This weekend, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will present a world premiere performance of An Evening of Ellington, which will feature the music of Duke Ellington performed by the University of Dayton's jazz ensemble.  Choreographer Alvin Rangel and DCDC's Jay Peterson joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for conversation about the show.

An Evening of Ellington is Saturday, April 18th at the Dayton Masonic Center

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The timeless story of Peter Pan will be coming to the Schuster Center in a combined presentation by Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.  Conductor Neil Gittleman and artistic director Karen Russo Burke joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the staging of Peter Pan and shared some of the musical score.

Peter Pan is March 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. 

In early 2015, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will debut a new work choreographed by Kiesha Lalama.  Heart Shakes is based on the music of the Alabama Shakes and tells the story of different phases of a relationship through dance.  Lalama visited the WYSO studios along with DCDC's Jay Peterson to talk about the work, which is making its world premiere in Dayton.

DCDC will present Heart Shakes on January 31st at the Victoria Theater.

Sharon Leahy and Rick Good On Dance For Camera

Apr 23, 2014

Dancer, director, choreographer, and musician Sharon Leahy came by the WYSO studios April 22nd with Musician and Composer Rick Good to talk about their new film, Carry it on. Carry it on is a Dance for Camera film shot in Michigan featuring several local film makers. Tune in as Sharon and Rick talk about the beginnings of the film, the music creation process, and their new band The Elements. You’ll also get to listen to two fantastic songs from their film!

courtesy of Muse Machine

Every summer Muse Machine produces a song and dance revue spotlighting the most talented student singers, dancers and musicians in the Greater Dayton area.  Next week they'll do it again.  Here Muse Machine Executive Director Luke Dennis visits the WYSO studios to give Niki Dakota a preview of the show.