Thursday, August 28, 2014

Week 1 Announcements: August 27-31

WELCOME BACK!

Welcome and welcome back to all of the students, faculty and staff who make up the OSU Department of Dance! 

This is the OSU Dance weekly blog blast, our medium for announcing important administrative information, job openings, internship listings, funding opportunities, masterclasses, auditions, academic deadlines, and more, so be sure to read it each week. 

You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with all of the goings-on in the department. And check out the new "Upcoming Events" tab at the top of this page for a quick list of departmental events this year. 

NEWS + UPDATES

Casting auditions will take place this Saturday, August 30 for Dance Downtown, Drums Downtown, and the spring Repertory Company. Registration starts at 9am; the audition runs from 10-12pm. 

Sullivant Opening Updates: There are still opportunities to get involved with Sullivant's Travels and the Alumni Reunion taking place on September 20-21. Email Susan Petry if you are interested in being an usher for the performances, and email Dori if you'd like to volunteer during the alumni events. 

Photo by Nick Fancher


AROUND + OFF CAMPUS


August 25-October 3: Tracers Takes Over at Hopkins Hall Gallery. 

August 30: Claire Porter performs Prepositions and a Piano at Ohio Wesleyan University

September 4-5: Symposium "Blurring Boundaries without Burning Bridges" in the Department of Theatre.

September 17: Jingle composer Martin O'Donnell speaks at Weigel Hall Auditorium.


HIGHLIGHTED COURSE OFFERINGS: AU 14


There is still room in some amazing course offerings this fall in the Department of Dance, including 
Contact the instructor for more information. 

And, in the Barnett Center: 
  • Graduate Student Think Tank: This year-long think tank will collaborate with the King Arts Complex (located downtown) to develop organizational and management structures, envision new uses for their building, assess their relationship to the larger Columbus community, develop new business structures, revenue streams, and a succession plan to steward this historic theater for future generations. Credit is available through an Arts Management Internship (8191.01). Class will meet two hours each week at a time to be determined by the participants. Email Sonia BasSheva Manhon, Director of the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, for application and more information.

PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Opera Columbus audition: Audition for Opera Columbus' 2014-2015 season! OC is casting for Opera Goes to School, its educational tour, and to sing in the Pagliacci chorus with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. More information available here.

Buck-I-SERV: Applications are now available for 2015's Buck-I-SERV. Undergrads, grads, faculty and staff are invited to apply to serve, lead, or advise trips. More information available here.

International exchange opportunity for SP 15: Apply to attend Taipei National University of the Arts as an international exchange student this spring! The application is due October 31. More information can be found here. You can also contact 2nd Year PhD Joda Lee, who attended TNUA, if you'd like to know more about the school.

International Association of Blacks in Dance: The 27th Annual IABD Conference will be held in Cleveland from January 21-25, 2015. Early bird registration ends October 31. Learn more about the conference here.

HEALTH + WELLNESS

The Department of Dance is very fortunate to offer its dancers injury prevention and care strategies through the Program for Performing Arts Medicine. Physical Therapist Mariah Nierman offers an easy self-care strategy for easing into the semester:
  • Self Release with tennis ball: Place tennis ball under calf muscle. Use your arms and opposite leg to support your body weight and roll up and down over the tennis ball. Make sure you reach all parts of the muscle, top/bottom, in/out, but avoid the Achilles tendon. Perform for 3-5 minutes for each leg. 
Learn more about the resources offered for the care and prevention of injuries and schedules appointments on the Dance Wellness page of the OSU Dance website. 

Counseling and Consultation Services provides comprehensive services to OSU students. Visit their website or call 614-292-5766 to learn more about individual and group therapy, workshops, and outreach.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

Professor Rodney A. Brown taught this summer at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. Check out this great photo of Professor Brown in action.

Summertime Across the Globe: Members of the department danced all over the globe this summer! Check out the following blogs to learn more about their travels: 
Globetrot on WOSU: Professors Bebe Miller and Mitchell Rose appeared on WOSU's Broad and High this summer to speak about the process of making their international acclaimed dance film, Globe Trot. Check out their interview, and watch the full film below!


