WILMINGTON — The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) will perform at Wilmington College on Monday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hugh G. Heiland Theater.
The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, is being held in conjunction with the next day’s 26th annual Westheimer Peace Symposium, whose theme this year is “The Art of Nonviolence.”
Wilmington College sees the dance company as an exemplar of this theme as evidenced by its artistic message of peace, equality and inclusion.
Their performance is co-sponsored by the college’s Issues & Artists Series and Activities Planning Board.
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, according to its mission statement.
Founded in 1968, DCDC became the first African-American dance company to gain membership as a performing company in the Northeast Regional Ballet Association. Its founder, Jeraldyne Blunden, received the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for her life’s work in dance.
The company was featured in the 2001 Emmy award-winning PBS Great Performances documentary, Free to Dance, and in 2005 performed the opening performance for Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Maya Angelo at the Schuster Center in Dayton.
It has since performed across the United States and as far away as China.
Executive director Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders said DCDC has adhered to its enduring values since its inception.
“Dayton Contemporary Dance Company values exceptional dance art both in conception and execution. We value using the art of dance to support students from pre-K through senior citizens,” she said.
“We value young people and their right to experience exceptional art. Integrity, diversity and professionalism are the company’s calling card,” added Hawes-Saunders.