Born in Texas and raised in Houston’s Fifth Ward, Decee Cornish joined the military and served over a decade, traveling and attending colleges and universities worldwide. In the process, he experienced different cultures and learned their stories. Decee began to tell stories to disadvantaged and at-risk children at a non-profit youth facility, using stories to teach and motivate. He continued his work through the I have A Dream Foundation and the Stop the Violence campaign. In 2004 the President's Commission on the Arts and the Humanities recognized his work with the "Coming Up Taller" award to the Creative Solutions Summer Program. For over 17 years, Decee has told stories and entertained nationally. Programs include: "Fun and Adventures with Decee"- A fun, informative, and entertaining program about the folklore, stories, and cultures of people from around the globe; "Great People of Color," a secondary school program that shares stories of great men and women of color in world culture; special event/curriculum-related programming for Texas history, the Civil War, mythology, US history, tall tales, Black history, festivals, PTAs, traditional and non-traditional holiday events.
118 Beach Mountain Cove
Georgetown, TX 78633
public performance/concert $300 - $500
school performance $300 - $700
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Founded in 1976 by Ann Williams, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence. In 2014, DBDT celebrated its 37th season as Dallas’ oldest continuously operating professional dance company. The company consists of 12 professional full-time dancers performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic, and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. Annually, DBDT performs for over 100,000 arts patrons, including children. DBDT will tour a mixed repertory of classic and contemporary modern works by choreographers Alvin Ailey, Elisa Monte, Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Bridget L. Moore, Rennie Harris, and others. Among its repertory is the historical ballet "Nina," depicting the life and music of Nina Simone choreographed by Dianne McIntyre; a hip hop ballet choreographed by Rennie Harris; and "Vespers" by Ulysses Dove. DBDT II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s second company consists of 8 young, volunteer dancers performing for local and regional audiences with a diverse repertory of contemporary modern works. Photo: Steven Ray.
PO Box 131290
Dallas, TX 75313
public performance/concert $8000 - $15000
school performance $3000 - $5000
optional service lecture demonstrations $1500 - $3000
optional service master class $250 - $500
Dallas Children's Theater
Dallas Children’s Theater has been named one of the top five professional theaters for youth and families in the United States by both American Theater and Time magazines. Now in its 31st season, DCT continues its mission to produce quality theater designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind, and promote education. The acclaimed national touring company now travels internationally with large-scale productions featuring titles which reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythologies, and folktales. Study guides and curriculum-based workshops accompany every production. For the 2014-2015 season, DCT will tour "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," based on the popular book. Under consideration for 2015-2016 is "James and the Giant Peach." Out of Roald Dahl's incredible imagination (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) comes an amazing adventure of a boy and his fantastical friends. When a bag of magical "mysterious things" super-sizes a peach and a group of bugs, James begins a journey across the ocean that will happily change his life forever.
5938 Skillman Street
Dallas, TX 75231
public performance/concert $7500 - $14000
school performance $7500 - $30000
Dance of Asian America
Dance of Asian America is dedicated to promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dance. Their repertoire is continually updated with the most recent award-winning choreography from China. Artists include DAA’s amazing local dancers as well nationally recognized and award-winning guests from China. Professionals will work with the requesting agency to determine the most appropriate program from the then-current list of works. Chinese music (CD) and authentic costumes are included with each performance. DAA reaches over 35,000 people annually. DAA promises a program that will be high caliber, entertaining, culturally educational, and professional. Many factors will help determine the program such as the size of the stage, target audience, event purpose, and budget. Educational programs will include hands-on participation and shorter pieces to engage young audiences; large productions will include full-length pieces. Both will explore the 56 ethnic groups of China through high caliber dance.
