Denton City Contemporary Ballet (DCCB) was founded in 1989 by its Artistic Director, Lisa Racina. The company consists of 20 dancers (male and female) and is a Texas 501 C3 tax exempt corporation. The goals of DCCB are community enrichment, youth outreach, and professional development. It is with these goals in mind that the company sponsors the Annual Collage Dance Festival held each spring in downtown Denton’s historic district at the Campus Theatre bringing together guest choreographers, companies, and artists to the stage along with the dancers in DCCB.
This company also sponsors and provides the lead roles in the annual “A Gift for Emma” production. Bringing together professionals and young dancers on the same stage, this production provides a wonderful vehicle for training dancers, as well as entertaining the whole family with worthwhile themes of aspiring to become the best at something, working hard to achieve that goal, and finally, giving back to others the gifts that have been given.
In addition to the Collage Dance Festival and “A Gift for Emma,” the Denton City Contemporary Ballet also sponsors the Denton City Contemporary Ballet Summer Study Scholarship given out annually through an audition in February.
DCCB also sponsors the Community Master Class Series, an open-to-the-community event, in which world reknown dancers instructors teach specialty classes in their area of expertise to Denton dancers and beyond! Such respectable master teachers as James Clouser, Thom Clower, Comfort Fedoke, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Janice LaPointe Krump, Stephanie Rand, Lesley Snelson-Figueroa, Arlene Sugano, Nathan Trice, and more have honored the Conservatory’s studios through the Master Class Series!
Artistic Director, Lisa Racina
is entering her 22nd year of teaching dance, all levels, serving as Ballet-Mistress at Denton Dance Conservatory for intermediate, advanced and pre-professional dancers, as well as Artistic Director/choreographer for Denton Youth City Ballet, the studio’s performing company and Denton City Contemporary Ballet, the Conservatory’s affiliate non-profit dance company. Ms. Racina-Torre holds a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, has served on the summer faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan in 1993 and 1995, has served as an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at the University of North Texas, and has performed, taught and choreographed professionally for schools and companies throughout the United States. Her dancers have been accepted at numerous prestigious university dance programs as well as summer dance programs throughout the country.
Executive Board Chair, Ms. Deborah Jacobs