DCDC's Outreach and Education Philosophy
The world-class Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is committed to providing quality arts education experiences in all of its outreach and education initiatives.
We are concerned with the total human being: the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional make–up of each student. The development of physical prowess is just one aspect of the complete picture of arts instruction. With an immersion in the discipline of dance, powers of concentration are strengthened, observations become acute and reflexes are sharpened. Our goal is to integrate arts instruction as a dynamic component of the standard educational curriculum; study of the arts complements and supports a myriad of educational outcomes, as well as molds the students’ self-esteem, discipline and character.
The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company strives to create an atmosphere of dedication to the pursuit of excellence and pride in the ARTS.
Teaching, Learning, & Caring (TLC)
OUTREACH & EDUCATION PROGRAMS
All of these programs can be customized to fit your community and education needs.
DCDC is adept at working with audiences of all ages and skill levels.
A repertory concert showcasing works by established and emerging choreographers. Ranging from 75-90minutes in length.
A repertory concert showcasing works by established and emerging choreographers. Ranging from 30-60 minutes in length.
These performances are specifically for youngsters with full costumes and lighting, providing children with a theatre experience. Performances are one hour in length.
Is designed for adults and children of all ages. Audiences learn creative movement with the DCDC dancers on stage, sing songs, hear stories related to the performance theme in a family-friendly environment, plus see a full-length ballet. Ranging from 75-90 minutes in length.
This demonstration is suitable for all ages. A specifically choreographed performance designed for school venues. The presentation includes an educational component, a performance and a question/answer session. A lecture demonstration is typically 45 minutes in length.
These technique classes taught on various levels from beginning to advanced in ballet, modern,jazz,tap, hip hop, and liturgical. Ranging from 60-90 minutes in length.
Repertory Master Classes
A technique class which includes the teaching of excerpts from DCDC's repertory. This class is ideal for college and university dance departments, local dance schools and dance companies. Classes range from 60-90 minutes in length.
Liturgical Dance Workshops
Designed to explore movement and dance in a religious and spiritual context. This workshop Includes discussions and choreographic exercises. These workshops are 2-3 hours in length.
This workshop is an introductory to dance that includes an information session, a participatory session and a movement presentation. This workshop is ideal for community centers, churches, daycare centers and after school programs. The workshop is 90-120 minutes in length.
Creative Movement Classes
These classes are taught by DCDC dancers for dance enthusiast who have never taken a dance class. Available for different age groups. Typically 30-60 minutes in length.
Is an intensive program that ranges from 4 hours to 2 weeks in length and taught by DCDC dancers. This customized program includes technique, composition, and repertory classes, culminating in a student presentation.
Residencies are customized workshops. Activities may include a master class, career lectures, a performance and a lecture demonstration. Short and long-term residencies are available.
Dancers speak about their careers as dancers, teachers and choreographers. Visual aids, such as videotape, costumes, posters and photos may be used during the presentation. Ranging in length from 30-45 minutes.
Assist educators with integrating dance and creative movement into classroom curricula and presenting dance in the classroom setting.
Pre and/or Post Performance Talks
Informal discussions designed to engage the audience in dialogue with DCDC dancers and artistic Staff before and after a performance.
Dancing to the Curriculum Its focus is integrating art across the curriculum through staff development. The goal of the program is to improve student achievement by assisting teachers to be able to incorporate fine arts experiences in lesson plans. This program targets student achievement and teacher awareness of the value of kinesthetic learning. This multi-week arts integration residency is highlighted by DCDC's collaboration with school districts to target curriculum skill sets in support of Ohio Academic Standards. DCDC engages teachers of selected classes in a dynamic staff development training session incorporating arts integration into their lesson plans. Weekly classroom instruction engages all students of selected classes in lively, unexpected exploration of traditionally staid concepts and culminates with a lecture demonstration before the entire student body.
Steps on the Stairs - is a collaboration between DCDC, the Ohio Historical Society and Dayton History. It provides students with an exciting educational opportunity to visit the home of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Students are brought to the home not as traditional guests or tourists, but as active participants in the integration of dance into their standard curriculum. This on-site almost full day workshop enriches the students in the core concepts of History, Language Arts, and Literature through dance and the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. The students will participate in a language arts session, a creative movement session and a guided tour of the Dunbar House. During lunch, the students will have a Q & A time with the DCDC dancers. Then, the workshop culminates with DCDC performing excerpts from Lyric Fire, a ballet choreographed by Dianne McIntyre. Lyric Fire is more than a dance piece; it is a profound look into the life, times and culture of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Steps on the Stairs is specifically packaged to deepen the students' understanding of academic content. Suitable for all ages.
Building Blocks to Dance - is a fun-filled interactive 30 - 45 minute classroom workshop designed to introduce pre-school age children to creative movement dance. Through the use of nursery rhymes, stories, songs, and poetry preschoolers develop body awareness, motor skill development, imagination, creativity, rhythm, following directions, and listening skills. The program includes a theme based 30 minute lecture demonstration relating to children's games, a ballerina violinist, hip-hop puppets, and a dance interpretation of the story "Going on a Bear Hunt."
Kidstuff - is an exciting, fun filled, energetic, athletic and informative dance presentation designed for K-6. This 45 minute lecture demonstration includes informative narrations, entertaining excerpts from DCDC's modern dance repertory, audience participation, and a question and answer segment designed to inspire students about learning, creating, and enjoying dance. Schools have the option to include a 30-60 minute interactive dance workshop.
African Americans in American Life - is a 45 minute educational lecture demonstration which includes informative narrations, expressive excerpts from DCDC's modern dance repertory that honor the history, the culture, and the contributions of African Americans in American Life, audience participation, and a question and answer segment designed to inspire students about learning, creating and appreciating modern dance.
Storytelling through Dance - is a creative tool designed for K-6 to ignite the imagination and inspires students to tell and write their ideas, feelings, and experiences. Using creative movement, students will explore the plot and characters of a familiar story / fable during a 45 minute interactive workshop. Students have the opportunity to convey, apply, and demonstrate their skills and understanding of language arts. Students have the opportunity to see excerpts from DCDC2 repertory and interpretive dance of the selected short story/fable.
Step Up:Dancing Our Way to Inclusion - is a forty-five minute lecture demonstration designed to use dance as a lens for educating students about diversity, cultural awareness, and inclusion as they relate to racism, sexism, sexuality, body image, flash judgments, bullying, and first impressions. Incorporating poetry from great poets like Maya Angelou, spoken word, music, and modern dance, students will feel the impact stereotyping has on society and the importance of acceptance through inclusion.
For fees and specific program information contact
Donald E. Hubbard, Director of Education & Community Outreach 937-228-3232 x102 or email@example.com
Melissa M. Heston, Director of University Initiatives 937-901-0344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
840 Germantown St, Dayton, OH 45402