DAYTON — The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) will present Street Beats, the first dance concert of its new 2014-15 performance season called That’s Entertainment 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd.
Street Beats is a diverse festival concert. The first performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with four performances in all. Food vendors will be open from 5:30 p.m. to closing at 9 p.m.
DCDC’s Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs said, “It has been quite a while since DCDC presented an outdoor concert. Street Beats is long overdue. Carillon Park is the perfect venue. Not only is it still green outside but the park represents the fine legacy of Dayton and its leaders. Street Beats is a celebration of Dayton and in that spirit we are collaborating with Dayton-based Dance Expressions, a dance school, and SMAG, which is run by Michael Groomes, who formerly danced for DCDC.”
For performances 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., DCDC will present an excerpt from Wawa Aba by choreographer Stafford Berry, and Shed by choreographer Kiesha Lalama. Other dance groups will also perform in Street Beats. With DCDC, the dance school Dance Expressions will perform Interactions by DCDC dancer and choreographer Amy Jones.
In another performance, Dance Expressions, the local dance group SMAG, and DCDC will present Hype by DCDC dancer and choreographer Dorse Brown. Local spoken word artist, Jay Martinez, will also perform.
For the activities 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Street Beats offers a host of diversions for children and adults. No less than six stations will be set up to entertain the audience. There is a table for making balloon animals, a magician, face painters, two coloring stations, and one photo table. In addition to a DJ playing music to dance to, there will be a 20-minute on stage exercise routine by DCDC dancer, the indomitable Sheri “Sparkle” Williams as well as a 20-minute performance of hip hop by DCDC dancer Dorse Brown. To top it all off, there will be a raffle, a massage station, and vendors for food and drink.
The sponsors of Street Beats are the union IUE-CWA and the Dayton branch of Huntington Bank. DCDC is very grateful for the sponsorship of these fine organizations.
Get tickets at Ticket Center Stage at 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.