House Representative

Giddings, Helen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/30/2017

With Rep. Giddings' Nomination, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Wins 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Award

AUSTIN - Today, Representative Helen Giddings celebrated the announcement that the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will receive the 2017 Texas Medal of Honors Award for Arts Education. Last year, Rep. Giddings nominated the group for the for the critical service they perform for Dallas' youth.

"The Dallas Black Dance Theatre has inspired a new generation of Texans to participate in dance as a means of expression. Through professional dance concert performances, arts-in-education programs, and community outreach events, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre has made an invaluable impact on the people of Dallas and beyond."

Founded by Ann Williams in 1976, Dallas Black Dance Theatre is the only predominantly minority professional dance company in the five-state region of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas, and New Mexico. They have grown from a community-based, semi-professional organization to a fully-professional dance company renowned across the country.

"I am so proud of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre for not just this recognition, but for the incredible achievements and growth that has defined them for years. I congratulate Founder Ann Williams, Board Chairman Gilbert Gerst, and all of the dancers who make this organization one of the best dance companies in Texas and beyond. As someone who deeply appreciates and honors the arts, I am enormously thankful for their work."

Representative Helen Giddings proudly serves the cities of House District 109: Dallas, DeSoto, Cedar Hill, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Wilmer, as well as part of Duncanville.

Contact: David Feigen