Shades of Black

Join the South Dallas Cultural Center and our partners as we celebrate Black History Month with our third annual Shades of Black program. We will present five works by talented arts professionals as we commemorate a range of Black experiences through the fluidity and power of movement and sound. We invite the community to come and enjoy a selection of dance, spoken word, and music in this 3-hour showcase.


Powered by SWAN STRINGS a 501c3 non-profit music program with a mission to provide free music education, community concerts and sound therapy services to North Texas individuals without access. Swan Strings received its 501c3 status in 2019. The Founding Director, JESS GARLAND is a Dallas-based singer-songwriter, recording, performing artist and Executive Director at Girls Rock Dallas.

THE AFRICAN VILLAGE DRUMMING are a collective of drum enthusiasts learning the traditions of West African culture expressed through the art of Djembe drumming. The variety of rhythms played stem from years of experience led by the profound S’Ankh Rasa.


BECKLES DANCING COMPANY provides a platform where performers and audiences of all ages are inspired to celebrate the techniques, creative powers and fusion of dance movement.

OS MALANDROS DE MESTRE TOURO was founded by Mestre Preto Velho as a means to empower his community through the art of Capoeira. More than just a means of self-defense, it is a method of cultural connection. The group has been holding classes in the Dallas metroplex since 1997 and is open to everyone interested in growing in the art of Capoeira.

Spoken Word

LAURA NEALis a Black, Dallas-based poet, greatly influenced by social and environmental narratives. Her recent exhibit, The South Dallas Cento, is a video poem inspired by her time as a Juanita J. Craft Artist-in-Residence. The South Dallas Cento is a collaborative project between poet Laura Neal and the community of South Dallas.

When: Friday, February 9

Where: South Dallas Cultural Center

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

This event is free with registration.