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April 24, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis. ? On Saturday, May 4, Viterbo University will proudly present Modern Dance Masterclasses with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in the Fine Arts Center Dance Studio.

Beginner classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and intermediate classes will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A $3 per person fee is due at the door. Space in the Modern Dance Masterclasses is limited. Reservations can be made by calling 608-796-3737. All classes are held in the Dance Studio, located on the 1st floor of the Fine Arts Center.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is rooted in African American experience. Since the late ’80s, the company has toured almost every state and traveled internationally to Russia, Germany, France, Poland, Korea, Bermuda, and Canada. With swirls of dancers in colorful costumes, explosive music, and intense but fluid moves, the company interprets modern dance and ballet into stories of humanity-making dance a living art that is easy to understand.

Ohio native Jeraldyne Blunden, who died in 1999, founded the company in 1968. Kevin Ward became her successor. It is one of the oldest modern dance companies in Ohio and one of the largest of its kind between Chicago and New York City.

The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is sponsored by Marshall Field’s and supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is also a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.

Dayton Dance Company comes to Viterbo as part of the Bright Star Season. They will perform in Fine Arts Center Main Theatre on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24. For more information, call the Viterbo Box Office at 796-3100 or email

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