FINAL WORD 

"The message of Globe Trot is that people, all over the world, are equal." 
--Mitchell Rose, Assistant Professor, Department of Dance

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Week 18 Announcements: May 2-May 8, 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! This week's blog features openings listed in Professional Opportunities.

 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

 KUDOS & SHOUT-OUTS 
Congratulations to the class of 2014!!!

If you would like to share any events on the OSUDance Blog, send information to Sarah Levitt at levitt.40 by Wednesday evening for inclusion in the following weekend's blog post.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Week 17 Announcements: April 25-May 1, 2014

This week's blog features Masterclasses, Professional Opportunities, and more!

 SPECIAL EVENTS 
OhioDance Showcase: Moving Work. Saturday, April 26, 2014. 7:00pm at the BalletMet Performance Space. This showcase features professional companies and choreographers, inclusind several alumni of the OSU Department of Dance. From the Northeast: Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre, Or Sagi-Woodson of Verb Ballets,and Falon Baltzell, Robin Prichard, and Shannon Sterne. From Columbus: Leigh Lotocki in collaboration with Amanda Platt, Kevin Estes, and Johnny Mendoza; Jeffrey Fouch. From the Southeast: Diane Germaine; college choreographer, Joy Gross, and dancers from University of Akron dance program. There will be a special presentation by guest artist, Bill Evans. OhioDance Awards will be presented to Mary Verdi-Fletcher for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dance artform and Kelly Berick for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education at the Moving Works Showcase.

Dance Connection: Adrenaline. Sunday, April 27, 2014. 2:00pm and 7:30pm at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. $5, or FREE with a BUCK ID. Come support the broader OSU dance community by going to see Adrenalin, a show by the student group Dance Connection, which includes many people pursuing a Minor in Dance.

Masterclass with Rennie Harris' RHAW. Saturday, May 3, 2014. 10:30am-12:00pm at Contemporary Dance Theater Studios. In a society where hip hop is often portrayed as a violent, undisciplined counterculture, RHAW deconstructs popular perception of this medium, expanding and challenging the boundaries and definitions of hip hop in general. As hip hop continues to be chosen as the modern generation’s medium of expression, RHPM works to honor its history, explore its ideas, and further its contributions to the surrounding community. $15 for students. Register now

 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

 KUDOS & SHOUT-OUTS 
Check out the final works of this semester's Dance Film class! These students worked under Professor Mitchell Rose, learning the fundamentals of digital recording and editing: Stephanie OssowskiJessica Cavender, Christopher ChuShannon DrakeAlex McGee, and Film Studies major Catherine Elicson.

If you would like to share any events on the OSUDance Blog, send information to Sarah Levitt at levitt.40 by Wednesday evening for inclusion in the following weekend's blog post.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Week 16 Announcements: April 18-24, 2014

This week's blog features Special Events, Professional Opportunities, and more!

 SPECIAL EVENTS 
America to China and Back. April 17-18, 2014. 8:00pm at the Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St.The Department of Dance presents America to China and Back, a stateside reprise of the contemporary dance program performed by Ohio State dance students led by Susan Van Pelt Petry in China in March. The dancers were part of a larger group of Ohio State students - including the Jazz Ensemble and a Beat-box Club - who traveled to China to share their unique American art forms with audiences in cities and universities there. Their trip was partially funded by a grant awarded to the Center of American Culture collaboratively directed by Ohio State and Wuhan University (WHU) in Hubei Province. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 OSU faculty / staff / students (w ID) and children. Discounted tickets may only be purchased via the Ohio State Theatre Box Office: 614 292-2295. Tickets also available online via Ticketmaster.

Taking Back the Short End. April 18-19, 2014. 7:00pm on Friday, April 18, and 2:00pm on Saturday, April 19, at Skylab - 57 E. Gay St. Taking Back the Short End will be a unique, intimate experience for viewing dance, as the audience will occupy the same close-quarters as the performers. Apres moi, le deluge, by Paige Phillips, is constructed as surreal vignettes whose imagery is pulled from the choreographer’s recurring dreams about floods and tsunamis. Aesthetics are inspired by Francisco Goya’s series of paintings about the supernatural. Abby Zbikowski’s new work, Unstable Stable, addresses chaos and collision head on. This new project was originally conceived for 16 dancers, a number that dwindled down to 4 due of successive extenuating circumstances. The final work is a demonstration of how we try to find coherence, security, and purpose throughout the process of dealing with variables that are out of our control. Admission is $5, cash only. 

