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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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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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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]