Thursday, January 22, 2015

Week 3 Announcements: January 26-30


NEWS + UPDATES

Kent DeSpain book signing/reading on January 28: Kent De Spain, author and improviser, will be in the department on Wednesday to teach Bebe’s improvisation class. His new book, Landscape of the Now: A Topography of Movement Improvisation (OUP, 2014), will be on sale and available for Kent’s signature immediately following class in the department’s reception area, shortly after his class ends at 5:00 pm.

Inflecting Space is this weekend! OSU's Winter Dance Concert is on January 29-31 in the Barnett Theatre. Featuring work by BFAs Serena Chang, Shannon Drake, Christine Ghinder, Liliana Kane, Cailin Manning, and MFAs Quilan Arnold, Sarah Levitt, Anna Massey, and Brandon Whited. More information.

Audition for the Spring 2016 Brazil Touring Ensemble: Sunday, February 1 from 12-3pm. Please email your application (no more than 2 pages) to Susan Hadley in advance of the audition (preferred) or bring it with you on audition day.

Nominations are open for the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual (student, faculty, or staff) from the College of Arts and Sciences who has generously and unselfishly served others in an effort to promote equity, fairness, and equal opportunities for all members of the university community. Nominations are due by January 30.

Nominations are open for the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which celebrates and rewards diversity efforts on OSU's campus, and the Distinguished Staff Award, which honors 12 staff members for significant leadership, accomplishments, and service to the university. Nominations are due by Monday, February 9th.

GRAD NEWS

Call for proposals: "Dance Under Construction XV: Boundaries, Borders, Bodies" seeks proposals for papers, performed papers, and performances by February 13. Conference dates/location: April 10-11 at UC-Riverside. More information.

Teaching Orientation Facilitator applications available: Each year UCAT hires GTAs with at least two terms of teaching experience to lead sessions for new TAs in August. Compensation ranges from $50-200 per session. More information.

UCAT spring schedule of events is now available. UCAT offers a variety of workshops for GTAs each semester, including sessions on grading, suicide prevention, and presentation skills. More information.

Job postings: University of BuffaloDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportUniversity of North Carolina: Charlotte

More job postings...

UNDERGRAD NEWS

Research Scholar Awards: If you are interested in pursuing faculty-supervised research or creative activities, apply for this one-time, $1000 award from the Undergraduate Research Office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due by the 1st of each month. Information.

The 20th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is accepting abstracts until February 5th at 5pm. Students engaged in research, scholarship, and creative activity are encouraged to submit. More information.

Represent Ohio State in New Zealand this summer! Apply to present your research on climate change, migration, physical and cultural landscapes, identity, indigenous studies, and social structures at the Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Three students will be selected for this all-expenses paid trip. More information. Applications are due Monday, February 9. More information.

Undergraduate Summer Funding Research Awards: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Applications are due February 15. Information.

Study abroad in Hawai'i: The University of Hawai'i at Manoa offers a fall semester study abroad program. Applications are due February 15. Information.

P12 Initiative A Little Goes A Long Way Student Mini-Grants provide funding for six grants (up to $4,000 each) to support student-led, out-of-school positive youth development activities. All Ohio State students are invited to submit proposals with at least one College of Education and Human Ecology student as part of an interdisciplinary team promoting collaboration among colleges, departments and disciplines. Apply by February 17 for the funding period of April 1, 2015-April 1, 2016. More information.

Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships: Studying abroad during your academic career? Visit the Office of International Affairs to learn about grants and scholarships to support study and travel. Information.

Work-study opportunity: An after-school drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness (ages 14-24) seeks work-study eligible students to work as monitors. The center provides youth access to showers, laundry, and a place to rest. Monitors will help maintain the physical environment, interact with clients, and intervene during escalating events. $9/hour, 10-20 hours per week. Requirements: must have already been awarded work-study funds through OSU. Contact Jeana Patterson for more information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: Temple University

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

SFIs are due February 20.

See more funding opportunities...

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART


Dance Italia Summer Dance Intensive: July 20-August 7 in Lucca, Italy. This year's intensive features Forsythe improvisational technique, David Zambrano's Flying Low technique, and Gaga technique and repertory. Early bird and scholarship deadline: February 1. Information.

Site-Specific Creative Residency with Stephan Koplowitz: June 16-29 in Spoleto, Italy. LaMaMa Umbria is now accepting applications for a two-week residency on site-specific performance with Stephen Koplowitz. Applications are due by February 27. More information.

The Divercity Project workshop: Sunday, February 7 from 10-2pm at the Lincoln Theatre. Featuring workshops by Lawrence T. Lemon, Shelley Ridley-Steward, Gamal Brown, and Baila & Serrita Sy. More information.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...

SEE ART

Inflecting Space: OSU's Winter Dance Concert is on January 29-31 in the Barnett Theatre. Featuring work by BFAs Serena Chang, Shannon Drake, Christine Ghinder, Liliana Kane, Cailin Manning, and MFAs Quilan Arnold, Sarah Levitt, Anna Massey, and Brandon Whited. More information.

