Providing a platform where performers and audiences of all ages are inspired to celebrate the techniques, creative powers and fusion of dance movement.
A world where the primary impulse to move is honored and nurtured.
ARGA NOVA DANCE / Beckles Dancing Company
Beckles Dancing Company was founded in May 1995 by André R. George, the gifted dancer, teacher and choreographer whose career spanned the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. The ensemble was formed as nova … dancers’ company! with twelve dancers and gave its debut at the Theatre on Elm Street (ToES) in Dallas, TX in November that year.
After Mr. George’s death the following year, Mr. Beckles assumed the leadership of the company and calling it Nova Dancing Company. As of 1 April 2004, the company is called Beckles Dancing Company!
This is a cosmetic change, as the legal name has been, and will remain, ARGA NOVA DANCE. The new name reflected the fiftieth birthday of Artistic Director, Loris Anthony Beckles; his survival for five years past a major health crisis; and the honoring of his family name.
Since 1995, BDC has presented dance concerts to diverse Texas audiences. The company has danced in various venues, including the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas Public Library, HCC Central in Houston and the Carpenter Arts Center in Irving. We have been the guest of Momentum Dance Company, Real Women Dancing in Nacogdoches TX, Contemporary Dance/Forth Worth and the Houston Black Dance Festival. BDC has also appeared in Austin.
ANDRÉ R. GEORGE ASSOCIATION (ARGA)
The André R. George Association was founded in 1997 to support and promote dance and related Arts and Issues. It presents dance companies, festivals, lectures, etc. that build community and understanding. ARGA is dedicated to the memory of André R. George, the gifted dancer, teacher and choreographer and founder of Beckles Dancing Company.
His company, Beckles Dancing Company, gives regular performances in Dallas and other parts of Texas. In the summer of 2005, he restaged Suite Beauty, Parts I and II, and did a new work, SR70II, in Trinidad, W. I. In the spring of 2006 he choreographed Dive Slow Resurface on the Momentum Dance Company (MDC) in Irving TX. 2008 brought Spring from The Four Seasons to the Vivaldi music. 2011 he choreographed Shut Blue Hey on MDC, with Second Movement (Ravel/Herbie Hancock) and Headlong (John Adams) in 2015.
His latest work Benchmarks, includes longtime company members Tina Mullone And Lela Bell Wesley in Claret Tango. Other special works are A Meditation, which was created on Layla Brent and Jared Brown. They are working with Oklahoma City Ballet and The Juilliard School, respectively, since autumn 2016.
Loris Anthony Beckles
Guyana, South America
Loris has studied ballet, modern dance, jazz and a taste of African dance; performed with lots of companies including the Syracuse Ballet Theater, Capitol Ballet, Eleo Pomare Dance Company, Joan Miller Dance Players and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (now Ailey II). He has taught in the U.S., the Caribbean and in Europe; and choreographed just about wherever he stayed long enough.
Lela Bell Wesley
Lela Bell Wesley is originally from London, England and grew up in Beaumont, Texas, where she trained at Marsha Woody Dance Academy. She has worked as a professional dancer and choreographer. In addition to being with Beckles Dancing Company for over twenty years, Lela Bell Wesley has appeared in operas, film, and commercials. She loves God, her family, and the gift of dance. She also holds a BA in Psychology, an MS in Counseling, and has received Masters work in educational leadership.
A longtime member of BDC
Dedra Brent is a native of Dallas, TX. She graduated high school from Ursuline Academy and received her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Dallas. She has had a career in corporate America and is currently an independent contractor in sales and as an administrative assistant.
Dedra comes from a family of artists and was a musician herself. This love of the arts led to introducing her daughters Lacy Brent and Layla Brent-Tompkins, current members of Beckles Dancing Company, to the world of dance.
Dedra is the current Managing Director of Beckles Dancing Company and of the (ML) Sweatt Dallas Dance Festival.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Opportunity to serve in the growth of ARGA NOVA DANCE
The Board of Trustees for ARGA NOVA DANCE is the governing body of the organization. Trustees are charged with promoting and supporting the activities of the organization.
The functions of the Board of Trustees, as set forth in our bylaws, are to set long-range, strategic plans, hire and supervise staff, and set the annual budget.
The Board of Trustees meets every month, with committees meeting as necessary. Board members are asked to serve on at least one committee. Each member is expected to contribute or acquire monetary donations for the organization annually.
Interested in serving?
2 ways to apply:
1. Online: Fill out the application below,
and email your resumé.
2. By Mail: ARGA NOVA DANCE
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75219
ARGA NOVA DANCE
Board of Trustees
Loris Anthony Beckles
Jacinta Camacho Kaplan
Tiffani Furlough Rogers
Helena L. Banks
Kamyar P. Kadivar
Karen Bower Robinson
Mary Lois Sweatt