Department Informance. Monday, April 21, 2014. 1:00pm at the Barnett Theater. See work from this semester's classes and independent projects. Susan Petry will share end-of-the-year announcements, shout outs, and accolades! If you would like to share your work, contact Ani Javian at javian.1. Showings should not exceed 10 minutes for a class or 5 minutes for a single person.

Presentation of BFA Senior Projects. Tuesday, April 22, 2014. 12:30 in Sullivant Hall Studio 247. Please come and see what our amazing BFA seniors have been up to this year, as well as celebrate in their achievements.

OhioDance Showcase: Moving Work. Saturday, April 26, 2014. 7:00pm at the BalletMet Performance Space. This showcase features professional companies and choreographers, inclusind several alumni of the OSU Department of Dance. From the Northeast: Bill Wade of Inlet Dance Theatre, Or Sagi-Woodson of Verb Ballets,and Falon Baltzell, Robin Prichard, and Shannon Sterne. From Columbus: Leigh Lotocki in collaboration with Amanda Platt, Kevin Estes, and Johnny Mendoza; Jeffrey Fouch. From the Southeast: Diane Germaine; college choreographer, Joy Gross, and dancers from University of Akron dance program. There will be a special presentation by guest artist, Bill Evans. OhioDance Awards will be presented to Mary Verdi-Fletcher for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dance artform and Kelly Berick for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education at the Moving Works Showcase

Dance Connection: Adrenaline. Sunday, April 27, 2014. 2:00pm and 7:30pm at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. $5, or FREE with a BUCK ID. Come support the broader OSU dance community by going to see Adrenalin, a show by the student group Dance Connection, which includes many people pursuing a Minor in Dance.


 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 
Festivals and Conferences
OhioDance: Dance Matters

Intensives
Repertory Dance Theatre - Gaga with Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk

Calls for Proposals
Hopkins Hall Gallery Summer Exhibition

Openings
Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Linguistics
Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Communications

Higher Education
Visiting Assistant Professor: Reed College

 KUDOS & SHOUT-OUTS 
Check out the Dance cameo of the China Ensemble in this video promoting Team Buckeye and the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. Great work!

If you would like to share any events on the OSUDance Blog, send information to Owen David at david.82 by Wednesday evening for inclusion in the following weekend's blog post.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Week 15 Announcements: April 11-17, 2014

This week's blog features Special Events, Professional Opportunities, and more!

 SPECIAL EVENTS 
Sneak PeekApril 10-12, 2014. 8:00pm, with additional 3:00pm matinee on April 12, in the Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall. The show features the senior projects of bachelor of fine arts (BFA) candidates, as well as works created by other undergraduate and graduate dance students. Sneak Peek will be the first dance concert in the new Barnett Theatre, a 180-seat, black-box theatre on the historic building’s third floor. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 Ohio State faculty, staff, Alumni Association members, senior citizens, students and children. Advance tickets are available through the Ohio State theatre box office at (614) 292-2295. For more information, visit dance.osu.edu.

PREAMBLE: A Senior Process. April 14-15, 2014. 12:300pm on Monday, April 14, and 6:00pm on Tuesday, April 15, in the Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall. PREAMBLE is an informal showing of BFA senior Clara Martinez' choreographic work, based on the practices of rehearsing dance projects. It consists of five soloists (Josh Hines, Gracie Millette, Aimee Heslop, Ella Matweyou, and Stacy Shelts), who will be performing their solos in a loop at the above times.

