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DCDC Dancers

The dynamic professional artists of DCDC

From around the world, united by art!

The DCDC First Company

This group of elite dance artists comes from across the world to bring their spirit and passion for the arts to DCDC. Comprised of professional dance artists, the First Company performs several mainstage shows in Dayton, Ohio, as well as extensive touring across the nation and the world. Each dance artist brings their unique perspective to the stage, blending into one stunning collective of voices where the African-American story continues to be told through dance.

Devin Baker

Indianapolis, Indiana

Devin trained with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago and has performed for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Seamless Dance Theater, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, along with various choreographers such as Ray Mercer, Milton Myers, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Nejla Yatkin. This is his seventh season with DCDC. Mr. Baker has danced for the first company since 2013.






Qarrianne Blayr

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Qarrianne earned her BFA degree at Howard University, studying under Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Pat Thomas, Sandra Fortune-Green, Katherine Smith, Akua Kouyate, and Assane Konte. She also studied traditional Jamaican dance at University of West Indies at Mona.

In 2004, Ms. Blayr founded the performing arts group Arts International. She joined DCDC’s first company in 2012 after having performed for two seasons in DCDC2, the company’s pre-professional ensemble.

Of the choreographers she has worked with, Sherrill Berryman-Johnson has been the most influential in helping her become a “moving/thinking vessel.”

Her favorite DCDC repertory piece to perform is The Amen Corner of the dance concert BodyTalk.

Nicolay Dorsett

Nicolay Dorsett was born and raised in Sunrise, Florida, and began her dance training at the young age of 7 at Elegant School of Modern Dance. She graduated from the University of South Florida (USF) in the spring of 2020 with a BA in health sciences and a BFA in modern dance performance. During Nicolay’s time at USF, she studied under teachers Bliss Kolmyer, Michael Foley, Andrew Carrol, Andee Scott, and John Parks and performed in works by renowned choreographers, including Vespers by Ulysses Dove and Prowl by Claudia Lavista. In October of 2019, she was selected to be a part of the USF/China Exchange Program to participate in the International Creative Dance Seminar at Beijing Normal University. With her passion for dance, Nicolay hopes to continue performing and growing in the beautiful art and is excited for her first season with DCDC as a JB Fellow!

Alexandria Flewellen

Columbus, Ohio

Alexandria graduated from Wright State University in 2018. Ms. Flewellen performed one year with DCDC2 and joined the first company in 2017.

The choreographer who has most influenced her is DCDC alum Dwight Rhoden; "He challenged my usual way of moving and helped me find a different way of thinking about movement."

"I chose to be a dancer because I need to dance, and it is who I am."







Aaron Frisby

Aaron started out dancing in hip-hop and acrobatics at the tender age of 7. By the age of 12, he was training in ballet, jazz, and modern at The POINTE! Dance Studio. In 2010, he was accepted into the Philadelphia Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA). Aaron attended The Ailey School Summer Intensive; he was fortunate enough to be accepted into the scholarship program at The Ailey School as well. He spent two years as a scholarship student there and was also a part of the student performance group (ASPG). While there, he learned and performed works choreographed by Alvin Ailey. Aaron has worked with choreographers Kirven Boyd, Ray Mercer, Ronald K. Brown, and many more. Aaron is so grateful to have made it this far in his dance career and is excited to join the DCDC family.




Michael Green

Midlothian, Virginia

Michael joined the company in 2007 after graduating with a BFA degree from Butler University the same year.

Starting at the age of 4, Mr. Green studied dance at Jessica Morgan’s School of Dance, Ingrid’s Dance Theater, and Richmond Ballet School. He also trained at the School of American Ballet, the Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg Russia, the National Taiwan University of the Arts, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, and Interlochen Performing Arts School.

In 2016, he performed in Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder at David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center in New York City. DCDC received a Bessie Award for this performance. Mr. Green has toured with DCDC to Chile and China.

He credits Donald Byrd as the choreographer who has most influenced him: “Mr. Byrd was influential in changing the way I approach technique. His clarity made me take a look at what is important as an artist.”

Zaki A’Jani Marshall

East Orange, NJ

Zaki is a 2019 graduate from the University of The Arts where he received a full tuition scholarship towards earning his BFA in Dance Performance. During his time there, he had the privilege of training under instructors associated with Philadanco and BalletX and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, working as a freelance instructor,  and emerging choreographer, creating works on local bases studios, creating dance films, also creating work for a proscenium audience.

