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Dance — Dayton Contemporary Dance Company: 2016 DREAM CATCHERS Season is a Celebration of Women

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company:

The world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968, DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic DCDC’s words execution and story-telling through dance art of international standard.  Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, this company continues to celebrate dance around the world.  DCDC “is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.”  Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy with fresh new dance works by top choreographers.

DCDC’s words about their season:

Today’s woman is inventive and nurturing. Enterprising and filled with ambition, resolve, and even sassy verve, she thinks fast on her feet. She has to. Today, a woman can aspire to worldly accomplishment yet she also has the option of being a nurturer.

Restless yet still, she is like the dream catcher, which can be taken anywhere in a busy world but remains intact, reliable, and protective.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2015-2016 season Dream Catcher pays tribute to today’s woman as a catcher of dreams. But not just any dream. Good dreams that make one’s day creative, productive, purposeful, and meaningful.

Now that the sun rises on a changing world where women are making history in greater numbers, Dream Catcher celebrates their arrival and endurance through the art of dance and a series of special events.

Dance weaves stories and dreams unlike any other art form and in the hands of women artists, good dreams will pass through a magic web to enter the minds of grown children—we, who are fortunate to be in the audience.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s Dream Catcher season invites you to dream nurturing visions full of power, grace, and verve. Even sassy dreams that the morning sun lights on fire.

Our season, entitled Dream Catcher, celebrates women whose character and accomplishment distinguish them as sources of inspiration and motivation. One such woman was our founder Jeraldyne Blunden whose vision and mission continue to function as a mirror and lamp reflecting and illuminating our experience. We will commemorate her 75th birthday this December.

The season will host our first-ever women’s conference entitled Women in Motion: Empowered by Dance. The conference will focus on the whole woman—her mind, body, and spirit.  March 17 through 20, 2016, will feature several workshops and empowerment sessions addressing women’s physical, financial, and spiritual health. We will partner with the American Heart Association and offer heart-healthy programming as well.  The weekend will culminate in a performance of “In the Spirit of . . . Joy.”

Togetherness will be an underlying theme of the season, which will recognize and acknowledge the creativity of women in leadership and the synergy of women working together.

The season will recognize the tenth anniversary of one of us—Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders as Executive Director of DCDC—as well as the enduring and dynamic collaboration between us, the company’s Executive Director and Artistic Director. We enjoy working with one another as well as being connected and committed to the community in special and significant ways.

In addition to performing works by choreographers Francesca Harper, Kiesha Lalama, Bridget L. Moore, Crystal Michelle and Debbie Blunden-Diggs this season, the Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered by Dance, March 10-12, 2016, Dayton, Ohio. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.
In March, DCDC will also be back out for its Spring touring dates. On March 5, 2016 DCDC is being presented by 651 ARTS at the Kumble Theatre in Brooklyn, NY and performing as guests of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance at Lincoln Center, March 22, 24, and 26, 2016. DCDC will be performing Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Round My Shoulder, a classic piece of contemporary work.
DCDC’s initiative for historically black colleges and universities, Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience will continue its 2015-2016 residencies at five universities in March and April: Rust College, MS, Tuskegee University, AL, Florida A&M University, FL, Bethune-Cookman University, FL, and Central State University, OH. Central State University is one of three of DCDC’s university partners along with University of Dayton and Wright State University.
The company will finish it’s season performing as part of the Constella Festival’s Constella Dance in Cincinnati, OH and Spring to Dance, St. Louis, MO.
Friday, December 4, 2015 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – 3:00 pm & 7:30 pm

University of Dayton Boll Theatre – 300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio

It moved me to tears, an audience member said of last year’s production. Set beautifully to dance, The Littlest Angel is the endearing tale by Charles Tazewell about a little boy who enters heaven far too soon. But the gift he offers for the Christ child transforms the meaning of giving and sacrifice. The Littlest Angel will get inside your heart and stay there. Ideal for the entire family and for the child in you.


Friday, January 22, 2016 – 11:30-1:00 pm

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios

840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio

Up Close & Personal is a chance for you to see a live rehearsal of DCDC dancers working with a noted choreographer in the creation of a new dance work. You will also enjoy a catered lunch. Up Close & Personal is DCDC’s way of reaching out to the public to demystify the art of contemporary dance and reveal its highly relevant place in today’s world. Choreographer to be announced.


