The Lyceum Committee at Elizabeth City State University welcomes the Dallas Black
Dance Theatre as guest performers at 7 p.m. on November 30 in the auditorium of the
Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) celebrates its 31st season as the oldest, continuously
operating professional dance company in Dallas. The ensemble, a contemporary modern
dance company, consists of 12 professional, full-time dancers performing a mixed repertory
of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known
choreographers. Over the course of its history, DBDT has performed for 1.5 million
arts patrons worldwide (40,000 of which were children).
Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, the mission of Dallas Black Dance Theatre is to create
and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence
through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse
communities. With an ever-expanding national and global audience, the company employs
a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers performing for audiences of all ages and
Williams received her early dance training under Barbara Hollis (a member of the Katherine
Dunham Dance Company), Edith James, Doris Humphrey, and Charles Weidman. She received
additional training under Alvin Ailey and Arthur Mitchell. Ms. Williams is a graduate
of Prairie View A&M University and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Dance and Related
Arts from Texas Woman's University. She holds a certificate in Arts Management from
Texas A&M University and received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities, from Northwood
The public is welcome to see this rare performance in Elizabeth City by an internationally
acclaimed dance company for a $5 entry. ECSU students will be admitted free with a
current university ID.
For more information, please call Ms. Barbaina Houston -Black, 252-335-3279. ECSU
provides the Lyceum Series performance for free or low cost for the community's cultural
enrichment. Additional information about the Dallas Black Dance Theatre appears on
the university web site, www.ecsu.edu under the Campus News category.
Janine N. Beckles (3rd Season)
Beckles, a native of New York City, has two degrees from Southern Methodist University,
a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and a B.A. in Sociology. She started her professional
training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She attended LaGuardia High School of the
Performing Arts and was a National Foundation of The Arts award recipient in 2000.
During her high school and college years, she was on a fellowship scholarship at the
Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Beckles has worked with Troy Powell, Hope Boykin
and performed Memoria, Hymn, and Divining. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Maria Day (2nd Season)
A native of the Philippines, Day is a December 2006 graduate of Texas Woman's University
with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Marketing. She is a former member
of LaWanda Hunter's In Flight Dance Theatre, Dallas Dance Company and Dallas Black
Dance Theatre II.
Katricia Eaglin (3rd Season)
A native of Dallas, Texas, Eaglin received her BFA from the University of North Texas
while minoring in Business Foundations. She is a former member of Dallas Black Dance
Theatre II, serving as an original member in 2000. She is currently a student at
Dallas Theological Seminary. Eaglin was the Founder and Director of Freedom Dance
Ensemble, and is an instructor of African dance and Liturgical/Praise Dance at Dallas
Black Dance Academy. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Richard A. Freeman, Jr. (3rd Season)
A native of Washington D.C., Freeman began his formal training with D.C.Y.E. under
the direction of Carol Foster and the Washington Ballet. He received additional training
from Duke Ellington School of the Arts as well as Virginia Commonwealth University.
Freeman has worked with choreographers such as Mike Malone, Christopher Huggins, Charles
Augins, and Debbie Allen.
Peter Gaona (1st Season)
Gaona is a native of Chicago, Ill. who began his training at the Joel Hall Dance Center
and has studied at the Deeply Rooted Center of Cultural Enrichment, and the Ailey
School. Gaona has danced with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Deeply
Rooted Dance Theater, The Joel Hall Dancers, and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble.
Kevin E. Jackson (4th Season)
At age 17, Jackson began his dance training at the B.O.C.E.S. Cultural Arts Center
of Syosset, NY. Since then, he has trained at the Fordham/Ailey B.F.A. program, Martha
Graham School and the Koresh Dance Center. His professional career consists of the
Martha Graham Repertory Ensemble, Ailey II apprentice and Oakland Ballet; and he has
worked with Judith Jamison, Carman DeLavallade, Aubrey Lynch, Troy Powell, Christopher
Huggins, Milton Myers, Alonzo King, Elisa Monte and Donald McKayle.
Michael Jackson, Jr. (2nd Season)
A native of New Orleans, La, Mr. Jackson began his dance training at Duke Ellington
School of the Arts in Washington D.C. under the direction of Charles Augins. In 2005,
Mr. Jackson joined Dance Theatre of Harlem Dancing Through Barriers Ensemble. He
has worked with many noted choreographers such as Adrian Bolton, Christopher Huggins,
Charles Augins, Arthur Mitchell, Katherine Smith and more.
Rashan K. Jackson (3rd Season)
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., began his formal dance training at the Philadelphia
Dance Company (Philadanco), and was a member of Philadanco II. Other training includes
the University of the Arts, The Ailey School and Pennsylvania Ballet. Jackson has
performed with the Bermuda Dance Company, Eleone Dance Theatre, Lula Washington Dance
Theatre, Donald Byrd/The Group, and Washington Reflections Dance Company.
Alicia Lundgren (1st Season)
Lundgren began her dance training at the Ann Davlin School of Dance under the direction
of Mary Lyons. She studied with Evelyn Thomas, artistic director of Nuba Dance Theatre
and Reginald Ray-Savage, artistic director of Savage Jazz Dance Company. After receiving
her BFA from The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance in 2005, she toured internationally
with Ailey II for two years under the direction of Sylvia Waters. Ms. Lundgren has
performed works by choreographers Nathan Trice, Pascal Rioult, Paul Taylor, Jose LimÃ³n,
Troy Powell, Kevin Wynn, and Dwana Adiaha Smallwood.
Alicia Pegues (4th Season)
A Dallas native, is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine
Arts in Modern Pedagogy. She has toured South America with the Modern Repertory Dance
Theatre and is a former member of DBDT II. Alicia attended the Alvin Ailey American
Dance Center on scholarship. Alicia is working on her Master's of Fine Arts at Texas
Woman's University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Nycole Ray (10th Season)
A native of Detroit, Mich., Ray graduated from The California Institute of the Arts
with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Additional dance training includes the California State
Summer School of the Arts, Wayne State University and as an exchange student at the
London Contemporary Dance School. Ms. Ray has performed with the Lula Washington
Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and her choreography has been
featured in the US and abroad. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate and
Graduate Teaching Assistant at Texas Woman's University. She is a member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority.
Revised text highlighting the dance company appears courtesy of Dallas Black Dance