The brainchild of Jeraldyne Blunden – a former student of both Martha Graham and George Balanchine – DCDC was founded in 1968 to elucidate the African-American experience through contemporary dance. Blunden’s vision for her company has enthralled local, national, and international audiences for its inspiration and power and won her awards such as the National Black Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant.
As the oldest modern dance company in Ohio, DCBC attracts some of the best dancers in the country; logically, where there are great dancers, the great choreographers come. DCBC’s repertoire thus incorporates some of the highest caliber artists working today, dancers such as Dwight Rhoden, Ronald K. Brown, Rennie Harris, Donald Byrd, and Debbie Glunden-Diggs, who succeeded her mother as Artistic Director of the company along with now retired, Kevin Ward.
One has only to attend a single DCBC performance to recognize the force, ability, and enormous heart and soul of the company. With works such as Rhoden’s “Beyond a Cliff” or Debbie Glunden-Diggs’ “In My Father’s House,” the spirit of the African American experience is palpable and the dancers do justice to every nuance.
Along with their tremendous on-stage presence, DCBC is also involved in educational programming, helping the community overcome boundaries through inspirational training and exposure to important themes in workshops and performances.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Information
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: 7-10 performances in the Dayton area, as well as several shows during the annual US tour
- Ticket Prices: $15–$125 depending on event, venue, and seating selection
- Subscription: 3-show subscriptions range from $75–$102.50 depending on seating selection.