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Dayton Ballet presents a compelling Swan Lake


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents Tchaikovsky’s iconic classic at Schuster A study in contrasts, Nathaly Prieto is the Black Swan, Margot Aknin is the White Swan. by Arnecia Patterson  |  Photos by Scott Robbins The Dayton Ballet’s founding in 1937 makes it one of the oldest ballet companies in the country, so it would be […]

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Stepping is believing


Traditions explored with Step Afrika! at Victoria Ndlamu is a traditional dance of the Zulu people at Step Afrika!. Photo: Sekou Luke By Arnecia Patterson For arts organizations in Dayton, one of the conundrums of audience building is the prominence and consistency of where performances are held. Theatres and auditoriums, like stadiums and arenas, have […]

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A Golden Age of dance

Urban Milonga by Scott Robbins)

DCDC kicks off its fiftieth anniversary season Urban Milonga, (L-R): Sheri “Sparkle” Williams, Nabachwa Ssensalo-Harris, Alexis Britford-Suggs, LaMoi Hedrington, Dorse Brown and (back) DeMarcus Akeem Suggs perform Alvin Rangel’s work “Urban Milonga,” Photo: Scott Robins By Arnecia Patterson Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s single evening performance at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 24 will be […]

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‘Tis the season to be nutty


Dayton Ballet’s annual holiday treat Photo: The Nutcracker ensamble dances as snowflakes in the pine forrest By Arnecia Petterson Images by Scott Kimmins   When The Nutcracker ballet had its 1892 premier in St. Petersburg, Russia, critics viewed it unfavorably for its mass appeal and circus-like atmosphere. It was categorized “ballet-féerie,” a spectacle created to appeal […]

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Holiday in dance


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s The Littlest Angel Countess V. Winfrey and Matthew J. Talley in DCDC’s production of The Littlest Angel.  Photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson As children’s stories go, The Littlest Angel’s florid language can be read aloud as an undulating lullaby. Charles Tazewell, who wrote the story in 1946, crafts long, winding […]

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Jazz aged Ballet


Dayton Ballet’s 80th season opens with “The Great Gatsby” Photo: Margot Aknin plays Daisy Buchanan (left) with Evan Pitts as Jay Gatsby (right). By Arnecia Patterson  When the curtain  goes up on the Dayton Ballet’s 80th season this month, there is a possibility that the majority of audience members will be younger than the company, […]

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Charting social issues


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Wynton Works at Victoria DCDC dancer Nile Alicia Ruff; photo: Scott Robbins By Arnecia Patterson When the performing arts season opens, it brings with it a degree of anticipation among those who attend events. What classics will be refreshed and reinterpreted? Will there be cutting edge presentations, never-seen-or-heard-before premiers, or those […]

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When sexy dance takes hold


Dayton works its burlesque grind R.U.D.E.-ly   R.U.D.E. performers Taylor Daniels, Eric Chastain; photo: Lamar Pacley of Shutter Eye Photo By Arnecia Patterson Prevailing images of what conjures burlesque are given to scantily clad women who coax high levels of anticipation and egging on from male onlookers, anticipation that they will “take it off…take it […]

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The shape of music


Michael Bashaw’s Theater of Sound concert at Theatre Guild Photo: (l-r) Sandy Bashaw, Michael Bashaw, Erich Reith, and John Taylor performing Theatre of Sound; photo: Todd Huffman By Arnecia Patterson Dayton’s arts and entertainment scene has more than its fair share of visual artists, actors, writers, musicians, and bands. If you count the professional and […]

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‘Modern Dance Modern Funk’


Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and Dayton Contemporary unite at the Victoria Theatre Photo: Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (above) and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company present Modern Dance Modern Funk June 3 at Victoria Theatrephoto: Knack Creative By Arnecia Patterson In 14 seasons, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) concerts have steadily developed in quality and audience. […]

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Good times on the Bayou


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’


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


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


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


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


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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A homestyle home run


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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the […]

What to do in the Springs


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Kansas resurrected


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