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DCDC2 | Preprofessional

DCDC2 Preprofessional Company will operate from August - May

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.

DCDC2 DIRECTOR

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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Hillary Allison

Hillary Allison (Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a junior dance major at Wright State University. She is a recipient of the WSU Arts Gala scholarship (2021). Hillary had the opportunity to work with and perform in choreographer Ray Mercer’s She/Her. She was a dance artist with Dayton Ballet’s Second Company, and had the opportunity to perform with their main company. She trained at Project Ballet (formally known as New American Youth Ballet) under Beth McLeish, Laura Francis, and Robert Steele. Additionally, she trained at the summer intensives of Complexions Contemporary Ballet (2020) and Paul Taylor Dance Company (2018). This is her first season with DCDC2.

Mark Gonzalez

Mark Gonzalez (Edinburg, Texas) received a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography and a Minor in Theatre from Texas State University. Mark was a three-year member of Merge Dance Company, the pre-professional touring ensemble at Texas State University. Gonzalez has had the privilege to gain training from a variety of national and international dance artists. Notable choreographers include but are not limited to: Mike Esperanza (BARE Dance, NYC), Joshua L. Peugh (DCCDUSA), Erica Gionfriddo (ARCOS Dance), Andy and Dionne Noble (Noble Motion Dance), Matthew Farmer (Michigan) and Christa Oliver (Austin, TX). This is his first season with DCDC2.

Gelline Guevarra

Gelline Guevarra (Sacramento, CA) professionally danced with BBmoves for four seasons and TwoPoint4 Dance Theatre for two seasons. In 2018, she debuted her first work under her own company, GGProjects, in addition to graduating from California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Guevarra received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and in Deaf Studies. During her time at CSUS, she worked and trained with renown choreographers such as Raja Feather Kelly, Lula Washington, Michel Kouakou, Gary Masters, Li Chiao-Ping, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, and Christine Cali. In addition, she extensively trained at intensives with Elisa Monte Dance and Bates Dance Festival.

Sean Ferguson

Sean Ferguson (Bellbrook, Ohio) began his dance training as a freshman at Wright State University. He is currently a junior dance major at Wright State University pursuing his BFA in Dance Performance. Sean has attended dance festivals such as Water Street Dance Festival in 2021. He is a world-class performer in winter guard with Juxtaposition Winter Guard in Westerville, Ohio. Sean is also an impressive musician who plays six instruments that include his main instrument percussions, followed by clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe, and bassoon. Sean is excited to mature as an emerging dance artist during his tenure with DCDC2. This is Sean’s first season.

Jonathan Oliver Foster

Jonathan Oliver Foster (Toledo, Ohio) is a Sophomore dance major at Wright State University studying working towards a B.F.A. in Dance. He is a recipient of the WSU Arts Gala scholarship (2020/2021). He graduated from Toledo School for the Arts under the direction of Alison Reny and Talina Tolson. He has taken master classes with Sara Andreas, Douglass Burkhardt, Sean Howe and Ray Mercer. Oliver has performed in Emerging Choreographers and the Spring Concert 2021 at Wright State University. This is his first season with DCDC2.

Celeste Kennington

Celeste Kennington (Springfield, Ohio) began training at the age of 4 at Ohio Performing Arts Institute under D. Scot Davidge and Amy Davidge where she studied ballet, musical theater, and jazz. Throughout high school, she attended intensives at Ballet Magnificat and Ballet 5:8. Since college, she has attended intensives and festivals through Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Water Street Dance. Currently, she is in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Wright State University.

KC Lyphout

KC Lyphout (Toledo, Ohio) graduated with a BFA in Dance from Wright State University in 2021 and is pleased to be joining DCDC2 for the '21-22 season. Throughout her schooling, KC has had the privilege of completing intensives with Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Salt Contemporary Dance, The Joffrey Ballet, The Limon Company, Waterstreet Dance Milwaukee, and Royal Flux. KC's foremost passion in dance is choreography. Her choreographic accomplishments have been recognized at Salt Contemporary Dance, Suttle Dance Detroit, Wright State University, and Toledo School for the Arts.

Sierra McCurtis

Sierra McCurtis (Dayton, Ohio) is the veteran of DCDC2. This is her third season. She graduated from Archbishop Alter High School, Dayton, Ohio. Her dance training includes jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and the unique dance styles of Kick-Line and Hawaiian at Miss Leslie School of Dance. She has taken master classes from the Radio City Rockettes, award-winning dancer, choreographer and dance educator, Alvin Rangel, Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) Donald Byrd, including choreographer Anthony Burrell, featured on Lifetime’s hit reality shows Raising Asia and Dance Moms as well as season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance? Sierra is a freelance makeup artist who visually transforms people's appearance for special events.

Natalie Nagy

Natalie Nagy (Bellbrook, Ohio) is a sophomore dance major at Wright State University. She began dancing at the age of three at Expanding Harmony Dance Studio under the tutelage of Melissa-Hauschild-Mork in South Dakota. She attended summer intensives Cincinnati Ballet’s Summer Intensive (2019), Koresh Dance Company’s Summer Intensive (2021) as well as Forum Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive as a full scholarship recipient. She was a member of the South Dayton School of Dance where she performed in The Nutcracker as the lead role of “Clara”. Additionally, she performed in choreographers DeShona Pepper-Robertson’s National Choreographic Award-winning piece FOTU, Kimberly Jones’ Cutting Ties, and, Ray Mercer’s She/Her. She is working towards BFA in Dance Performance from Wright State University with a projected graduation date in 2024.

Brooklynn Skinner

Brooklynn Skinner (Brookville, Ohio) has been dancing since she was two years old, training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, acrobat and hip-hop at Margaret Leiber School of Dance. She is a full-time student in her junior year as a BFA Dance Major at Wright State University. She also works part-time at Quest Dance Center as a dance instructor and cheerleading coach. Brooklynn is not only a dancer but a model as well. She models for Heyman Talent Artist Agency and Helen Wells Agency. After graduation, Brooklynn aspires to travel and perform as a commercial dancer. This is her first year as a member of DCDC2.

Sierra Smith

Sierra Smith (Chattanooga, Tennessee) earned a B.S. in dance from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She was a member of MTSU Dance Theatre, working with guest artists Christopher K. Morgan, George Staib, and William Gill. Sierra performed at the American College Dance Association(ACDA) southern regional gala. where she performed Cassandra, choreographed by Meg Brooker, in the ACDA southern regional gala. During the summer of 2018, she received a scholarship to study at the Staibdance in Sorrento, Italy, where she trained intensively with artists George Staib and T-Lang. Sierra is developing as an artist and emerging choreographer. She presented her “Lost Souls Found (2019) at the MTSU fall concert, and Climax (2019) as a co-choreographer with Kristen Gaines at ACDA. This is Sierra’s first season with DCDC2.