Jean Kirsten's work at UAS.
Photo by Hilary Nicole Reed.
Watch From Here at Urban Arts Space: Megan Davis and Ani Javian present their culminating MFA projects on February 5-7. Information.

Jean Kirsten: For Laban at Urban Arts Space: Works by German artist Jean Kirsten are featured in an exhibition at UAS through February 6. Information.

Judah Performing Arts Company presents The Divercity Project: Saturday, February 7th at 8pm at the Lincoln Theatre. More information.

Watch From Here in the Barnett Theatre: Rachel Barker, Tammy Carrasco, and Mihwa Koo present their culminating MFA projects on February 19-21. Information.

OhioDance Festival: Registration is now open for the festival, which runs from April 24-26 and features classes, workshops, and performances. This year's guest artist is Liz Lerman. 5% off registration if you sign up before March 1! Information.

More performances...

MAKE ART

Call for Submissions: OSU's Festival of the Finest seeks visual art and performance submissions for this outdoor showcase of art on the Wex plaza on April 17th. Applications are due by February 2. Contact Tori Alesi, the co-chair of this event, with questions. Application.

Call for Submissions: FAME (Future Arts Managers and Entrepreneurs) seeks performance submissions for their first annual "Walk of FAME" on April 18th, featuring performances, art installations, and film by OSU grad and undergrad students. Applications are due by February 19. More information

Call for Proposals: Hopkins Hall Gallery is looking for short-term projects including performances, installations, audience-participatory work, lectures, and public programs or activities for summer 2015. Applications are due February 1. Information.

Call for Proposals: City Center Gallery seeks proposals for group exhibitions to be presented in summer 2015. More information.

AUDITIONS + TEACHING

Andrew Bell Dance Studio seeks an intern for a jazz/pre-ballet class on Thursday nights (beginning 1/21) from 6:45-7:45pm for the next eight weeks. Email Michelle Hartway for more information. Phone: 614-313-1836.

Columbus Dance Theatre auditions: Saturday, February 28th at 10am. CDT seeks male and female apprentices and company members for its 2015-2016 season. More information.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Archiving the Northeast Ohio Underground Music Scene: February 27, 12-1:30pm, Grad/undergrad workshop with panelists Frank Mauceri, Nick Blakey, and Andrew Russ. Cleveland musician Peter Laughner and his wife Charlotte Pressler formed the Black Orchid Society, critical to the punk/new wave music revolution in the 1970's. This panel explores Smog Veil Records' ambitious project to definitively document and archive the music, writing, people, and oral histories in the life and times of Peter Laughner. Course credit is available. More information.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

The one-and-only Ann Sofie Clemmensen has accepted the position of Three-Year Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance! Congratulations, Sofie! 


Sofie in rehearsal. Photo by Molly Morgan.

Kelly Klein, Sarah Levitt and Janet Schoeder have been selected to present their papers at the 29th Annual Hayes Graduate Research Forum on February 20th.

Tammy Carrasco, Sarah Levitt, and Joshua Manculich were selected to present work in the OhioDance Festival on April 26. Congratulations!

Four OSU students were selected for the Columbus Dances Fellowship, an award which supports the creation of new work and provides support in the form of rehearsal space, funding, and feedback. Congratulations to Tammy Carrasco and Sarah Levitt, who will perform their duet Semi-formal, Serena Chang, who will present a quartet called Unfolding Forward, and Ani Javian, who will present a proscenium version of her MFA project Elsewhere. 


Rehearsal for Serena Chang's
Unfolding Forward


E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

PhD candidate Michael J. Morris' e-portfolio focuses on their research and current projects, and features writing on art in Columbus, OH. In Michael's words, "My desire is that this blog contributes to the public life and discourse of dance/performance/art being made today, responding to the work and engaging in critical dialogue about how it comes to matter." You can find Michael's blog here




FINAL WORD

"What attracts us all to this way of leading a life and making work? Maybe it’s more to do with something Meredith Monk shared with me recently, it was a quote from Daniel Nagrin: That dancers are the “cockroaches of the art world.” We can’t be exterminated, we’re just gonna keep coming back. It’s just the way it is. Maybe it’s that mundane, I’m not sure. But there is something about the moving body that, I don’t want to use the word pure, but is kind of profound."
--Ralph Lemon in conversation with Donna Uchizono
Movement's Research's Critical Correspondence





Thursday, January 15, 2015

Week 2 Announcements: January 19-23


NEWS + UPDATES

Audition for the Spring 2016 Brazil Tour: Sunday, February 1 from 12-3pm.

Alexis Wilson and Byron Stripling
Barnett Speaker Series: "The Artist Entrepreneur." Wednesday, January 21 from 4:30-6:00pm in the Collaboratory (141). Alexis Wilson, author, dancer, producer and director, and Byron Stripling, musician, conductor, actor, singer, and artistic director, will talk about what it takes to sustain successful careers as creatives, maintain a family, and continue the creative process. More information.

