Dallas Dancers Going to 2012 Cultural Olympiad

Dallas Black Dance Theatre only performing arts group in Texas invited

A group of performing artists from Dallas will represent Texas at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The dancers at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre are practicing to make history -- again.

"I can't believe it," said Richard A. Freeman Jr., a dancer with the company.

He and others will be going to Edinburgh, Scotland, to perform in 2012 London Festival, the Cultural Olympiad's finale.

"It should be a ball," Freeman said. "[I have] never been there; my first time," Freeman said. "I can't wait. I can't wait to get there."

The London 2012 Festival features more than 12,000 events and performances across the United Kingdom. The festival opened June 21 and ends Sept. 9.

The 2012 Cultural Olympiad has been featuring arts and cultural programs since 2008.

DBDT will perform modern ballet during seven concerts starting in two weeks.

Like any Olympic athlete, they are feeling the pressure to be their best.

"We want to jump our best, do our lifts the best, get our legs the highest as we can," dancer Katricia Eaglin said. "We just want to be on our 'A' game so we can represent."

This isn't the first time the 35-year-old dance company been chosen to go to a Cultural Olympiad. It was tapped in 1996 -- the only arts organization in Texas to have the honor.

Now, the DBDT will be the first to go twice.

"To do it twice is really amazing," said Ann Williams, DBDT founder.

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