Taking Back the Short End. April 18-19, 2014. 7:00pm on Friday, April 18, and 2:00pm on Saturday, April 19, at Skylab - 57 E. Gay St. Taking Back the Short End will be a unique, intimate experience for viewing dance, as the audience will occupy the same close-quarters as the performers. Apres moi, le deluge, by Paige Phillips, is constructed as surreal vignettes whose imagery is pulled from the choreographer’s recurring dreams about floods and tsunamis. Aesthetics are inspired by Francisco Goya’s series of paintings about the supernatural. Abby Zbikowski’s new work, Unstable Stable, addresses chaos and collision head on. This new project was originally conceived for 16 dancers, a number that dwindled down to 4 due of successive extenuating circumstances. The final work is a demonstration of how we try to find coherence, security, and purpose throughout the process of dealing with variables that are out of our control. Admission is $5, cash only. 

America to China and Back. April 17-18, 2014. 8:00pm at the Riffe Center Studio Two Theatre, 77 S. High St.The Department of Dance presents America to China and Back, a stateside reprise of the contemporary dance program performed by Ohio State dance students led by Susan Van Pelt Petry in China in March. The dancers were part of a larger group of Ohio State students - including the Jazz Ensemble and a Beat-box Club - who traveled to China to share their unique American art forms with audiences in cities and universities there. Their trip was partially funded by a grant awarded to the Center of American Culture collaboratively directed by Ohio State and Wuhan University (WHU) in Hubei Province. Tickets are $20 general admission; $15 senior citizens; $10 OSU faculty / staff / students (w ID) and children. Discounted tickets may only be purchased via the Ohio State Theatre Box Office: 614 292-2295. Tickets also available online via Ticketmaster.


 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Auditions

Repertory Dance Theater, Salt Lake City UT

Openings
Dance Instructor Position, Solon OH
Camp Counselor/Head of Dance, Pine Forest Camp in PA

Intensives
Take Root Dance Intensive, Oakland University

Conferences
Call for Presentations, Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity, Tuscany Italy
Dance Teacher Summit, NYC



If you would like to share any events on the OSUDance Blog, send information to Owen David at david.82 by Wednesday evening for inclusion in the following weekend's blog post.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Week 14 Announcements: April 4-10, 2014

This week's blog features Special Events, Professional Opportunities, and more!

 SPECIAL EVENTS 
Sneak PeekApril 10-12, 2014. 8:00pm, with additional 3:00pm matinee on April 12, in the Barnett Theatre, Sullivant Hall. The show features the senior projects of bachelor of fine arts (BFA) candidates, as well as works created by other undergraduate and graduate dance students. Sneak Peek will be the first dance concert in the new Barnett Theatre, a 180-seat, black-box theatre on the historic building’s third floor. Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 Ohio State faculty, staff, Alumni Association members, senior citizens, students and children. Advance tickets are available through the Ohio State theatre box office at (614) 292-2295. For more information, visit dance.osu.edu.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Presents: Synchronicity. Saturday, April 5 - Sunday, April 6, 2014. 7:30pm and 3:00pm, NCR Renaissance Auditorium, Dayton. In proud collaboration with its university partners, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company presents a fusion of dance and live instrumentalists and singers from the University of Dayton, Central State University, and Wright State University. Along with community partners, The Khalid Moss Trio featuring Eddie Brookshire on base and Derrick Turner on drums and South Dayton Dance Theatre. Synchronicity presents on stage the dynamism of their collaborative relationships. Synchronicity, then, is a confluence in time and endeavor, whether musical, choreographic, or institutional. The last and, most crucial ingredient is you, the audience!

Professional Communications Skills Workshop. Tuesday, April 8, 2014. 6:00pm in the Student Life Multicultural Center, Ohio Union. Do you have skills and experience that no one knows about? Are you afraid of coming across too strong?  Want to establish yourself as a credible prospective employee, but don't know how to do this without coming across as a pompous egomaniac? You put your heart & soul into everything you do. You have valuable talents & capabilities. If only people could just see this! The Student Life Multicultural Center is pleased to welcome Merri Bame, from BDB Communication, for a workshop presentation that will help you to speak with confidence while maintaining your humility, and without compromising yourself. Tips and tools will be provided that will assist in developing your professional communication skills. Whether you'd like to strengthen your interview presentation skills, look more confident and credible, define your core message, or organize your thoughts, this workshop will offer you the practical skills you need to succeed in this competitive internship and job market.

