Company won recognition for its programs offering minority dancers
and choreographers the opportunity to develop their talents in a creative
environment. Its repertoire featured works of emerging African-American
choreographers, such as Gary DeLoatch, Rick Odums, Walter Rutledge,
Otis Sallid, Bill Scott and Marla Bingham, as well as renowned dance
artists such as Talley Beatty, Fred Benjamin, Louis Johnson, George
Faison and Dianne McIntyre.
The NBCDT was disbanded after Nanette Bearden passed away in
1996. In 2004 her sister, Sheila
Rohan, also a noted dancer, choreographer and instructor, revived
the Company with an exciting work-in-progress entitled "On The
Block (after Bearden)".
The piece, choreographed by Associate Artistic Director Walter
Rutledge, was inspired by Nanette's husband Romare Bearden's famous
work, The Block, a six-panel collage celebrating a Harlem neighborhood.
About the Company
The artists comprising the NBCDT, ranging in age and technique, have
expertise in dance, theater, spoken word and music. Using dance as
the primary medium, these art forms are incorporated together to create
performances that appeal to a broad audience.
A primary focus of the NBCDT is developing a school to train young
students in multidisciplinary techniques, including dance, acting,
art, music and technical theater. An after-school educational component,
including mentoring, tutoring and health education, is planned for
· Outreach Program
Brings the art of dance to underserved audiences who do not normally
have access to this art form, NBCDT offers dance performances, exercise
& wellness classes and dance theater workshops to schools, community
centers, hospitals, churches and cultural facilities.
· Dance School
Provides professional training to students of all ages, classes include
Ballet, Modern Dance, Ethnic Dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, as well as Theater
Arts, Technical Theater, Art Appreciation and Music Theory.
· Dance Concert Series
The NBCDT currently offers a work-in-progress, "On The Block
(after Bearden)", to schools, colleges and theaters across the
United States. Accompanying the performance are technique classes,
lecture demonstrations, and dance theater workshops.
· Theater Presentations
As part of its endeavor to bring meaningful art into the community,
the NBCDT sponsors and presents plays, readings and spoken word performances,
with a focus on works by artists of color.