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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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A Natural Fit

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Local artist/muscician Michael Bashaw joins UD’s sustainability experiment By Arnecia Patterson Photo: Paul Noah In the eco-arts movement artists often use the environment as a springboard for art making and problem solving and turn to nature for materials, inspiration and solutions. Our natural environment frames a range of art-making practices that give us art, both ephemeral […]

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Don Quixote’s chivalrous pairing

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Indian take on Spanish lit SOLD OUT at UD By Arnecia Patterson Photo: The Sahrdaya Foundation will present a sold-out performance of Don Quixote on Sept. 24 at the University of Dayton Since 1961 when the University of Dayton’s ArtsLIVE was founded as the Arts Series, it has evolved from simply presenting music concerts to […]

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Not at all grown up and ready to dance

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]

Vitality Check: 6/14/16

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The dangerous game of preventing pregnancy By Rocco Castellano So I got a call from a friend of mine that […]

Spring into comics

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Comic culture in Yellow Springs By Josher Lumpkin The village of Yellow Springs is a quaint college town that manages […]

Vitality Check: 6/7/16

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Say ahhhh, cough and…happy birthday By Rocco Castellano Maybe I’m just getting a little more sensitive in my old age… […]