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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Brings Its National Tour “Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience” to the Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) will perform at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center (698 West International Speedway Blvd.) in Daytona Beach on September 28th at 7:30p.m. The tour will feature thought-provoking, energetic and engaging work from “Wawa Aba,” by Stafford C. Berry, “The Story Unfolds,” by William B. McClellan, Jr., “The Gatherer/Weething,” by Rodney A. Brown, and much more. The performance is part of a two-year tour (2015-2017) to the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the performing arts center box office or through TicketMaster.com. 
In addition to Wednesday’s performance, the dance company will host “Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience,” workshop demonstrations on Monday, September 26th from 11:15a.m.-12:30p.m. and 6-8p.m., and Tuesday, September 27th from 6-8p.m. Space is limited, however, all workshops are free and open to the public.
 
About Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience:
Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience represents some of the greatest talent in modern dance among artists of color both established and up and coming. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company tour presents seven works by choreographers of color.
Why does this tour target Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their communities? With the nation in recent turmoil over police killings of African-American citizens, unrest in America’s cities, and looming voter disenfranchisement, sometimes art serves as an antidote to these social crises. Art allows one to sit back and contemplate, but, far from burying one’s head in the sand, art also restores energy and renews purpose and drive. The tour offers a chance to look inside and explore feelings, values, and experiences and to inspire personal testimony. It is a starting point for action informed by contemplation and learning, one of the key purposes of higher education.
Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience is a versatile medium for deepening a liberal arts education and illuminating endless possibilities of expression, success, and options for students. Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience has been made possible by the generous support of Virginia B. Tolumin Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.
About DCDC:
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, founded in 1968, is an internationally celebrated modern dance company, rooted in the African-American tradition. The company holds the world’s most comprehensive repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers and is known for its virtuoso artistic performances and excellence in education and outreach initiatives. The company’s artistic endeavors are under the direction of Debbie Blunden-Diggs. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s first and second companies perform more than 60 times every year throughout the Miami Valley and tour nationally and internationally, serving as cultural ambassadors for the greater Dayton community.
Noteworthy choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Ronald K. Brown, Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Ronen Koresh, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, Eleo Pomare, Doug Varone, and Kevin Ward have worked with DCDC over the last four decades.
Celebrating its 48th anniversary in 2015-16, DCDC toured locally, nationally and internationally, including Bermuda, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Russia, and South Korea. In August 2012, the company performed at the grand opening of University of Dayton’s China Institute at the Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China.

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