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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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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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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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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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Things that go boom in the night

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Yiiiikes! 3 drops Halloween on Dayton By Gary Spencer Photo: Yiiiikes! 3 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 24 at The Venue on 3rd in downtown Dayton; photo: William Dickensheets There’s an old saying that anything worth doing is worth doing twice. Well, in the case of the now annual Yiiiikes! EDM event that takes place […]

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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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Young toes and orchestral pros

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Sleeping Beauty awakens Dayton Masonic Center By Melissa Markham Photo: The Gem City Ballet and Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra will perform Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March; 1 photo: Andy Snow As classic a fairytale as it is a ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a miraculous birth, a bitter […]

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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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Preeminent pre-professionals

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]