In 1968 Jeraldyne Blunden, a talented dancer and teacher, was determined to make her hometown a cultural center for dance. Her determination became reality with the birth of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. For more than 40 years, DCDC has performed in front of diverse audiences at local, national, and international levels. The Dance Company is also known for producing and archiving the largest collection of dance works by African American artists. When its artists are not performing, they give back to the Dayton community through an outreach program to local school students. In addition, DCDC offers public dance lessons, and prepares aspiring dancers for professional dance through the company’s apprenticeship program, DCDC2. The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a cultural treasure that embodies and builds upon Dayton’s rich artistic legacy.