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Not at all grown up and ready to dance

Dayton Ballet presents “Peter Pan” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet presents “Peter Pan” March 20-22 at the Schuster Center; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Ah, the idyll of childhood; who wants to fly with fairies and romp with friends as the possibility of slaying the evil that represents adulthood lurks? The fictional character Peter […]

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Together again, for the first time.

Composer-in-residence Stella Sung takes on collaborative challenge By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet presents “Creative Convergence” Feb. 12-15 Across dance genres – concert, street, reality television – the pairing of music and dance is ubiquitous by now. Specifically, ballet, modern and contemporary choreographers perpetuate a centuries-old history of using composers whose music they fancy […]

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The heart wants dance

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company premieres “HeartShakes” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents “HeartShakes” Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins An early celebration of relationships will be in the Valentine’s Day air when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) premieres its latest full-length ballet, “HeartShakes.” With “HeartShakes” […]

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Topping your tree

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s “The Littlest Angel” By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC performs “The Littlest Angel” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 at the University of Dayton; photo: Andy Snow The American holiday season’s tradition of storytelling is revisited, annually, on television and in books, film and music. Yet dance is the medium that […]

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Preeminent pre-professionals

Dayton Contemporary Dance Second Company presents Change By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC2 presents Change on April 27 at the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre; photo: William H. Crenshaw As Dayton Contemporary Dance Company winds down its 45th anniversary season, it casts the klieg lights on one of its performance traditions: the annual concert highlighting its pre-professional […]

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Creative bodies in motion

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Synchronicity By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents Synchronicity April 5 and 6 at the NCR Renaissance Auditorium in the Dayton Art Institute; photo: Andy Snow Creativity’s role in the artist’s narrative can be cast as either protagonist or antagonist; it can be engaging, yet elusive and prone to aloneness. […]

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Looking back, looking forward

Dayton Ballet’s dance lineage unfolds in new directions By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Dayton Ballet will perform “Interactions” as part of New Directions, March 20 through March 23 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Kimmins As it concludes its 76th season, Dayton Ballet is old enough to revisit a past that was new at the time and […]

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Connected by Ideas

Dayton Ballet presents Diversity in Dance By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Ballet’s 2012 presentation of “Butterfly Suite” as choreographed by Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke; photo: Scott J. Kimmins Lyricism’s emotional appeal is sometimes constricted by rules – tried and tested conventions that dictate what is right or acceptable for most situations. Form, shape and vocabulary […]

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World class

DCDC’s new vision at 45 By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company dancers in “Nawa Aba” Contemporary dance demands a measure of freshness and vitality in its movements and themes. It needs inventiveness at every turn. A narrative that avails itself to storytelling in the choreographer’s head can transmute into originality during craft and result […]

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In the spirit of Christmas

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s seasonal offering  By Arnecia Patterson   In December, the streets of downtown Dayton are lined with decorations, and a perfectly shaped Christmas tree reigns over the branches of Courthouse Plaza’s fairy-lighted saplings. Most weekends, the marquees of surrounding theaters announce music and dance offerings staged by area arts organizations for families and […]

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Fling into Spring

Miamisburg’s annual Spring Fling returns By John Hamilton Photo: The annual Miamisburg Spring Fling festival takes place May 16-17 in […]

Advice Goddess: 5/5

By Amy Alkon Eat, pray you’ll shut up, love I’ve always been a feelings stuffer, but I’ve been reading about […]

News of the weird: 05/05

By Chuck Shepherd World’s worst sculptor It seemed like a good idea when the village of Celoron, New York, paid […]

The Docket: 05/05

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Donkey wrong Police were flagged down by a […]

Chew on this: 05/05

Thinking differently about dieting By Jayne Powers Two things in life besides death and taxes seem to dominate American culture: […]

The Weight of water

Beauty, irony, loss By Susan Byrnes Photo: Prudence Gill, Over, Under, Around, and Through, 2015 Compared to many Midwestern states, […]