9889 Bellaire Blvd. C-335
Houston, TX 77036
public performance/concert $650 - $10000
school performance $450 - $5000
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The company's newest branch—based in North Texas and lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine “25 to Watch” breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as “the area’s most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the "Best Dance Company" of 2015 by D Magazine. The young company has been praised as “frequently stunning, and always fascinating” (DFW.com) and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, in Germany, and in New York, among others. The company’s repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Fabio Liberti and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience. Photo by Sharen Bradford
Joshua L. Peugh
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. #29
Dallas, TX 75219
public performance/concert $2000 - $15000
school performance $300 - $1160
Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music. They have been described as a "cross between Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen," or a "Latinized Allman Brothers Band." Their shows consist of passionate material including fresh-faced flamenco, many originals, classics given a new coat of paint, and jamming with the enthusiasm of a band that is comfortable together, but years away from feeling tired. They have received numerous awards, and their music has appeared in a dozen major films and TV shows. Del Castillo can tour as a full-blown electric band, or as a somewhat stripped- down acoustic band. They can offer workshops in guitar playing, songwriting, and percussion.
6618 Wolfcreek Pass
Austin, TX 78749
public performance/concert $3500 - $10000
school performance $800 - $2000
The Derailers are an American country music band based in Austin and were founded in 1994. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos have been one of the band’s primary influences from the beginning, along with legends such as George Jones, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Charlie Rich, and the Beatles. In a career that has given rise to more than a decade’s worth of fine-tuned, highly anticipated, and wonderfully received music, the Derailers continue to build the relationship between song, listener, and dance floor. The Derailers tour all across the United States, but mostly in Texas, performing a mix of well-crafted original songs and thoughtfully chosen cover songs. The band describes their sound as mirroring the shuffle of happy boots on a hardwood floor. They have fed the hungry dancehall crowds with their classic country beats and a 60's pop sensibility. Fans continue to show their appreciation and admiration with requests for encores.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2500 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.
1801 Lavaca Street, Suite 111
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $2500 - $8000
school performance $2500 - $8000
When Amber Digby sings, people listen. "Amber is a great traditional singer," says Vince Gill, who knows whereof he speaks, and like his following observation, "which is so hard to find these days," it's just the simple truth. Amber was raised in Nashville by parents who have been in country music for decades. Amber realized her dreams of becoming a country music singer at the age of three. She recorded her first album in 2002 and she has created an overwhelming base of fans from all over the world. Amber Digby and her band Midnight Flyer tour regularly as an American country and honky tonk band that is breaking ground in modern country music. While Amber has toured internationally, playing at festivals in Sweden, Australia, Norway, and France, she also has the Grand Ole Opry to her credit. Amber Digby has released 10 albums of songs she has written or co-written with Country Music Hall of Fame legend Vince Gill, Dale Dodson, and Odie Blackmon.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $2000 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
State Artist Dornith Doherty
Dornith Doherty, 2016 Texas State Visual Artist in 2-D work, is inspired by the expressive possibilities of photography. Her work explores the ever more complex relationship between the natural environment and human agency through projects focusing on landscape stewardship and genetic resource preservation. Wide ranging travel to work in collaboration with biologists and institutions has resulted in an extensive body of work, Archiving Eden. A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior. Her work has been extensively shown and collected, both nationally and internationally.
Storytelling and Pueblo singing were a way of life in Eldrena Douma's upbringing. During everyday activities family and friends shared pueblo stories, songs, and family history including the humorous and serious personal stories that life brought. Reflecting back, Eldrena realized that listening to story allowed her to strengthen and stimulate the use of her imagination and creativity. Stories helped her at an early age to develop her use of vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure while teaching core values. The traditional songs gave her an appreciation of all music and songwriting along with the crafting of traditional instruments. As a professional storyteller and educator, Eldrena offers captivating stories of American Indian folklore, a varity of recorded music, and history titled "The People, Their Stories and Songs." A workshop titled "Imagineering" will focus on imagination, listening, and story crafting using quick creative thinking to develop a story. Eldrena also offers a lecture titled "Nampeyo & Lesou, Their Family Stories, and Their Legacy." Nampeyo is known in the art & history world for the revival of Hopi pottery and is Eldrena's great-grandmother. Photo: Katy Pair.
