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6-5-1: Debbie Blunden-Diggs

By 651 ARTS on March 18, 2016

In an effort to help our audience know more about the artists 651 ARTS presents, we have developed the 6-5-1 Interview—six questions, five minutes, one artist. This interview spotlights Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs.

  1. What’s your morning routine?
    • I’m not really a morning person so I keep it as simple as possible.  Up, in the shower, and out the door in 40 minutes, if possible. I try to get to my office before 8:30am, while it’s still quiet, so I can plan my day which is always subject to change.
  2. What’s your fondest memory of being a Black child?
    • Sitting in church on Sunday mornings. There is nothing like going to church on a hot August morning watching the big bosomed church ladies wearing their big church hats and too much perfume (I can still smell it) while swaying from side to side singing Amazing Grace, fanning themselves as the sweat drips profusely down their face, neck, and then down their backs, turning around between verses to SHUSH us and tell us to stop kicking our feet.
  3. How do you define Classically Black?
    • I think classically black is combining our past and present to create a look, a sound, and a feel that captures who we are.  It creates a framework that showcases our essence by weaving the legacies that were left to us with our present day energy. Creating an undeniable presence that is empowered by everything that we are.
  4. If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why?
    • Italy. I love the way the culture seems to drip with passion. I really want to experience that up close and personal.
  5. What’s going to be fly, fresh and fun about being a Black person in 50 years?
    • I think watching the evolution of some of our greatest accomplishments being accepted as main stream offerings rather than BLACK offerings.
  6. How do you love?
    • I love full out without condition until it knocks me down.  Then I get back up and start all over again.


651 ARTS would like to thank Debbie Blunden-Diggs for answering our six questions that give a better glimpse of the artists we present. Stay tuned for more artist interviews. Keep up with 651 ARTS by following us on Facebook and Twitter by clicking on the links to the right.

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