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DCDC gala brings taste of New Orleans

DCDC gala brings taste of New Orleans

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company brings the sounds and tastes of New Orleans to you at this year’s annual Soulstice: Beignets on the Bayou.

Hand your keys to the valet and step into the vintage atmosphere of America’s Packard Museum, 420 S. Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH, to be transported to the...

Dayton declares Nov. 4 DCDC Day

Dayton declares Nov. 4 DCDC Day

Dayton City Commissioners cited Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as a true Gem City gem Wednesday night as they declared Friday, Nov. 4, DCDC Day.
 

The proclamation recognized the dance company at the top of its 48th year for the recent reception of its second Bessie Award. The Tony or Oscar...

Former dancers return to stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Former dancers return to stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Favorite former dancers from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will return to the stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY, joining current artists onstage to perform excerpts of 10 works spanning DCDC’s 50-year repertory.

   

Catch Reunited Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Victoria Theatre, located at 138 N....

YWCA Dayton honors DCDC founder

YWCA Dayton honors DCDC founder

She was a woman ahead of the times — but she didn’t let those times hold her back.

Thursday, our Dayton Contemporary Dance Company founder Jeraldyne Blunden will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at YWCA Dayton’s annual Women of Influence Luncheon.

“She was an African-American...

Artistic Update- April 16, 2020

Artistic Update- April 16, 2020

For over 50 years, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has not only embraced the art of dance and movement, but embodied the spirit of family and the human experience. In the last month we have all had to redefine what gathering looks like within the perimeters of social isolation. As dancers...

DCDC's Crystal Michelle named OSU prof

DCDC's Crystal Michelle named OSU prof

 
 

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Associate Artistic Director Crystal Michelle Perkins accepted a position this week as an Assistant Professor of Dance at The Ohio State University.

Perkins, who lectured at OSU during the 2016-17 season, will continue her duties as DCDC’s Associate...

SCPA and DCDC host Summer Dance Intensive

SCPA and DCDC host Summer Dance Intensive

 
 

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and The School for Creative and Performing Arts are partnering for a two week dance intensive. This prestigious program will take place July 15-26, 2019, 9:15a-3:45p at School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. Students will explore Modern,...

International Women's Day 2019- DCDC's Legacy of Women Leaders

International Women's Day 2019- DCDC's Legacy of Women Leaders

In 1911, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8. It has been celebrated all over the world since then by multiple governments, organizations, and of course individuals who believe women’s equality is worth celebrating and advocating for. So, to celebrate today, Dayton...

DCDC dancers perform as guest artists at Howard University

DCDC dancers perform as guest artists at Howard University

Last weekend, April 7 & 8, DCDC Dancers Qarrianne Blayr & Countess V. Winfrey performed as guest artists in Howard University's spring dance concert, titled "Unjust." 

Qarrianne, an alumnus of Howard U, was thrilled to be back onstage at her alma mater, this time around as a professional in...

DCDC tapped to travel abroad through cultural diplomacy program

DCDC tapped to travel abroad through cultural diplomacy program

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will travel to Russia and Kazakhstan next season. 

DCDC is one of three dance companies across the United States tapped to tour internationally through the seventh season of DanceMotion USA, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program run through the U.S. Department...

Join us for FREE Street Beats concert!

Join us for FREE Street Beats concert!

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is throwing a free concert for the community in downtown Dayton’s Courthouse Square.

Street Beats will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 9. The free summer concert will feature performances by area guest artists...
Season subscriptions on sale now!

Season subscriptions on sale now!

Gravity-defying dance, eye-opening collaboration and heartwarming reunion will mark Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 49th season, Lineage.

 

The season kicks off with Wynton Works, a salute to jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, performed on the Victoria Theatre Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30...

Jeraldyn's School of Dance 2019 Summer Intensive

Jeraldyn's School of Dance 2019 Summer Intensive

This year's summer intensive will be offered one week from July 7th - 13th. Students MUST be registered by July 3rd in order to participate. All students must have a completed Registration Form (linked below) and the nonrefundable deposit of $50 upon registration. This deposit will go toward...

DCDC appearing at 5th annual Ohio Black Dance Festival

DCDC appearing at 5th annual Ohio Black Dance Festival

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will perform at the Gospel Brunch of the 2017 5th annual Ohio Black Dance Festival on Sunday, Sept. 10 at the JH Ross Family Life Center in Columbus, Ohio.

"It's always a pleasure to be able to support dance, especially black dance," DCDC Artistic Director...

Artistic Update- May 6, 2020

Artistic Update- May 6, 2020

It is hard to ignore the environment that the world has come to. As an artist, it is trying on my soul, because my soul yearns for new and inviting ideas to keep me creating. I am constantly moving because I am ready to work and construct the next story to tell. But this time of social...

DCDC holiday classic The Littlest Angel returns to Dayton stage

DCDC holiday classic The Littlest Angel returns to Dayton stage

The Bessie award-winning Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will again bring the classic endearing children’s book tale The Littlest Angel to the Dayton stage this holiday season.

The second work in the company’s 2016-17 Story-Tellers season, DCDC dancers will use movement to translate Charles...

DCDC CEO tapped for prestigious executive program

DCDC CEO tapped for prestigious executive program

Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, CEO of the world-renowned, Bessie award-winning Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), is one of 50 business leaders from across the globe chosen to participate in the National Arts Strategies’ prestigious Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture. 

Throughout...

DCDC nabs $55K grant to extend work with HBCUs

DCDC nabs $55K grant to extend work with HBCUs

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company received a $55,850 grant this week to expand its work with underserved populations at Historically Black Colleges & Universities. 
 

The Engaging Dance Audiences grant is administered by Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional...

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Sheri "Sparkle" Williams recognized for life in dance

Longtime Dayton Contemporary Dance Company dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams is the 2017 recipient of the OhioDance Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Dance Art Form. 

The award recognizes choreographers and dance artists dedicated to both the creation of new work and...