Dallas troupe hopes to attend Olympics arts event

July 3, 2012 5:34:13 AM PDT
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre is rushing to raise money so it can perform at a festival that serves as the official artistic arm of the Olympics.

The troupe was invited in April to perform in at the Cultural Olympiad in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Aug. 15-19.

The troupe's executive director, Zenetta Drew, tells The Dallas Morning News, "This is an honor, it's an opportunity to be recognized on a world stage, but it's also an investment in the future of our organization."

The estimated cost to send 11 dancers and four administrators to the United Kingdom is $200,000.

The money wasn't available in the group's general fund, so supporters have been trying to raise the money through private and corporate donations. About half the goal remains.