Mr. Marshall has taught in schools in cities like Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Bermuda. He has trained with Dance Theater of Harlem, and BalletX, in addition to completing  Philadanco's  Summer Training internship. Furthermore,  Zaki was a company member of Eleone Dance Theater in South Philly from 2016- 2018. Zaki was the 2019 Recipient of the University of the Arts Academic Achievement for Service and leadership award.

After graduation, he relocated to San Francisco to study for a full year as a trainee with Alonzo King Lines Ballet. While he was on faculty for the open classes at Lines, he had the opportunity to work with Roderick George, Gregory Dawson, and Alonzo King. After the pandemic, Zaki worked with smaller NYC based companies such as Ponybox Dance Theater and Erv Works Dance. 

Robert Pulido

Los Angeles, California

Robert entered his seventh season with DCDC in 2020-2021. In 2015, he graduated from California State University of Fullerton with a BA degree in dance. He performed in the Dance Teacher’s Summit and Capezio A.C.E. Awards and in The Nutcracker under director Lois Ellyn of Nouveau Chamber Ballet.

In 2016, he performed in Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder at David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center in New York City.

Mr. Pulido was a teacher’s assistant at the Los Angeles Dance Connection, where he trained for 10 years.

The choreographer who has most influenced him is Alvin Rangel, who has worked with DCDC: “His movement flows continuously with a few surprises here and there. He made me use and adapt the floor to my body.”

Elizabeth Ramsey

Toledo, Ohio

Elizabeth joined the first company in 2015. For three years she performed in DCDC2 and in 2016 she graduated with a BFA degree from Wright State University. Her choreography was chosen to premiere in Wright State’s Spring Dance Concert.

She has studied with the Joffrey Ballet, Complexions, and MIP.

Ms. Ramsey chose her career in dance because dance “creates beautiful minds and bodies and allows great connections and conversations between humans.”

She names Shonna Hickman-Matlock as a choreographer who influenced her because “she made me mentally sharper and she helped my body understand mature movement.”

Quentin Apollovaughn Sledge

Chicago, Illinois

Quentin joined DCDC’s first company in 2014. He began studying dance with Homer Hans Bryant, a former member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Mr. Sledge graduated summa cum laude from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he earned a degree in business administration with a concentration in management. He also received recognition as a National Society of Collegiate Scholar and was accepted into a training program at Gotta Dance Atlanta under the direction of Daryl Foster and his LIFT company.

In 2016, Mr. Sledge performed in Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder at David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center in New York City.

He credits DCDC’s Associate Artistic Director, Crystal Michelle, as an important influence on his artistry because “she is an astounding choreographer who has poured her years of knowledge into her work at DCDC in such a short time!”

Countess V. Winfrey

Nashville, Tennessee

Countess joined the company in 2014. She began her dance training at Dance with Stacy Dance Studio, where she danced more than five years. She also attended Wharton Arts Magnet School where she majored in dance and art. She later continued her training at Nashville School of the Arts. Attending college at the University of Memphis, Countess graduated magna cum laude with a BS degree in health and human performance and with a minor in dance in 2011.

She has also participated in a variety of dance festivals including the American High School Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), the American Dance Festival, and the David Dorfman Dance Winter Intensive.

After graduating, Countess joined DCDC2 in 2012, where she danced for two years while having the opportunity to perform with the first company in her second year. She has performed works by Paul Taylor, David Dorfman, Rodney A. Brown, Rob Priore, William B. McClellan Jr., and many other choreographers.

Matthew J. Talley

Washington, D.C.

Mr. Talley joined the company in 2015. He studied with George de la Pena for two years at The Joffrey School and spent two summers at American Ballet Theatre on full scholarship.

Mr. Talley was a soloist at Missouri Ballet Theatre and performed one season with the Taurus Broadhurst Project.

His most memorable DCDC performance to date was “performing for students at Bethune-Cookman University. After the concert we had a Q&A where e

veryone would stand and tell us how happy and grateful they were. That was very special to me.”

His reason for becoming a professional dancer: “I didn’t choose to be a dancer. Dance chose me to be one of its movers."

Sadale Warner

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Philadelphia native with Caribbean roots, Sadale discovered dance at the age of 3. She took her first dance class at Broadway Bound Dance Academy and trained with the same studio until moving on to college. She started out with tap. As time went on, she ventured on to ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, pointe, and modern. The studio she trained at was a competition studio, so Sadale was able to travel to many competitions year after year, competing in about four different styles of dance.

During high school, Sadale majored in dance at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. After graduating high school, she started her undergrad career at The University of the Arts under the directorship of Donna Faye Butchfield, where she was introduced to different ideas of dance.

Sadale is passionate about expressing herself through movement and sharing the experience with other dancers and the audience. She wants to broaden her creative aspirations with concert and commercial work.