Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for dancers of color. 50+ years later, it remains rooted in the African-American experience, committed to the development of diverse movement artists on the global stage.
DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic execution, dance precision, and story-telling through dance art of international standards. 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 Shanghai, China; Kazakhstan; and the Bolshoi in Moscow, Russia. They were the 2016 NYC Bessie Award co-winner for Outstanding Revival for their work performed at Lincoln Center presented by Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. In 2018, they received the Irma Lazarus Award at the Ohio Governor’s Awards for the Arts. 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. During the 2019-2020 season, DCDC performed in the Dayton region and at Lincoln Center (NYC), The Joyce Theatre (NYC), Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Bermuda.