Fan literally gets a “Sparkle” for 100th birthday

Dance company to present free show in June.

It is not every day that a 50-year-old dance company’s biggest fan turns 100.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company didn't let the moment pass by.

In celebration of Clayton resident Harold Prigozen's 100th birthday May 14, dancer Sheri "Sparkle" Williams gave him a concert poster signed by DCDC dancers.

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He's a big, big fan," Jay L. Peterson, DCDC's director of marketing and special events, told this news organization. "We thought we'd take our number one dancer to meet with our  number one fan.

Williams, an Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award winner in 2014, has danced with DCDC 44 years.

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Prigozen has not only made his mark on Dayton’s arts community. He’s also inspired its food.

Harold's Grilled Cheese at Jimmie's Ladder 11 in Dayton is named for Prigozen.

It comes between Texas toast topped with pepper jack, Swiss, cheddar, provolone and American cheese for $7. Diners have the choice of tomato, pickle and onions. Bacon is $1 more.

The restaurant's Dr. Saidel's Salad is named for his good friend Burt Saidel.

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Most of  DCDC’s dancers are currently performing in Europe.

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As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, DCDC will present a free summer concert called Street Beats 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 9 at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

It will feature performance by DCDC, its training company DCDC2 and a list of guest artists that includes the  Miami Valley Dance Company and Xclusive Dance Crew.

A work choreographed by DCDC Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs to Stevie Wonder's "Shining Star" will be performed as well as a work titled "No Exit" by MVDC co-director Lily Seitter.

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