City Ballet, Teacher of Generations of Dallas Dancers, Is Forced to Close Because of a Rent Increase

City Ballet has been a fixture in the Dallas arts scene for 69 years. But its director said Thursday that the company closed June 20 because of a more-than-100-percent rent increase at its Lovers Lane property that made staying there prohibitive. Long regarded as an institution in local dance, City Ballet has trained generations of dancers, many of whom ascended to professional companies. It has occupied the same building across Lovers from the Inwood Theatre for 19 years and been in the neighborhood even longer. Evelyn Brown Johnson took over the business from her mother, Denise Brown, who died in 2011. In 2009, The Dallas Morning News profiled Brown, who had an amazing life story. She had concealed for most of her adult life the fact that she was Jewish, when, in fact, she was a victim of the Holocaust, whose father was murdered at the Auschwitz death camp.  Continue reading...

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