1420 4th Avenue, Suite #20
Canyon, TX 79015
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $150 - $1000
optional service lecture $500 - $1000
For almost 20 years, Donna Ingham has taken the ancient art of storytelling and given it a Texas twist. A college English professor in her former life and the author of six books, she creates finely crafted stories from history, folklore, and her own personal experiences. And although she did not set out to be a liar, she has been named the Biggest Liar in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and, yes, the whole state of Texas. Her stories reflect her native roots in the Lone Star State, and she chooses appropriate tales for all ages and stages. Donna will continue to expand her "Tall Tales and True" touring program, adding original lies that have now won her seven titles as the "Biggest Liar in Austin" and other stories that reflect the humor, history, and traditional folklore of the Lone Star State. She has begun to complement the stories with music as well. A flexible well-received program for all ages, it allows for multicultural elements and geographic scope.
1025 Coventry Road
Spicewood, TX 78669
public performance/concert $600 - $1200
school performance $450 - $900
optional service festivals $1500 - $3000
optional service after-dinner speaking $500 - $1000
Don Sanders is a singer, songwriter, storyteller, recording artist, and novelist. Following early recognition as a recording artist, Don turned towards theater, acting, translating plays (Spanish to English), and creating one-man shows. He currently performs for schools, theaters, and festivals. An honorary board member of Kerrville Music Festival, he helped establish listener-sponsored KPFT radio, and has served on the board of Tejas Storytelling Association. "Cancionero," a coming of age novel, "Bayou Song," recorded and released by Lyle Lovett, and the CD release of "Tourist Revisited" are among recent achievements. “Wrenching Changes," a stage memoir, is next up. Touring offerings for children include: Sing & Move (interactive songs & rhymes for younger students); Cuentos y canciones (Latin American folktales & folksongs, bilingual); Sourdough Cowboy (authentic stories & songs of the cowboys); Siempre Listo, and Ever Clever (more Latin American lore, bilingual). For adults, Don can perform Wrenching Changes: life in the performing arts (a one man show of story and song).
1128 Cortlandt St.
Houston, TX 77008
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $1000 - $1500
optional service one-day teacher workshop $1000 - $1500
optional service one-week residency $2500 - $2500
Dale Watson is a country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. Watson is an American country/Texas country singer, guitarist, songwriter, and self-published author based in Austin. He coined "Ameripolitan" as a new genre of original music and has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who is interested in recording authentic country music. Doing just this, he has become a favorite of critics and alt-country fans, achieving national and international critical acclaim and receiving constant demand for appearances. Dale Watson tours fronting his band, the Lonestars, performing Watson’s original songs consisting of classic honky tonk, country and Western music that he best describes as "Ameripolitan." Watson tours all over the country, but can be found playing regularly at his Monday night residence at the Continental Club. He is also a regular performer at the Grand Ole Opry.
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX 78735
public performance/concert $3000 - $5000
school performance $2500 - $3500
After 30 years of teaching, primarily in the speech/theater field, Dru entered the world of storytelling to educate, enrich, and entertain. She entwines music, puppetry, enthusiasm, energy, and story to create a memorable experience. Folktales, fractured fairy tales, historical stories, character-based stories, and original stories comprise a program that is adaptable for all ages. The presentations align with TEKS requirements in several subject areas. The keyboard, ukulele, pipe, didgeridoo, and rhythm instruments--coupled with puppets and audience participation--add atmosphere to each selection. Dru has presented in schools, libraries, hospitals, churches, and festivals. Touring offerings include: Texas Tales– a collection of tales, along with Texas facts, that have been “Texas-ized” to create a learning, entertaining experience; Folk Tales from Around the World- visits different cultures observing how traditions and morals are taught through indigenous tales and music; Animals Adapt- includes stories and scientific concepts of adaptation to nature by animals; Stories Your History Teacher Never Told You and Bullies Are Brats - programs that teach import lessons; Hooray for Heroes - explores character traits of heroes. Music and puppets accompany all programs.
2105 Holly Trail East
Holly Lake Ranch, TX 75765
public performance/concert $150 - $500
school performance $150 - $400