Return of Dallas Black Dance Theatre Announced by Dept of Parks and Rec., Pr. Geo. County

April 12, 2022


Media contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311

Program Contact: Megan Merchant, 301-277-0015

Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Announces Return of

Dallas Black Dance Theatre to Publick Playhouse

Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the M-NCPPC, is proud to announce the return of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre to Publick Playhouse in Hyattsville. For over 40 years, the Company has mesmerized audiences with spell-bounding performances that keep audiences coming back for more. Their repertory combines classical and contemporary modern works by Alvin Ailey, Elisa Monte, Milton Myers, Asadata Dafora, Dianne McIntyre, Matthew Rushing, Christopher L. Huggins, Ben Stephenson, Twyla Tharp, and others. The touring artists are a diverse multiethnic troupe of well-trained, exciting, and skillful dancers.

Scheduled events at Publick Playhouse from April 27 – May 1 include:

Master Classes

April 27, 7-8 pm:              African Dance for Youth Ages 8-14

April 27, 8:15-9:15 pm:  African Dance for Teens and Adults; Ages 15 and up

April 28, 6-7:30 pm:        Liturgical Dance for Youth Ages 8 -14

April 28, 7:45-9:15 pm:  Liturgical Dance for Teens and Adults; Ages 15 and up

Cost: $20/student; $10/observer

Platinum Performances for Ages 60 and Better

April 28, 11 am- 12 Noon

April 29, 11 am- 12 Noon

Cost: $10/person

Weekend Performances

April 29, 8 – 10 pm

April 30, 8- 10 pm

May 1, 4 – 6 pm
Cost: $30/person; $25/Seniors, Students, Children

Register for all programs here.

About Dallas Black Dance Theatre 

Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s mission 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. Located in the thriving downtown Dallas Arts District, DBDT has performed worldwide for 5 million arts patrons and 2.7 million students in 31 states and 16 countries on five continents. The performances included two Olympics (1996 & 2012), in the nation’s most prestigious venues (Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Broadway, and Jacob’s Pillow), and for luminaries such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and South African President Nelson Mandela. Since the pandemic started in 2020, DBDT performances have been viewed virtually in 33 countries. The Company has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as an American Masterpiece Touring Artist (2008) and received the Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Arts Education (2017).  

About Publick Playhouse

Since 1947, the historic Playhouse continues to serve as a popular venue for music and modern dance, musical theater, historical drama, educational programs and monthly events for seniors. With its ornate sky scene and plush seating for 494, the theatre is one of the two surviving Art Deco theatres in Prince George’s County. To learn more, visit

About the Department

The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit and stay connected on FacebookTwitterPhotoShelter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.