BLACK EXCELLENCE: Rodney Veal on Countess Winfrey



Dayton has a rich dance heritage, starting with the Schwarz Sisters founding the second oldest regional Ballet company in the country to the world-acclaimed artistry of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Someone who is forging an artist’s path as the next generation of talent in this history is Countess Winfrey.

Countess is a rising artistic star flexing her choreographic muscles with the artistry, intellectual curiosity and expansive vision of someone twice her age. It is not often you get to witness the ascendancy of a major talent, a talent with the humblest of hearts and intellectual prowess this is Countess, and she is the newest jewel in Dayton’s artistic crown. Countess has two projects in the works. One is a dance/music workshop that just received funding from the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District and the other is a site-specific work being presented at the Cincinnati Art Museum in May. Both of these events will allow the community to take in such a phenomenal rising star.

As a performer with the internationally renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company or as an independent artist, Countess represents the future of the arts in Dayton. And I can honestly say we all need to be in the front row of the audience cheering her on.

Rodney Veal is an artist, choreographer and the host of ThinkTV and CET CONNECT, The Art Show.

Black Excellence in the Miami Valley

Jessie Gooding

To conclude Black History Month, we reached out for examples of Black excellence in the Miami Valley as told by members of our communities. Hear from contributors tell the stories of these individuals and organizations, past and present, that exemplify some of the best qualities our region has to offer.

» Marsha Bonhart on Jessie Gooding

» Felicia Chappelle on the H.U.M.A.N. Project

» Rodney Veal on Countess Winfrey

» Shon Curtis on Nozipo Glenn

» Te’Jal Cartwright on Black men healing

» Ryan C. Ivory on Commissioner Dean Lovelace

» Juanita-Michelle on Audrey Norman-Turner

» Dorian Hunter on Sheila Lash Rice