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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Brings Highest Praise to University Memphis University News
For release: October 11, 2010

For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson (901) 678-4164

Preserving and performing the choreography of African-American dance artists, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, DCDC for short, has achieved wide recognition for its ability to present contemporary dance of the highest caliber to the broadest possible audience. The College of Communication and Fine Arts will present DCDC at the U of M's Rose Theatre on November 10 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For ticket information, call (901) 678-2350.

DCDC is the oldest modern dance company in Ohio and one of the largest companies of its kind between Chicago and New York. The Company’s performances seek to reach beyond borders uniting diverse audiences and providing a common ground for empathy, imagination, and the will to carry through. 

Highest Praise is an inspiring and heartfelt work of art, accompanied by a live gospel choir from Memphis' New Olivet Baptist Church and the University of Memphis Gospel Singers, directed by Allen F. Todd, II, as well as U of M dancers. Also featured is choreographer Donald Byrd’s J Lawrence Paint (Harriet Tubman Remix) based on a series of Jacob Lawrence paintings. Earnestine Jenkins, U of M associate professor of art history will give a free pre-performance lecture about the work of Jacob Lawrence by at 7 p.m.

Company members will hold a community master class on Monday, November 8 at 4 p.m. Please register here to participate.

The events are made possible in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, South Arts, National Endowment for the Arts and the U of M Student Event Allocation Committee.

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