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DCDC2 | Summer Company

Developing the next generation of performing artists!

A Pilot Program for Early-Career Performing Artists

DCDC2 | Summer Company is an elite cohort of early-career performing dance artists comprised of recent graduate and undergraduate dance students. As a pilot program, this company is created to engage a new generation of performing artists and prepare them for success in a new and exciting arts ecosystem. For approximately 12 weeks, invited participants embark upon an exciting journey that includes unique performance opportunities, individual professional development experiences, collaborative creative incubators, and opportunities for choreographic study. 

​This program emphasizes professional artistic growth and lays the groundwork to narrow any gaps between early-career artists and experienced performers. DCDC2 | Summer Company provides a challenging work environment, with access to a network of professions that will make a real difference in the development of dancers beginning their careers in the performing arts. Combined with a concentrated schedule that includes technique classes, rehearsals, seminars, main stage, and community engagement performances, this pilot program fosters impactful opportunities for experiential and applied learning.

DCDC2 DIRECTOR

Shonna Hickman-Matlock

Before becoming Director of DCDC2, Shonna Hickman-Matlock performed as a principal dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company from 1983 to 1995, touring nationally and internationally in South Korea, Russia, France, Germany, and Bermuda and has performed throughout the United States, including at 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 a half decades she has taught, performed, and choreographed modern dance works, plus 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.