This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), a major milestone for any contemporary dance company. In fact, this local touring company is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio, and one of the largest companies of its kind between Chicago and New York City. 


The company was founded in 1968 by Dayton, Ohio native, Jeraldyne Blunden. It was a groundbreaking project during a very tumultuous time in US history. The company has continued to be on the forefront of dance history, receiving numerous national awards, including the highest dance honor, the Bessie Award. 


In February, to kick off the 50th Anniversary year, DCDC invited former dancers and staff to come into Dayton for “The Gathering.” We were honored to be invited to this very special DCDC reunion, and capture interviews with current and former dancers and staff. What you will hear are incredible and inspirational stories that demonstrate the amazing ripple effect Blunden had on both these dancers, and the Dayton community. 


Check out upcoming events: 

Street Beats 

Kick off summer with us at an outdoor concert in the heart of this vibrant, innovative city we call home! 

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 5 – 9 pm 

Courthouse Square, 23 N. Main St., Dayton 


Soulstice: A Masked Affair 

Dance and dine the night away at our annual gala fundraiser 

Friday, April 13, 6 – 11 pm 

Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton 



Learn more about Dayton Contemporary Dance Company:  


Facebook: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company  



Photos by Audrey Ingram: 

“Exit 7” by Ronen Koresch, dancers are Nabachwa Ssensalo, Dorse Brown., Kim Anderson, Qarrianne Blayr, Alexis Britford-Suggs 


“Awassa Astrige/Ostrich” by Asadata Dafora, dancer is GD Harris 


“Beyond a Cliff” by Dwight Rhoden, dancers are Nile Ruff, Stevie Lamblin, Amy Jones