The Dance Council Honors – 25 Years of Recognizing Outstanding Accomplishments in Dance!

Posted on September 18th, 2012

Dance Council Honors – 25 Years of Recognizing Outstanding Accomplishments in Dance

WHAT: A significant Dallas, TX awards program celebrating a life time of accomplishments of six outstanding Texas artists, educators, dance business and leaders. The event includes a gala showcase of 2012 DCNT Scholarship students, Guyer High School production of Chicago (Denton, TX) and the exciting Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The afternoon also includes a silent auction and reception.

WHEN: Sunday, September 30, at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 2700 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201.

TICKETS: $35 adults, $25 DCNT members, and $20 students under the age of 16. Ticket includes reception. Prices rise on September 24: $40 adults; $30 DCNT members; $20 students under the age of 16. Proceeds benefit the Dance Council of North Texas and its Dance Scholarship Program.

HOW to PURCHASE TICKETS: By phone at 214-219-2290 or on line at

Seating is limited; reservations are strongly urged. Free parking.

PHOTOS: jpg photographs of scholarship dancers available upon request. 214-219-2290

Along with applauding six outstanding individuals for their contributions to dance the 25th Dance Council of North Texas Honors will also include performances by Dance Council scholarship recipients, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Guyer High School.

This year also marks the first time a local high school will be participating in the Dance Council Honors showcase. Guyer High School Theatre students will be performing a number from the Broadway blockbuster, Chicago.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre will close the program with the earthy and lyrical pas de deux from famed choreographer Alvin Ailey’s Escapades.

The event also includes a Silent Auction that benefits the Dance Council’s scholarship program. The auction includes dinner and theater packages, paintings, jewelry and other objects donated by area arts institutions and individuals. While bidding, guests can also enjoy a reception and beverages.

The 2012 Dance Council Honorees include:

Laura Price – Texas Tap Legend

Laura Price is a creative, rhythmical, challenging tap dancer and teacher. She has danced in such productions as Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Whoopee, Peter and the Wolf, A Chorus Line, The Nutcracker, and Morton Gould’s “Tap Dance Concerto”. Price’s career spans more than 30 years of performing and teaching.

Kay Dalziel – Mary Warner Award for Service to Dance

In the retail dance wear business since 1984, Kay Dalziel (dee-el) opened Artful Dancewear LLC in north Dallas in 2003. She is well-known and respected throughout north Dallas as dancer friendly business. Dalziel has assisted the DCNT in many projects one of which is to underwrite the DCNT/Artful Dancewear Dance Educator Professional Development scholarship.

Teresa Espinosa – Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Excellence

Teresa Espinosa is an alumna of Booker T. Washington HSPVA and California Institute for the Arts (Valencia) before developing into an acclaimed hip-hop choreographer, dancer and teacher. A member of the dance crew “Beat Freaks,” she appeared on Season 3 of America’s Best Dance Crew. Most recently Espinosa worked as an assistant choreographer for the film, Magic Mike (2012) and choreographer for Carly Rae Jepson’s appearance at the Billboard Awards show.

Tracy Jordan – Mary McLarry Bywaters Award for Lifetime Contribution to Dance

DCNT is thrilled to award its highest honor to Tracy Jordan, executive director of the Dallas Summer Musicals High School Musical Theatre Awards. Jordan has appeared in a number of Las Vegas shows including the Folies Bergere. He was featured in Broadway productions such as 42nd Street, Sugar Babies, Jesus Christ Super Star and Fiddler On The Roof.

Gladys Keeton and Yvonne Lovell – Larry White Dance Educator Award

Gladys Keeton is associate professor of dance at Texas Woman’s University. She is the coordinator of the undergraduate program and Master of Arts in Teaching Dance Internship, director of the Community Dance Center and founder of the TWU International Dance Company. Keeton also presents professional development workshops on creative dance, world dance styles and arts integration across Texas.

Another inspiring dance educator is Yvonne Lovell. Lovell is the owner and director of Stage Door in Mesquite, TX which opened in 1980. Lovellr, born and raised in London, began performing on stage at the age of six and won All England gold medal for tap dancing by the age of nine. Lovell is certified with the prestigious British Association of Teachers of Dancing as well as Dance Educators of America.

For interviews and more information about the 2012 Dance Council Honors and tickets, contact Pam Deslorieux, 214-219-2290.