The folks with the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture and the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre helped connect students with African American culture for Black History Month.

To celebrate African American heritage, the well-known dance company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre made its way to Wichita Falls.

“We’re celebrating our 42nd season so being here in Wichita Falls I believe for the first time is very exciting,” Dallas Black Dance Theatre Artistic Director Melissa Young said.

Their first stop was Rider High school.

Dance students like Paige Martinez and Tanaya King saw first-hand what life could be if they follow their dreams.

“Honestly it just shows that there are bigger opportunities out there,” Martinez said. 

“It inspires you that even coming from a small town you can evolve [grow],” King added.

That is just one of the many things Young hoped the students would learn.

“It’s wonderful to share with the community and share about our legacy, our rich history and not only to entertain the audience but to educate them and just open up a whole new world of possibilities for them,” Young said. 

Because of this, Rider High School Dance teacher Peyton Peterson said she was immediately on board for the dance company to perform for her class.

“It was really important for the kids to see the connection between what we are learning in class and what happens on stage,” Peterson said.

As a predominantly African American dance company, built for minorities more than decades ago, it felt fitting to showcase West African culture in their performances, an addition that everyone enjoyed.

“It was just a great experience overall,” Martinez said. “It makes me want to be a part of it., I was sitting there and I was like ok I want to be up on stage doing this.”

Both king and Martinez are hoping to see the full performances while the company is in town

DBDT will be performing at Fain Fine arts over at MSU Friday night and Saturday.

Tickets will also be on sale at the door or follow this link.

MSU student tickets are $10 with proof of ID, and general public tickets are $20.