Our host Libby Ballengee is an enthusiastic arts supporter in Dayton, and when she found out there is a new independent dance group newly forming in Dayton, she had to find out the story!

The Dayton Dance Initiative is the brainchild of Jocelyn Green. She has been living and dancing in Dayton as a member of the Dayton Ballet for the past five years. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri she attended college at State University of New York, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance for three years before joining Nashville Ballets second company. While with Dayton Ballet she’s enjoyed performing in works by renowned choreographers Septime Webre, Jessica Lang, Gina Patterson, Amy Seiwert, and Jiri Kylian. Her favorite role to date was as Juliet in Septime Webre’s Romeo and Juliet. She was honored to participate in the National Choreographers Initiative in Irvine, California in the summer of 2018. After seeking opportunities to choreograph and present her own work, Josie founded the Dayton Dance Initiative to give a platform for herself and fellow dancers to create, collaborate, and share their art with Dayton.

Who We Are: Dayton Dance Initiative is an independent collective of professional dancers working to create innovative art for our Dayton community to enjoy. Made up of dancers from across the country who now call Dayton home, we seek to empower dancers to hone their choreographic skills, and give them a platform to share their art. We believe that dance can speak to everyone, and we want Dayton to interact with dance in a personal and meaningful way.

Our Show: Dayton Dance Initiative’s inaugural show will take place on May 18th at 2:00 pm and 7:30pm at the new PNC Arts Annex in downtown Dayton. Entitled Making Moves, this show will present premiere works by 8 budding choreographers as they make the move from dancer to creator. Local professional dancers bring passion, invention, and unique visions to life in an intimate setting, designed to bridge the gap between the community and artists. Making Moves will be the first performance of its kind in Dayton! A Q&A with the artists will follow both shows.

Stay connected to the Dayton Dance Initiative and get involved by following us on Facebook and Instagram and visiting our website at: www.daytondanceinitiative.com

Photography in show notes by Geek with a Lens Photography (Scott Robbins)

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