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Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company 

The Pre-Professional Ensemble

Founded in 1975, DCDC2 | Preprofessional Company provides opportunities for recent graduates and undergraduates to further their dance training and gain performance experience in a professional learning environment.

Rooted in the framework of DCDC’s arts culture, DCDC2 presents performances in traditional theatre and alternative venues. The ensemble plays an integral role in the organization’s outreach and education services as well as community engagement.

DCDC2 participates in DCDC’s established university partnerships providing opportunities to engage in collaborative programs with the University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Central State University.

The company has performed throughout Miami Valley, Midwest Ohio, Northeast, and East South-Central regions. In 2019, the ensemble was chosen to present at the OhioDance Festival in Columbus, Ohio. DCDC2 has cultivated dance artists for DCDC professional company, and maintains an impressive record of successfully transitioning dancers into other national, and international dance companies and productions.


Shonna Hickman-Matlock

Director of DCDC2, performed as a principal dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company from 1983–1995, touring nationally and internationally in South Korea, Russia, France, Germany, and Bermuda and has performed throughout the United States including the prestigious American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, New York Theatre and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She accepted the position of Director of DCDC2 in 2000 and in 2014 she was appointed Director of Education and Outreach Services. For three and half decades she has taught, performed, and choreographed modern dance works, developed education and outreach programs for the main company as well as other dance companies, performing arts schools, and universities. Under her leadership, numerous dance artists have transitioned into DCDC’s main company and other professional dance companies and dance productions.

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Returning Fall 2023

Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company will return in the Fall of 2023 with new dancers and a new season schedule!