Institutional Review Board Training. Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-6:30pm, 160 Jennings Hall. Are you interested in working with human subjects or their data in your research?
Do you need IRB approval? Not sure? Doing research that involves human subjects requires prior approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Come learn about the approval process, and know the rules before you start!


 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Auditions
Auditions, The School of Toronto Dance Theater

Grants, Awards, and Funding
Tally Hart First Generation Student Emergency Fund

Research Opportunities
Undergraduate Research Opportunity: Political Communication

Summer Undergraduate Research

Wanted: 
Tango Practice Partner
Mark Degarmo & Dancers Teaching Artist in Dance & Creativity


 KUDOS & SHOUT-OUTS 

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the inaugural Graduate Student Concert last Monday, with a special shout out to Graduate Rep and organizing force Ani Javian. The show was an exciting success and begins what will hopefully be along lasting tradition of making and showing work! 

If you would like to share any events on the OSUDance Blog, send information to Owen David at david.82 by Wednesday evening for inclusion in the following weekend's blog post.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Week 13 Announcements: March 28-April 3, 2014

This week's blog features Special Events, Professional Opportunities, and more!

 SPECIAL EVENTS 
Graduate Research Forum. Monday, March 31, 2014. 12:30-2:00 in Sullivant 220. Come see presentations from graduate students on the research that they are conducting here.

Graduate Choreography Showing: Monday Night Dances. Monday, March 31, 2014. 7:30 at Barnett Theater in Sullivant Hall, with a pre-show reception at 7:00. Rough works in progress, shown with no theatrical lighting and limited seating. Free and open to the public.

The Faun Experiment. Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 4:30pm at the US Bank Theatre, Ohio Union. Gregg Morzgala is expected to be in a wheelchair at age 40, disabled by Cerebral Palsy. Instead, he embarks on a dance  project with choreographer Tamar Rogoff. The Faun Experiment is a documentary film is shot over four years as Rogoff and Mozgala work to create a performance piece that changes Mozgala’s life. Through a process Rogoff invents as they go, Mozgola's heels touch the ground for the first time in his life. The limits of the human body turn out to be not so fixed, and the medical and disability worlds take notice. As the pair discover resources they didn’t know they had, art overturns science. Join Tamar and Gregg for the Ohio premier of this compelling story.

 PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Auditions
OSU 2015 MFA Works. Saturday, March 29, 2014. 10:00-12:00pm in Studio 390, Sullivant Hall.

Grants, Awards, and Funding
Graduate Career Development Grant. Deadline April 4, 2014.

Intensives
International Dance Festival - Silicon Valley. Mountain View CA
Aerial Dance Intensive at Michigan Tech
Intensive Reformer Course at Oncore Body Center. Dulbin OH

Higher Ed.
Assistant Professor of Dance (2 positions), Southern Utah University

 ADMINISTRATIVE NOTES & REMINDERS 
Last Wednesday, members of our community who wished to do so came together in the Barnett Theater to form a circle of silent remembrance for Melissa Bontempo. For many, this was more than a consoling experience; it was literally and figuratively centering. Therefore, we have cleared permission for the remainder of the semester to continue this practice every Wednesday at noon in the Barnett Theatre. We envision it as a departmental practice that extends beyond our collective grieving for Melissa and embraces our individual and collective needs to simply come together. We have named the practice "Collecting Ourselves." Please feel free to come or stay away. In any case, it offers a very short window of silence, beginning at about 12:05 and ending by about 12:10 pm.

 KUDOS & SHOUT-OUTS 

Congratulations to all the dancers that presented their research at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. As always, the Department of Dance gave a strong showing, with BFA Seniors Lauren Bedal, Kat Sauma, and Tyisha Nedd sweeping first, second, and third place prizes in the category of Arts and Architecture. Also presenting their work and representing the world of dance were: Jenn Clancy, Kerry Dibble, Clara Martinez, Ella Matweyou, Elyse Morckel, and Theresa Niermeyer. Well done! 

If you would like to share any events on the OSUDance Blog, send information to Owen David at david.82 by Wednesday evening for inclusion in the following weekend's blog post.