Last year, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company was awarded the highly-coveted Bessie award for Outstanding Revival, for it's revival of Donald McKayle’s iconic “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder." The Huffington Post listed it as one of the top 10 dance performances for 2016. Daytonians have the opportunity to see this work, along with two others, as part of DCDC's newest production “Vantage Points: A Read Between the Lines,” March 4 & 5 on Dayton’s historic Victoria Theatre stage. "It is very interesting that a piece choreographed in 1959 — by a master choreographer — is … [Read more...] about Read Between the Lines with DCDC March 4th & 5th
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Save the date! for SMAG Dance Collective’s 10th Anniversary Season Spring Fling concert which takes place on May 24h at Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45414. Show times are 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.smagdance.org and Brown Paper Tickets. Spring Fling is purely devoted to the art of dance; challenging, physical, dynamic and insightful works are performed. This 10th Anniversary Season's Spring Fling Concert features the work of many of Dayton's OWN, so #dateyourcity SMAG's 10th Anniversary Season Spring Fling features the work of … [Read more...] about SMAG Dance Collective’s 10th Season Finale Comes to the Dayton Playhouse
Another year has waltzed by, creating a beautiful stir in the Dayton dance community. I have been privileged to bear witness to some incredible moments of sublimeness amidst the cautious backdrop of these uncertain times in regards to patronage and audience building. Now more than ever we as patrons of the arts have to reinforce our commitment to the arts in our community. While financial support is critical to keeping the lights shining, an education and connoisseurship is vital to elevating our community collectively. These moments and individuals made this year a tantalizing appetizer for a … [Read more...] about Brilliant Leaps and Cautious Steps A Review of Dance in Dayton 2013 and What to Watch for in 2014
Jean Howat Berry is the new education and outreach manager at Cityfolk. Cityfolk is the Dayton-based “only full-time, professional presenter of traditional and ethnic performing arts” in Ohio, according to the Cityfolk website. Berry’s main responsibility is overseeing the Culture Builds Community program, which is in its sixth year. “The main thrust of the job is this huge project that happens in the spring,” said Berry. The CBC project, which culminates in April, focuses on engaging participating elementary students in research and practice of specific cultural activities. The … [Read more...] about Meet Jean Howat Berry – Building Culture Through Community at Cityfolk
Translations: an exploration in birdsong, sound and movement Blue Sky Project When first perusing this press release, I was not really certain into which section of DaytonMostMetro.com to place this article. When I first spoke with fellow onStageDayton contributor Rodney Veal about this, my assumption was that this project he was so excited about would be featured in the "oSD" section. Maybe, however, it belongs in the "Dayton Music" section as the project prominently features a very accomplished violinist, Shaw Pong Lui from Boston, participating through a residency here in the Gem City … [Read more...] about Music. Dance. Hiking Boots?
Street Fair is Coming! Plans for summer events are really brewing around Yellow Springs. The Chamber is full of signs ready to go out and huge maps of booth positions. Artists are dropping in with questions. You can feel the energy in the air. Street Fair is coming June 11th 9 a.m.-5 p.m.! Everywhere I turn, artists are working feverishly to get a booth full of pottery, sculpture, paintings, hand-crafted clothes, bags or unique jewelry ready for you. One of my favorites is Jennifer Float’s booth with her colorful and whimsical paintings. Jenny is a happy painter. She has a very … [Read more...] about Yellow Springs Street Fair is Coming!
The University of Dayton will be taking over the Schuster Center on Tuesday, April 5th, for their annual Celebration of the Arts performance. Where else can you experience eighteen different arts ensembles in under 2 hours? And even better - it's free! The evening will feature performances by University of Dayton music, theater and dance students as well as visual arts displays in the lobby. Burt Saidel, arts reviewer for The Oakwood Register, and Georgie Woessner, general manager of WDPR-FM, will serve as masters of ceremonies. The evening begins at 6:30 pm in the Wintergarden with a … [Read more...] about A&E on a Budget: UD Presents Free Arts Performance
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved dance. I used to dance in front of the mirror, the kitchen floor, my front porch or on the school yard in front of my peers. I even used to dance in front of the television with my little “dance crew” while the TV was in the off position and watch my reflection as my crew and I did the Snake and the Running Man dance to the Hip Hop sounds of Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, MC Hammer and A Tribe Called Quest. When I look back I can’t think of what was louder, my bright pink polka dot shirt with coordinating suspenders, or the speakers shaking … [Read more...] about Artists Dance their Way into Dayton for Cityfolks “Rise Up to Dance” Performance at Stivers
Hip-Hop Dance Fitness Class For Youth There are many problems facing today’s youth, not the least of which childhood obesity as well as being in the viselike grip of an apathetic technology. It is not enough to buy your children yet another diversion from the real world, such a Wii Fit, or to try and interest them in an activity that holds little charm against the instant gratification of a computer screen and a bag of Doritos. There has to be something that will not only hold a short attention span, but is uniquely positive, not only to build a physically fit body, but also to build a sense … [Read more...] about Dance It Out
...a conversation with Chris Erk The Tap Factor Dayton is a tap town. There, I said it. Most people in this city and region probably had no clue, and yet this is another thing that Dayton should be really proud about. It's been a whirlwind of a year for tap dance in Dayton. First, we come to the painful realization that Sharon Leahy and Rick Good's RHYTHM IN SHOES was closing up shop after 20-some years...but then we start hearing news of other amazing dance projects in the works. We hear of South Park resident Kandee Thacker-Mann (who had performed with the legendary Savion Glover) … [Read more...] about Move On…