Saturday, February 20, 2016 – 7:30 PM

Sunday, February 21, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Eichelberger Theatre, Stivers High School for the Arts – 1313 East 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio

Watch four new creations of dance art by women choreographers as they bring down to earth their dreams and have them leap up and soar into the sun. These women artists will etch their creations on the landscape and in the sky of movement and grace. Two of the works will be created by DCDC’s artistic leadership, Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs and Associate Artistic Director Crystal Michelle. Rounding out the program will be nationally recognized women choreographers.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016 – 3:00 pm
Dayton Masonic Center – 525 W. Riverview Ave., Dayton, Ohio

In the Spirit of…Joy is the ninth installment of the In the Spirit of…series that celebrates the music of the African American church. Rallying the forces of dance, gospel choir, live instrumentalists, soulful soloists, and special features, this foot-stomping and hand-clapping occasion will bring down the spirit to envelope all in everlasting truth. This performance is in celebration of women and the spirit of dance and song. Joy will open your spiritual heart! Community churches lend their incomparable music talent to this deeply grassroots undertaking.

Click here for the Community Choir Registration Form


DCDC2 and UD Dance Ensemble Concert

Friday, March 18, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm

University of Dayton Boll Theatre –  300 College Park Drive, Dayton, Ohio

DCDC2 is one of the nation’s leading preparatory dance ensembles. Its annual concert showcases rising talent in the art of dance and choreography. In a new collaborative enterprise, DCDC joins forces with University of Dayton Dance Ensemble. The program exhibits some of the best emerging pre-professional dancers in the nation.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Activities begin at 4:00 pm. Concert begins at 6:00 pm

Location to be announced.

Kick off your shoes and dance with us as Street Beats ends the DCDC season, opening the door to summer. Street Beats is an outdoor concert accompanied by a big sky, and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s exceptional dancers. Special offerings include food vendors, dance lessons, and other extras for the entire family.

Tickets are on sale at or you can call 937-228-3630.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents its 47th Anniversary Season.
Extra Specials

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – 11:30 am

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio

On the 75th anniversary of the birth of Jeraldyne Blunden, founder of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and visionary leader and matriarch, whose spirit informs the company to this day, the Jeraldyne Blunden Living Legacies Luncheon honors special women in the Dayton community. Not only women, but also their descendants, will be acknowledged for bestowing their legacy to the people of the Miami Valley. Who are these matriarchs and their descendants? That’s a secret for now. You will have to come and see!

Luncheon Tickets are $40 each



Friday, January 29, 2016 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, January 31, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Studios

840 Germantown Street, Dayton, Ohio

This is an intensive weekend for up and coming choreographers. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s best dance minds will work with these choreographers to bring their work to the next level through classes in dance composition, a master class, and performances. Showing is the culminating event for advanced work.

$65 for full workshop participants. $25 for observers.

Click here for more information and registration materials.



Thursday, March 10, 2016 – 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 11, 2016 – 8:30am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016 – 8:30 am – 12 noon


33 E Fifth St, Dayton, Ohio

The Dream Catchers season will have its own women’s conference titled Women In Motion: Empowered By Dance. This is DCDC’s first-ever conference, providing sessions on the most important aspects of what it is to be a woman in today’s world. Sessions will focus on women’s health and spirituality, finances and building wealth, and the joys of being a woman. The conference will unleash the dreams required for a more sustaining and healing world.

Early bird registration is $109 and $129 beginning February 22, 2016. Conference Registration fee also includes lunch on March 11 and a ticket to In the Spirit of…Joy (March 12 or March 13)


Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sinclair Community College, Ponitz Conference Center

301 West Fourth Street, Building 12, Dayton, Ohio

Think of a sultry night, a bright moon, an intimate gathering, and a singer who gets under your skin. She knows what she’s singing and your heart replies, enthralled by her magic. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s 2016 Soulstice: Ladies Sing the Blues features local women blues and jazz singers, fine dining, the company dancers, smiles, festivities, and celebration. Come and see why Soulstice is unlike any special fundraising event in town.

Individual tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Tickets are on sale at or you can call 937-228-3630.

DCDC’S 47th Anniversary Season – Dream Catchers

Click Here to Turn the Page

Individual tickets will be available September 1, 2015 – but reserve your seat of preference by getting a season subscription!

For more information visit the DCDC offices located at 840 Germantown Dayton, Ohio 45402 or call 937-228-3232.

Michelle Van Huss

Phone: 937-228-3232


840 Germantown Street

Dayton, Ohio 45402


Phone: 937-228-DCDC (3232)

Fax: 937-223-6156


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