HBCU Initiative: Young, Gifted & Black

The Residency


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s HBCU Initiative Young, Gifted, and Black: A Transformative Experience offers students exclusive access to unique artistry based in the African-American cultural experience through hands-on, engaging participation both in and out of the classroom.

The goal of Young, Gifted, and Black is to enhance arts and culture exposure for a well-rounded HBCU graduate, celebrating the spirit of creativity and shaping the arts patron of tomorrow.

Young, Gifted and Black showcases dance works by leading emerging and established choreographers of color. In addition to a public performance, DCDC invites campus professors and other experts to join dancers onstage for a pre- or post-performance discussion of the content of the performed dance works. 


The HBCU residency is tailored to fit each campus. It can also include master classes or more general community movement classes led by DCDC dancers; excerpted school-day performances for area students brought to campus; and class and community discussions about the role dance plays across time, place and culture. 

DCDC's Young, Gifted, and Black tour has been supported by Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Participating HBCUs

  • Alabama State University, AL

  • Bethune-Cookman University, FL

  • Central State University, OH

  • Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, PA

  • Dillard University, LA

  • Florida A&M University, FL

  • Kentucky State University, KY

  • Morgan State University, MD

  • North Carolina Central University, NC 

  • Prairie View A&M University, TX

  • Rust College, MS

  • Savannah State University, GA

  • Tuskegee University, AL

  • University of Maryland Eastern Shores, MD

  • Wilberforce University, OH

For more information

Bring the HBCU tour to your campus! Contact Angela Burdon, Company Manager
Phone: (937) 228-3232
Email: angela@dcdc.org

Alabama State University studets tae class with Dayton Cotemporary Dance Company. Photo credit:Alabama State University
Florida AMU students pause after class with Dayton Cotemporary Dance Company's Qarrinne Blayr during a DCDC HBCU tour
Dayto Contemporary Dance Company performs crowd favorite "Shed" by Kiesha Llalama drng a HBCU tour to Dillard Unversity fall 2017. Phto credit: Audrey Ingram

"The activities DCDC conducted contributed to the overall mission of excellence in the arts that our department strives to impart in our students and throughout our community."

— Michael Medcalf, Director, BFA Dance Program, Alabama State University

“The performance motivated me to get it together. I see dance on campus, but it’s rare that I see dance in that art form. Making sure that the arts stay vibrant in the black community. We don’t get to express ourselves artistically as much and companies like that make sure it is continued in our community."

— Chelsea Maloney, Student, Florida A&M University

"The overall experience was tremendous for our community. The feedback from the multiple classroom sessions was overwhelmingly positive. The performance was extremely well done and enjoyable. They connected well with our students and members of the community that attended. We definitely will want to host you again in the future."

— Dr. Walter Kimbrough, President, Dillard University