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University Programs

Bring movement, enrichment workshops, and professionalism to the college experience with firsthand immersive opportunities!

Dance is a tool for experiential learning.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company offers a variety of programming for colleges and universities of all sizes and specialties.


Academic Department Residencies

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company offers single-day, three-day, and one-week residencies for university dance departments. Residencies can include choreography workshops, masterclasses, rep classes, performances, lecture demonstrations, film screenings, and roundtable discussions with artists and leaders engaged in the performing arts field.


Cultural Centers & Student Life

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company offers movement workshops, masterclasses, lecture demonstrations, and performances tailored to complement your university's student life programs, academic courses, and student organizations on campus. Choose from a variety of styles of classes and workshops, from modern to liturgical to African to hip-hop, designed to reach any ability level. Hear a choreographer speak to students about DCDC's latest work. Curate themed performances for Black History Month, Women's History Month, etc.



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. The goal of this initiative 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.

The HBCU residency includes a performance that showcases dance works by emerging and established choreographers of color. Each residency is tailored to the individual campus and can include dance classes, talkbacks (Q&A session), lecture demonstrations, and roundtable discussions. 


Created by dance artist Quentin Apollovaughn Sledge, Stains is a conversation about the history of race and racism particularly in America. It shines light on the true treatment of our enslaved ancestors as well as our contemporary foremothers and forefathers post-emancipation. It attempts to explain why racial conversations are difficult for white people as well as proposes an angle of Truth as a means of healing.

University Partnerships

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company has pioneered a partnership model with area universities. We offer students of our university partners ongoing, extended exposure to a world-class arts organization through programs including artists-in-residence, collaborative performances, and internship opportunities.

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Interested in one of our university programs?

Contact Kevin Ward, Senior Artistic Associate

or email touring@dcdc.org , call 937-228-3232