Local arts group makes Huffington Post’s best of 2016 list 

A Dayton arts group’s award-winning performance in New York theater has been named one of the best of 2016.  

Juan Michael Porter II, an arts & culture writer for The Huffington Post, lists Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s March performances of “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder” at Lincoln Center in Manhattan among the best dance performances of 2016.

The New York Times gave the company a shout-out for the performance earlier this year. 

Dayton residents can see DCDC’s take on Rainbow for themselves at 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 4 p.m. March 5 at the Victoria Theatre, 138 North Main St.

New York-based choreographer Ray Mercer’s “Vantage Points: A Read Between the Lines” is also on the program. 

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Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performed “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder” at Lincoln Center in March 2016. The troupe will reprise the work at its “Vantage Points: A Read Between the Lines” concert March 4 and 5, 2017 at the Victoria Theatre. CONTRIBUTED

For its New York performance of “Rainbow,” DCDC was co-recipient of a prestigious NYC Bessie Award in the category of outstanding revival.

It shared the award with “Rainbow” creator Donald McKayle and Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance of NYC. 

Porter recognizes nine shows in his article in random order. 

Excerpt about DCDC: 

“ In Rainbow, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company made clear why it is necessary to demand that Black Lives matter; because for too long they have not. Like Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, this is a piece that should be seen every year.”

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