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Dayton’s historic innovations also include dance

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Ohio’s unique and powerful dance history will take center stage from June 18 to 24, 2018, as ballroom dancers and world-renowned dance instructors convene for the unveiling of Dayton Historic Dance Week. It is organizer Jeanette Watts’ way of showing off her hometown of the last 20 years to the vintage dance community as ballroom […]

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Stepping is believing

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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

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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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Shut up and dance

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Zoe Dell Nutter inspires Wright State dance students Mrs. Nutter (left) with scholarship recipient, sophomore, Jacob Shade (right) By Jim Hannah   As 102-year-old Zoe Dell Nutter watched the leotard-clad Wright State University dance majors go through their paces, Nutter’s days of dancing with the San Francisco Ballet bubbled to the surface of her memory. […]

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Holiday in dance

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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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Charting social issues

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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

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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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‘Modern Dance Modern Funk’

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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

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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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Visions of soldiers and sugar plum fairies

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The Nutcracker, recollected by the DPAA Photo: Kirk Henning (left) and Paul Gilliam as dueling soliders during the party scene in DPPA’s 2003 production of The Nutcracker; photo: Andy Snow Hallie Slack – Dancer with the Dayton Ballet I’ve been doing The Nutcracker now for a little over 30 years and I’ve performed just about […]

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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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The rocking Irish

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Rockin’ Road to Dublin at the Victoria Theatre By Tim Smith Photo: Dancers (l-r) Rachael Greico, Brea McGaffey, Ashley Smith, Maired Stillson, and Deirdre Robinett kick up the intensity of Irish dance Mention Irish dance to most people and Celtic visions usually come to mind. Thanks to two enterprising entertainers named Chris Smith and Scott Doherty, […]

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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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