Dayton dance company to take over Courthouse Square

June 8, 2018 by  

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) is looking to bring its art to the streets.

This Saturday, the company will take over the Courthouse Square on Main and Third streets to present ‘Street Beats’, which is a free performance. The event is a great opportunity for those looking to get a glimpse at what contemporary dance has to offer, or who are just looking to kick off the summer with something different.

The company currently features a cast of 13 dancers, both male and female, and predominately African-American. DCDC’s performances include both accessible, ground-level shows like Street Beats and more avant-garde work. As a part of local culture, dance companies often rely on methods like poster printing and flyer printing to get the word out. Taking it to the streets is another way to raise awareness of one of Dayton’s enduring institutions.

DCDC, a Dayton institution, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1968 by Geraldyne Bluden. A half century later, dance still runs in the family, as Bluden’s daughter Debbie serves as the company’s artistic director. Street Beats is a brief stop back in Dayton in the midst of a whirlwind touring season that sees the company travel as far as Russia and Kazakhstan. The following weekend, they will be in Durham, North Carolina for the American Dance Festival.