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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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Visions Dancing in artistic heads

Dayton Ballet’s dreamy new Nutcracker comes to life By: Arnecia Patterson Photo: [l to r] Halliet Slack, Jammie Walker, Nathaly Priesto and Paul Gilliam rehearse for the alternating roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier in the new Dayton Ballet Prodcution of The Nutcracker  Ballet’s elements of beauty are recognizable to varied cultures and […]

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Experimental traditions

Dayton Ballet opens season with Range of Motion  By Arnecia Patterson   Photo: Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke In the spring of 1937, Josephine and Hermene Schwarz set their new dance company, “The Experimental Group for Young Dancers,” on the stage of the Dayton Art Institute and the Dayton Ballet was born. Its name […]

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New dance from a seasoned spirit

DCDC presents Emergence By: Arnecia Patterson   Photo: The dancers of DCDC rehearsing for Emergence, which will be presented on Oct. 5 at the University of Dayton’s Boll Theatre Photo : Sydney Reynolds When a dance company takes the stage, it shows the audience what it values artistically. Maybe it values a specific dance technique, like modern […]

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City smooth

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents Urban Impulse By Arnecia Patterson Photo: [l to r] Rebecca Sparks Vargas and H.D. Horner III in DCDC’s Urban Impulse; photo credit: Scott Robbins Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s polish has acquired heirloom patina over the years. The dancers are ϋber-fit, and in performance they make artistic choices that are readily encouraged […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]