The Dayton Dance Workshop | Transition Gala Kick-Off

The Dayton Dance Workshop | Transition Gala Kick-Off

From The Dayton Dance Workshop Inc.

The Dayton Dance Workshop celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary of dance and performing arts in the Miami valley. Our transition season will commemorate our work in the Performing Arts for Ten-Years!

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Dance moves the soul and engages thought provoking change. That’s what we’ve done here for ten years at the Dayton dance workshop and it all started here!

Since 2010 when we started cultivating dance for families and our first premier performance in 2011 The Dayton Dance Workshop has changed the lives of 100s of new artists in performing arts and moved over 30,000 lives during our productions and performances.

I am Thomas L. Troutman Founder and Artistic Director of The Dayton Dance Workshop and I’m going to share with you how the journey went from my dream, to YOUR Dayton Dance Workshop.

The dream started for me in 2010 as a graduate of Trotwood-Madison High School. I was touring the world as a musician and dancer and I had just finished my first season of professional dance with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

When I finished that first season at DCDC I wanted more. I wanted to create and open opportunities for dancers just like me who started late and wanted to keep growing in dance. Typically dance studios stop training at 17 or 18 years old. 

So I thought to my self…Where do dancers like me go to train like professionals; but in an environment created to express their uniqueness despite “older than usual age?” 

I started choreographing works at churches and in various places like my alma-matter for the rest of 2010 but that still wasn’t enough. 

Thus the Dayton Dance Workshop was given a name and off to the races to sow into other dancers and families like me and my mother. From 2011-2016 We created bonds with our friends and new faces from all over, right here in Trotwood and Dayton; and built a reputation that would move mountains and have us to perform on stages all around Dayton, Cincinnati, and even other states like Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia.

Then came a new wave at DDW with one of our biggest and most engaging works to date ROOTS.

The ROOTS era introduced a partnership with the city of Trotwood and opened a new chapter and new space for DDW. We finished our ROOTS  production right here and immediately started work on Praise Beyond Circumstance…little did I know the weight, wisdom, and irony that season would foreshadow. 

After the success of PBC, the Dayton Dance workshop became a non-profit organization. 

During our time in what I like to call chapter 2, DDW experienced the valley most organizations face at some point on their way to success and healing. And sometimes it’s really dark. 

2016-2018 brought forth challenges that monumentally prepared us for this Transition season. We lost a lot of students and families because hey, time waits for no one and our students grew from the blossoming pioneers of the Dayton Dance Workshop to High School graduates, college freshmen, and now Graduates of some of most sought after performing arts and media institutions in the country.

I know  we’ve heard this a million times “There’s light at the end of the tunnel.” and DDW definitely represents that.

The light brightened our world when we begin our first long term partnership with Trotwood Madison Cities schools in late 2018. This partnership forged a new wave for us and brought Trotwood and Dayton, Ohio the production of the year.

The Wiz premiered as the first production of the new Trotwood Performing Arts program and DDW had the honor of presenting this A+ rated production to students and families right in the heart of our community.

The success of the wiz brought us to our first summer intensive strength and thus brings us to this moment of Transition!

So what’s next? 

I’m glad you asked! As you could imagine, we never anticipated this season ten years ago; but we’ve done something worth celebrating. We have withstood the test of time! 

In this ten year season, we are settling into our new home right here on Main Street in Trotwood and there’s so much to share except it’s too much to explain in this video. 

So…We’re inviting you to our first annual Gala Benefit for the performing arts commemorating our work in the Miami Valley over the last decade and giving you,  a sneak peek into our Transition Anniversary Season. 

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