Dallas Arts District is proud to announce the 2019 Keynote Artist/Speaker for the Annual Community Breakfast, November 20, 2019, Belo Mansion and Pavilion. With his technical virtuosity and statuesque expressive demeanor, Desmond Richardson is hailed by the New York Times as “one of the greatest dancers of all time.”
In addition, he spans the realms of Broadway, film, and television. Raised in Laurelton, Queens NY began his formal dance training at the High School of The Performing Arts, now Laquardia High School of Art and the Performing Arts, The Alvin Ailey School and The Sommer Academie des tanz Köln, Germany. He was the first African American principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre and is Co-Artistic Director with master choreographer Dwight Rhoden of the internationally acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet, now celebrating its 25th year. He received a Tony Award nomination for his role in the Broadway original cast of Fosse, played the principal character of Tony in Twyla Tharp’s Broadway production Movin’ Out, made his Broadway singing debut in the Burt Bacharach/Hal David-Ann Reinking/Scott Ellis production The Look Of Love and was a standout in recent Tony Award winning After Midnight. He graced the January 2016 cover of Dance Teacher Magazine.