Recognition of Mrs. Ann M. Williamsby Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson
Posted on 2014-01-10
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 10, 2014
Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in
recognition of Mrs. Ann M. Williams, Founder and Artistic Director of
the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Mrs. Williams will retire this May
after 38 years of dedication to the performing arts community in
Mrs. Williams has a highly decorated career in the arts. She holds a Master of Arts degree and Related Arts from Texas Woman's University and was inducted into the Texas Women's hall of fame in 2002. Among her various accolades, she was honored at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as a part of the Masters of African-American Choreography series in 2005.
Mrs. Williams had the vision to create a diverse and community- oriented dance institution with a strong emphasis toward the African- American community. Over several decades, Mrs. Williams built the Dallas Black Dance Theatre from the ground up, growing it to become one of the most well-known Dallas-based nonprofits. It has garnered recognition from the City of Dallas, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre is the oldest continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas and is host to a multi-ethnic troupe of dancers who specialize in contemporary modern dance. Since its founding in 1976, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre has brought cultural and artistic value to millions of people throughout 30 states and 14 different countries such as Great Britain, Japan, and Canada.
Mr. Speaker, under Mrs. Williams' direction, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre has become an invaluable addition to the Dallas arts community. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre has contributed greatly to the revitalization of downtown Dallas by bringing added educational and artistic capital to the area. I would like to recognize Mrs. Williams for her contributions and I join my constituents in wishing her a fruitful and fulfilling retirement.