The Pre-professional Ensemble for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Learn more about DCDC2 in this feature by Dance Informa
FOUNDED IN 1975,..
DCDC2 is the well-regarded training ensemble for the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company that is comprised of recent graduate and undergraduate dance students,. It is the first stage towards a professional career.
Rooted in the framework of DCDC’s arts culture, DCDC2 like its parent company, presents performances in traditional theatre and alternative venues. The ensemble plays an integral role in our organization’s school and community engagement throughout the Miami Valley region.
DCDC2 participates in DCDC’s established university partnerships providing opportunities to engage in collaborative programs with University of Dayton, Wright State University, and Central State University campus wide activities and dance programs.
The ensemble has performed throughout the Miami Valley and the Midwest, Northeast, and South Central regions of Ohio. In 2019, the ensemble was chosen to present at the OhioDance Festival in Columbus, Ohio, as well as showcased at the 31st International Blacks in Dance “Established Dance Companies” performance hosted in Dayton, Ohio.
DCDC2 continues to be a resource for new dancers for DCDC’s main company, and maintains an impressive record of successfully transitioning dancers into other professional companies, Broadway, film, television, media, and graduate schools.
The first stage towards a professional career
Rigorous and diverse dance instruction and training
Collective wisdom and mentorship and goal setting guidance from professionals
Opportunities to work directly with Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director
Opportunity to learn from seasoned dancers of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Perform with professional company in selected mainstage productions
Performance opportunities – main stage and community engagement
Company class with professional company
Work with and gain exposure into diverse emergent and acclaimed choreographer’s creative process
Engage in university partnership that allow for opportunities to collaborate and perform with other dance artists
Build career resume
School and Community Engagement
University and Art Organization Collaborations
Festivals and Conferences
DCDC Main Stage Performances
Jeraldyne’s School of the Dance
DCDC Teaching, Learning and Caring Initiatives
RESIDENT AND GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS HAVE INCLUDED:
Qarrianne Blayr, Jeraldyne Blunden, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Rodney A. Brown, Trezon Dancy, Jennifer Harge, Amy Renee Jones, Marlayna Locklear, Shonna Hickman-Matlock, Alvin Rangel, Crystal Michelle, Robert Priore, Josh Machulich, Terence Green, Veronica Greene, Allyne Gartrell Sharon Leahy, Kevin Ward, Countess Winfrey, Nejla Y. Yatkin, William B. McClellan, among others.
DCDC2 DANCE ARTISTS
SHANICE ADAMS (Huntsville, Alabama) is a student at Central State University Student and will receive her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work in May 2020. Her training includes Allegro Academy Dance Studio. She performed with CSU Dancing Bell Dance Team serving as Co-Captain from 2016 - 2017, and Art in Motion Dance Company. This is her first season with DCDC2.
COURTNEY ANDERSON (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) is junior dance major earning her BFA in Dance at Wright State University. She began her dance study at Christian Dance Academy and City Dance School Conservatory. She furthered her dance training during summer intensives with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Koresh Dance Company, and Gallim Dance Company. This her second season with DCDC2.
JASMINE BURTON (Columbus, Ohio) graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design at Columbus College of Art and Design. She received most of her training at the Fort Hayes Education Center and attended summer intensives at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. This is her first season with DCDC2.
ALEXIS DIGGS (Dayton, Ohio) graduated from Stivers School for the Arts in 2017, where she was classically trained as a vocalist and pianist. She is currently a sophomore at Regent University as an English major. She studied dance at Performance Ensemble, Howard University, and Point Park University International and Summer Dance Intensive on a full scholarship. Recently she created a duet that was performed at the 31st International Association of Blacks in Dance Festival and Conference hosted in Dayton Ohio “Pop Up” performance. This is her second season with DCDC2.
BREAH DUSCHL (Temperance, Michigan) is a graduate of Toledo School of the Arts and is a junior pursing a BFA in Dance at Wright State University. She has taken master classes from teachers such as Dwight Rhoden, Ray Mercer, David Reuille, Shannon Bramham and many others. She appeared as a soloist in Ray Mercer, Tony Award-winning cast of Disney’s The Lion King’s contemporary dance work “Pretty Is” that premiered on Wright State University Dance Concert (2019). During the summer of 2019, she has begun her choreographic career as choreographer for the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan production of Sister Act.
