Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and University of Dayton (UD) are esteemed and long-established institutions located in Dayton, Ohio. Both are education and cultural institutions.
University of Dayton’s alliance with DCDC began in 2010. Former university President Dr. Daniel Curran and DCDC’s current Chief Executive Officer Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders represented their respective institutions when the special partnership was inaugurated. Today, university present Dr. Eric Spina has expanded the relationship.
• DCDC’s Chief Artistic & Producing Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs is a faculty member at UD.
• Amy Renee Jones, a former DCDC dancer, is DCDC’s artist in residence for the Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology Department.
• The UD Dance Ensemble, the university’s student dance ensemble, and DCDC2, the dance company’s pre-professional ensemble, perform in an annual dance presentation on campus in the spring.
• The on-campus Boll Theatre is used by DCDC for occasional performances as well as by university students, faculty, and staff.
• UD recently graduated its first dance major within the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology.
• UD’s Technical Director also serves as technical director for DCDC’s stage productions, assisted by university students.
• Three university officers sit on DCDC’s board of directors.
• The university bestowed an honorary doctorate upon Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, DCDC’s chief executive officer.
• The university supported DCDC’s recent 50th anniversary celebration, beginning with university President Dr. Eric Spina and his wife, who co-chaired DCDC’s annual gala and held a reception at their home for top DCDC donors.
• DCDC staff serve on various committees at UD.
1) create a more diverse, welcoming, and interculturally inclusive campus from the board of trustees to the student body, with a special commitment to socio-economic and racial/ethnic diversity,
2) increase racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of our faculty and staff, and enrich the curriculum to expand students’ intercultural competencies.
3) develop deeper, higher-impact reciprocal relationships in the Dayton community, elevating the education of our students through experiential learning,
4) integrate the arts and humanities as they play an essential role in the development of creative and critical thinking and forward-looking leadership, and,
5) provide experiential learning opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines supporting others who are creating new ventures.