In partnership with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Chaminade Julienne was able to put a little more spring into its traditional whole-school Spring Speaker presentation in early May.
Performers from DCDC presented "Step Up: Dancing our way to inclusion," one of the company's signature lecture demonstrations, in front of all students in the auditorium May 3. Lecture demonstrations are part of the organization's lineup of educational outreach programs. The narrated, theme-based performances feature audience engagement and a question and answer segment.
"Rooted in the African-American experience, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education," reads the organization's mission statement.
The 45-minute presentation at CJ made use of dance and the spoken word to educate students about topics such as diversity, cultural awareness, and inclusion in relation to issues including racism, sexism, bullying and more. The performance incorporated forms of music, modern dance and poetry to illustrate lessons on the dangers of stereotyping and the importance of acceptance.
To learn more about DCDC, visit the company's Web site www.dcdc.org.