Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
ADF Commissioned World Premiere!
Working with some of the world's most renowned choreographers, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company holds the world's largest archive of classic African-American dance works and one of the largest of any kind among contemporary dance companies. Noteworthy choreographers who have worked with the company over four decades include Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Bill T. Jones, José Limón, Donald McKayle, Ray Mercer, Bebe Miller, and Doug Varone. DCDC's March 2016 performance of Donald McKayle's "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" (originally set on the company as part of ADF's Black Traditions in American Modern Dance program and featured in the Emmy Award-winning "Free to Dance"), produced by Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, was recognized by The New York Dance and Performance Awards and received a 2016 "Bessie" award for Outstanding Revival. In 2012 the company embarked on the New Works Project for the creation of new dance work by world-leading choreographers and emerging choreographers of great promise. Work to be performed includes "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," "This I Know For Sure...," "Awassa Astrige/Ostrich," and a new ADF commissioned work by 2017 "Bessie" award winning choreographer Abby Zbikowski.