COURTNEY DRAPER (Toledo, Ohio) trained with Positive Christian School of Dance and graduated Toledo School for the Arts. She performed with Hajera Dance Nation Dance Company as well as the Limitless Dance Company. Ms. Draper represented the Toledo Branch of the NAACP at the national ACT-SO competition and placed first in the dance category. She has taken master classes with Marlayna Locklear, Freelance Artist with Deeply Rooted, Cleo Parker Robinson, Founder and Artistic Director of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Alison Reny, Anthony Burrell, Katisha Adams and Ray Mercer, Tony Award-winning cast of Disney’s The Lion King, in which she was featured in his contemporary dance work “Pretty Is” that premiered on Wright State University Dance Concert (2019). Ms. Draper is currently a sophomore pursuing her BFA in Dance from Wright State University. This is her second season with DCDC2.
JASMIN HINES (Dayton, Ohio) graduated from Stivers School for the Arts with an arts focus in dance where she received the Jeraldyne Blunden Award for “Perseverance, Humility and Determination” and the “Outstanding Class Excellence, Performer & Service Award”. Other training includes Jeraldyne’s School of the Dance and Point Park University International Summer Dance Intensive. She has performed with Performance Ensemble and Grace United Methodist Liturgical Dance Ensemble. This is her third season with DCDC2.
WILHELMINA MARKS (Mansfield, Ohio) early training began at Richland Academy of the Arts. She furthered her study attending the Alvin Ailey School Summer Intensive and participated in master classes with Dwight Rhoden, Founder and Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Misty Copeland, Soloist with American Ballet Theatre, and Ray Mercer, Tony Award Winning Disney’s The Lion King, She is a junior pursuing her BFA in Dance at Wright State University. She was a recipient of WSU Arts Gala scholarship. She has performed with Dayton Ballet 2 and as a guest artist with the New Vision Dance Company. This is her second season with DCDC2.
TASH’RA MAYE (Dayton, Ohio) graduated from Stivers School of the Arts ad received her BFA in Dance from Wright State University. Her senior dance work was chosen to premier at WSU Spring Dance Concert (2019). Her other training includes Reed Dance Intensive and master dance instruction with Jon Lehrer, Ray Mercer, Keisha Lalama and Dwight Rhoden. She has been a dance member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance since 2014. She is returning this season after being a member in DCDC2from 2017 - 2018 and 2014 - 2015.
SIERRA MCCURTIS (Dayton, Ohio) 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, Alvin Rangel, Artistic Director of In-Version Dance Project, and Anthony Burrell, Creative Director, Choreographer, and Actor, the creative force on E! Entertainment for Mariah’s World and part of the artistic team behind Beyonce’s Super Bowl 50 halftime show, MTV Music Awards (2016), Country Music Awards (2016), and countless music videos. This is Sierra’s second season with DCDC2.
TAYLOR MYLES (Columbus, Ohio) received her BFA in Dance from Dean College. Her dance studies include her early training at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, Leap of Faith Christian Dance Studio, Christian Dance Academy and The Ailey School independent study program as well as trained at Gus Giordano Summer College/Pro lntensive. This is her first season with DCDC2.
SHANICE ROLLINS (Dayton, Ohio) received her BFA in Dance from Wayne State University. She has performed in several works by Jennifer Harge, Founder, Artistic Director, and Choreographer of Detroit-based movement collective Harge Dance Stories. Her other training includes Booth Dance Academy, Bates Dance Festival, Nathan Trice Summer Intensive, and Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive. This is her first season with DCDC2.
OLIVIA SCHMID (Jacksonville, Florida) comes to DCDC2 from Spectrum Dance Theater where she was an apprentice from 2017 - 2019. She received her high school diploma from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. In 2013 Olivia was named a National Achievement Scholar and was awarded the President’s Scholarship at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she completed a BFA in Dance Performance. Also, named an SMU Engaged Learning Fellow and attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music (2015). She has attended intensives with Northwest Dance Project, Kegwin + Company, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. This is her first season with DCDC2.
SHONNA HICKMAN-MATLOCK, DCDC2 DIRECTOR
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.