Now in its 31st season, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company (DTSBDC) is a culturally diverse company that performs dances that uplift, inspire, and bring new insights to seasoned dance lovers and new audiences alike in Washington, DC, around the United States, and the world. DTSBDC creates and performs modern dances that explore the idea of cultural and artistic confluence—the flowing together of diverse perspectives, histories, and traditions that results in shared audience understanding. The Washington Post says of the company, “not only a Washington prize, but a national dance treasure.” DTSBDC makes all its programs ADA accessible and at free or reduced pricing.
DTSBDC is a leader in the national movement to collaborate with and perform at visual arts museums as well as theaters. In 2015, DTSBDC was named the Smithsonian Institution’s first-ever resident dance company. This year the company begins a series of new residencies including a yearlong “social impact” residency at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. DTSBDC has a long history of artistic collaborations and partnerships with other organizations including: NASA, the U.S. State Department, National Gallery of Art, the Kreeger Museum, the Mayor’s Office of Asian Pacific Islander Americans, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and more. DTSBDC has been presented at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, Arena Stage, the United Nations, La MaMa, the Asia Society, the Korean Cultural Center, as well as at the White House at the invitation of President and First Lady Michelle Obama.
As a U.S. State Department cultural envoy, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company has toured extensively both nationally and internationally to 5 continents and over 30 countries including Egypt, Israel, South Korea, China, India, Mongolia, Venezuela, Germany, Latvia, Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, Peru, Cambodia, the British Virgin Islands, and Suriname to name a few.