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Cultural awareness through music, dance

Special to The Dallas Examiner | 2/15/2016, 2:43 a.m.
Internationally renowned choreographers, Bridget L. Moore and Katricia Eaglin, will premier their work during The Dallas Black Dance Theater’s annual ...
From left: DBDT Dancers, Choreographer Katricia Eaglin and Choreographer Bridget L. Moore The Dallas Examiner graphic

Special to The Dallas Examiner

Internationally renowned choreographers, Bridget L. Moore and Katricia Eaglin, will premier their work during The Dallas Black Dance Theater’s annual Cultural Awareness Series. The series will be held Feb. 19 through 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. There will also be a Sunday matinee performance on Feb. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Both choreographers grew up in Dallas. While Moore has choreographed a world premiere performance, Eaglin has choreographed a Dallas premiere for the dance series.

Moore is used to crisscrossing the globe enjoying the ability to work in the field of her passion – dance – between being a visiting professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, creating a new dance work for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Dayton, Ohio, and choreographing a world premiere for DBDT.

Moore said that seeing the dance company inspired her in elementary school.

“Dallas Black Dance Theatre came to my elementary school once a week for a short period of time through an arts and education program. It was my first time ever moving in a dance class and I believe the exposure sparked my curiosity,” Moore explained.

Shee later auditioned for the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was accepted in the music department as a pianist and eventually switched clusters to start training in dance. Bridget went on to earn a MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

Moore has toured professionally with Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE, A Dance Company, in New York City. She later returned to Dallas to teach at her alma mater Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. DBDT gave Moore her first opportunity to choreograph a dance.

Moore is a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship Award. She was nominated by DBDT Founder Ann Williams.

“I … received a choreography fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation in 2012. It was an honor to be acknowledged with this prestigious award, but it was equally an honor to work with a critically acclaimed company such as Dallas Black Dance Theatre,” Moore said. “I set my first work on the company titled, ‘Southern Recollection: For Romare Bearden.’”

Bridget L. Moore created a world premiere titled “Unearthed” for DBDT. “Unearthed is a creative protest against violence and racism in America. The iconic song, Strange Fruit, is also a protest song against the inhumanity of racism,” Ms. Moore explained. “Abel Meeropol originally wrote it as a poem, after seeing a photograph of a lynching. The song first gained its notoriety through Billie Holiday.”

On Thursday evenings you will find Eaglin, an American Ballet Theatre certified instructor, at the DBDT Academy working with the 14 students in the Allegro ensemble. She is the director of the teen-performing group that gives about 10 performances a year in the community. The academy, the official school of DBDT, trains students from age 14 to 18 from Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Lake Dallas, Plano and Garland. The ensemble recently performed in Denver, Colorado, at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference.