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Good times on the Bayou

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Ride to New Orleans at Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s ‘Soulstice’ gala; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson  Photo: America’s Packard Museum on South Ludlow Street hosts the ‘Soulstice’ gala Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) continues to receive kudos for its deep bench of dancers who evoke lively responses from audiences. Last year, DCDC won a […]

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‘The Female Factor’

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These women’s Work: Female choreographers lead Dayton Ballet’s ‘The Female Factor’ By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Scott Kimmins   The month of March strides out like a woman on the Dayton Ballet’s final program of the season, “The Female Factor.” It features a new work by artistic director Karen Russo Burke and reprises of three ballets […]

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Dance with a view

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Vantage Points at the Victoria By Arnecia Patterson Photo: DCDC’s Devin Baker surrounded in Stafford Berry’s Wawa Aba, to be in Vantage Points at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s annual performance foray to the historic Victoria Theatre Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, is old and new. […]

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Deux coeurs

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Dayton Ballet partners Valentine’s Day with Daring Duets By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Chase Bodamer and Lauren Stenroos perform ‘Bushido’ with the Dayton Ballet for Daring Duets, to run Feb. 9-12; photos: Scott J. Kimmins The act of taking the dance floor with a partner can be exhilarating and slightly trepidatious—such boldness and vulnerability given over […]

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Ballet with Bite

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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s Dracula: Bloodlines reveals the human in the monster By Arnecia Patterson The month of October is known for Halloween celebrations that barely resemble the festivals of ghosts, goblins, and animal sacrifices considered a pagan practice in the first millennium. Today, we play dress-up, make merry, and eat candy (corn)—a decidedly human […]

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Bespoke dance

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Gesturing to the griot in Body Talk By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Sheri ‘Sparkle’ Williams translates the words of playwrights to dance; photo: Mike Claire In the concert world, when dance represents current movement, ideas, music, and people, it is often called “contemporary”; onstage, it animates the reality of our immediate world—abstract or literal. Dance can […]

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Young Love, On Pointe

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Dayton Ballet embraces Shakespeare’s classic love tragedy By Arnecia patterson The end of a season for a dance company is akin to the “sweet sorrow” spoken to Romeo by Juliet in William Shakespeare’s 16th century play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It takes countless hours of classes, study, rehearsals, fittings and physical endurance for the Dayton Ballet’s […]

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Repping the current

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Contemporary ballet’s new tradition potential By Arnecia Patterson A program of repertory ballets is a departure from tradition for a ballet company. However, the Dayton Ballet has history with experimental choreography and new dances. Unlike how story ballets are described in detail by their characters, scenes, costumes and anticipated moments of bravura, repertory programs, like […]

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Let’s get crackin’

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Dayton Ballet’s Nutcracker keeps on giving By Arnecia Patterson Photos: Scott J. Kimmins If any ballet can be said to have entered the psyche of popular culture, The Nutcracker is a contender. Professional and student, regional and national ballet companies and a handful of contemporary dance companies use it as a repertory mainstay that garners […]

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A dream realized

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Dayton Ballet opens its season with the return of Cinderella By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Dayton Ballet’s Case Bodamer, Erica Cole and Paul Gilliam perform in Cinderella, which returns to the Victoria Theatre Oct. 22-24; photo: Scott J. Kimmins When Dayton Ballet opens its 2015-16 season with Cinderella, it will offer audiences a chance to see […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]

The Docket: 5/16

Short relationships, long fights A woman and her ex-boyfriend decided they needed to meet and discuss their breakup. The woman […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/9

40 oz. fight A woman was hanging out with friends when they all decided to buy some beer. She knew […]

The Docket: 5/2

Cupcake capers A man walked into a store and headed to the cupcake section. The owner suspected there would be […]

Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]