This episode is all about one of Dayton’s most prestigious and world-renowned arts organizations: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), the oldest modern dance company in Ohio. Founded in 1968, DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic execution, dance precision, and story-telling through dance art of international standard. Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African-American choreographers, this Dayton, Ohio company continues to celebrate dance art around the world. Most recently DCDC performed in Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu Province, China for the opening of University of Dayton’s China Institute. Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy with fresh new dance works by top choreographers, including Donald Byrd, Ronen Koresh, and Kiesha Lalama. DCDC was recently named a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Best Revival. This NYC-based award is the highest dance award in the USA and is the equivalent of a Tony Award.
Speaking with us is Debbie Blunden-Diggs, who is in her 9th season as Artistic Director of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). For over 20 years Debbie performed with the company appearing in most of the company’s repertoire establishing herself as a formidable artist. She is also an accomplished choreographer creating works for the company that have become part of the company’s artistic blue print. Her notable works include Configurations, Kaleidoscope, Fragments, In My Father’s House and Traffic. Blunden-Diggs has also served as the company’s Associate Artistic Director and Deputy Director for Arts and Operations. In addition to her role as Artistic Director of DCDC, Debbie is an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton in the Theatre department.
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Celebrating 47 years -Touching the world one dance at a time
Rooted in the African-American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education.