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Revered Dallas dance company honors founder at elegant luncheon

Revered Dallas dance company honors founder at elegant luncheon

DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Melissa M. Young, Clarice Tinsley, Ann Williams, Nycole Ray
Melissa M. Young, Clarice Tinsley, Ann Williams, Nycole Ray Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Rozene Pride, Charley Pride
Rozene Pride, Charley Pride Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Herman Houston III
DBDT: Encore! dancer Herman Houston III performs a solo to “A Change is Gonna Come” by Dianne Grigsby. Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Mandiba
Dallas Black Dance Academy Allegro Performing Ensemble in the original work Mandiba by Katricia Eaglin. Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Lucy Billingsley, Zanetta Drew
Lucy Billingsley, Zanetta Drew Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Doug Curtis, Ann Williams
Doug Curtis, Ann Williams Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Linda Todd, Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash
Linda Todd, Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon
Verna G. Brown Mitchell, Melissa M. Young, Thalia Matherson, Rev. Claude O. Maples, Ann Williams, Rev. Patricia Maples, Kimberly Runnels, Gloria Lockett, Joleen Chambers, Jeanette Allen Photo by Niesha Lanae Graves
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Melissa M. Young, Clarice Tinsley, Ann Williams, Nycole Ray
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Rozene Pride, Charley Pride
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Herman Houston III
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Mandiba
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Lucy Billingsley, Zanetta Drew
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Doug Curtis, Ann Williams
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon, Linda Todd, Andy McCarthy, Herdercine Nash
DBDT 2018 founders luncheon

What: Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder's Luncheon

Where: Hilton Anatole 

The 411: About 650 Dallas Black Dance Theatre patrons filled the Hilton Anatole Imperial Ballroom for the 22nd and final Founder’s Luncheon.

The event honored longtime supporters and introduced a new fundraising initiative, the Ann Williams Legacy Society. So named for DBDT founder Ann Williams, the society is meant to be an exclusive group of peers committed to the long-term sustainability of the 41-year-old dance company, executive director Zenetta Drew explained.

Three other honorees — Andy McCarthyHerdercine Nash, and Linda Todd — were recognized for their support of the organization for more than two decades. The Rev. Lelious Johnson and Kimberley Runnels served as the event chairs, while Fox 4 News anchor Clarice Tinsley emceed the luncheon.

The artistic highlight of the luncheon was provided by the group's own dancers. DBDT: Encore! dancer Herman Houston III performed the solo "A Change is Gonna Come" by Dianne Grigsby, and Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Allegro Performing Ensemble graced the stage in the work "Mandiba" by Katricia Eaglin.

Williams founded DBDT with a dream of providing a place where African Americans could dance professionally. In more than four decades, its dancers have performed on five continents, 15 countries, and across America. The Founder’s Luncheon proceeds benefit the company’s community outreach and educational programs that share the art of dance with more than 20,000 students (grades K-12) in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Who: Charley Pride, Rozene Pride, Melissa M. Young, Nycole RayLucy BillingsleyDoug CurtisVerna G. Brown Mitchell, Thalia Matherson, Rev. Claude O. Maples, Rev. Patricia Maples, Gloria Lockett, Joleen Chambers, Jeanette Allen.