Ballet, American Dance Festival, Unites States International University School of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. While still in high school, he was male soloist with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company. He also performed with Dallas Ballet, Wichita Falls Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem Bella Lewitzsky, 1984 (LA) Summer Olympics Arts Festival, Dr. Chuck Davis’ African American Dance Ensemble of Durham, North Carolina and Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Milton started his teaching career shortly after returning to Dallas in 1982 at Booker T Washington HSPVA, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dancers Unlimited and Tuzer Ballet Company. After moving to California in 1989, he continued to teach and choreograph for Cal State University, Los Angeles; Cal State University, Long Beach; Pomona Catholic High School; Scripps College; Santa Monica Dance Center, and Brookhaven College. He opened his own studio in Montclair, California. He served as Ballethnic’s Consultant & Artist Administrative Director from 2002-2005 and continued to tour both nationally and abroad as lecturer and master class teacher .Mr. Tatum served as Artistic Director for Inner City Dance Theatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2004, Mr. Tatum choreographed Tall Dark & Handsome, starring International Recording Artist Tony Terry and served as the Director for the music video: A Father’s Love (2005). Mr. Tatum has toured the world with Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Mr. Tatum toured Southern France with Jon Hendricks and Louis Johnson on the tour Reminiscing in Tempo, The World Tour of Hope Clark’s/DBDT Dance version of Porgy & Bess set to the music of Miles Davis, as well as touring Uganda, East Africa with the Children Of Uganda on a USA tour in 2002 The Tour of Lights. He has had many engagements with the Black Academy of Arts in Letters’ 30th year Celebrations. In addition to being technical director and lighting designer for Dallas Black Dance Theatre since 2005, he served in the same role with International Association for Blacks in Dance since 2007. Mr. Tatum has served as Assistant to the Artistic Director, Company Manager, Technical Director and Touring Manager over the last 41 years for the Dallas Black Dance Theatre!