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Denton City Contemporary Ballet (DCCB) was founded in 1989 by its Artistic Director, Lisa Racina-Torre. The company consists of 18 full company dancers, as well as 30 dancers in DCCB 2, and is a Texas 501 (C) 3 tax exempt corporation. Annual auditions are held each year at DDC open to ages 11 and up for those DDC dancers who want to pursue a pre-professional training route. The goals of DCCB are community enrichment, youth outreach, and professional development. It is with these goals in mind that the company sponsors the Annual COLLAGE Denton Dance Festival held each spring in downtown Denton’s historic district at the Campus Theatre bringing together guest choreographers, companies, and artists to the stage along with the dancers in DCCB.
DCCB also sponsors and provides the lead roles in the annual “A Gift for Emma” production. Bringing together professionals and young dancers on the same stage, this production provides a wonderful vehicle for training dancers, as well as entertaining the whole family with worthwhile themes of aspiring to become the best at something, working hard to achieve that goal, and finally, giving back to others the gifts that have been given.
In addition, the Denton City Contemporary Ballet also brings to the stage the beloved narrated story of “Peter and the Wolf,” as well as “Carnival of the Animals,” every other year. DCCB also sponsors the Denton City Contemporary Ballet Summer Study Scholarship given out annually through the Dance Council of North Texas every February. Over the past 25 years, the company’s Community Master Class Series has brought such world re-knowned teachers as Thom Clower, James Clouser, Olga Pavlova, Comfort Fedoke, Chris Koehl, Michele Gifford, and many more, to share their talents with the Denton dance community.