It's a performance-packed semester! Mark your calendars for
  • Inflecting Space (winter concert) on January 29-31
  • Shared MFA concert Watch From Here on February 5-7 (Megan Davis & Ani Javian) and February 19-21 (Rachel Barker, Tammy Carrasco & Mihwa Koo)
  • Spring Concert on March 27-28
  • Drums Downtown on April 3-4
Nominations are open for the Susan M. Hartmann Mentoring and Leadership Award. The award recognizes an individual (student, faculty, or staff) from the College of Arts and Sciences who has generously and unselfishly served others in an effort to promote equity, fairness, and equal opportunities for all members of the university community. Nominations are due by January 30.

Nominations are open for the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which celebrates and rewards diversity efforts on OSU's campus, and the Distinguished Staff Award, which honors 12 staff members for significant leadership, accomplishments, and service to the university. Nominations are due by Monday, February 9th.

GRAD NEWS

Douglass Scholars Fellowship: The Frederick Douglass Institutes of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) offer teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty and who are entering the final year of terminal degree and/or doctoral programs. Priority consideration date: January 19. More information.

Call for proposals: "Dance Under Construction XV: Boundaries, Borders, Bodies" seeks proposals for papers, performed papers, and performances by February 13. Conference dates/location: April 10-11 at UC-Riverside. More information.

Teaching Orientation Facilitator applications available: Each year UCAT hires GTAs with at least two terms of teaching experience to lead sessions for new TAs in August. Compensation ranges from $50-200 per session. More information.

UCAT spring schedule of events is now available. UCAT offers a variety of workshops for GTAs each semester, including sessions on grading, suicide prevention, and presentation skills. More information.

Job postings: University of BuffaloDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportUniversity of North Carolina: Charlotte

More job postings...

UNDERGRAD NEWS

The Undergraduate Research Office invites you to "Summer In January!" Check out the many events they offer to help you prepare for summer research projects, including information sessions and a research fair. Events begin on January 21. Information.

Undergraduate scholarship applications are due February 6

Represent Ohio State in New Zealand this summer! Apply to present your research on climate change, migration, physical and cultural landscapes, identity, indigenous studies, and social structures at the Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Three students will be selected for this all-expenses paid trip. More information. Applications are due Monday, February 9. More information.
BFAs ('14) Lauren Bedal, Elyse
Morckel, and Ella Matweyou
presenting at Denman last spring

Undergraduate Summer Funding Research Awards: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Applications are due February 15. Information.

The 20th Annual Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is accepting abstracts until February 5th at 5pm. Students engaged in research, scholarship, and creative activity are encouraged to submit. More information.

Work-study opportunity: An after-school drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness (ages 14-24) seeks work-study eligible students to work as monitors. The center provides youth access to showers, laundry, and a place to rest. Monitors will help maintain the physical environment, interact with clients, and intervene during escalating events. $9/hour, 10-20 hours per week. Requirements: must have already been awarded work-study funds through OSU. Contact Jeana Patterson for more information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: Arizona State University

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

SFIs are due February 20.

See more funding opportunities...

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART


Barnett Speaker Series: "The Artist Entrepreneur." Alexis Wilson, author, dancer, producer and director, and Byron Stripling, musician, conductor, actor, singer, and artistic director, will talk about what it takes to sustain successful careers as creatives, maintain a family, and continue the creative process. Their talk will take place on Wednesday, January 21 from 4:30-6:00pm in the Collaboratory (141). More information.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...

SEE ART

Born to Fly screening at Wexner: January 23rd, 7pm. This new documentary by Catherine Gund is a portrait of the "Evel Knievel of Dance," Elizabeth Streb. A conversation with the filmmaker and Elizabeth Streb follows the screening. Check out the trailer here, and buy your tickets here.

Inflecting Space: OSU's Winter Dance Concert is on January 29-31 in the Barnett Theatre. Featuring work by BFAs Serena Chang, Shannon Drake, Christine Ghinder, Liliana Kane, Cailin Manning, and MFAs Quilan Arnold, Sarah Levitt, Anna Massey, and Brandon Whited. More information.

Watch From Here at Urban Arts Space: Megan Davis and Ani Javian present their culminating MFA projects on February 5-7. Information.

Watch From Here in the Barnett Theatre: Rachel Barker, Tammy Carrasco, and Mihwa Koo present their culminating MFA projects on February 19-21. Information.

More performances...

DANCE + ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

Andrew Bell Dance Studio seeks an intern for a jazz/pre-ballet class on Wednesday nights (beginning 1/21) from 5:45-6:45pm for the next eight weeks. Email Michelle Hartway for more information. Phone: 614-313-1836.

International Association of Blacks in Dance conference is January 21-25 in Cleveland. The conference features classes, performances, speakers, panels, and workshops. More information.

Dancing Wheels Company, America's first, professional, physically integrated company, seeks a male dancer for an immediate position. To audition on January 31in Cleveland, please send a letter of interest and head shot to President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, or call (216) 432-0306.

America's Got Talent auditions will take place in a variety of cities in 2015, including Chicago on January 24-25. More information.

Call for Proposals: Hopkins Hall Gallery is looking for short-term projects including performances, installations, audience-participatory work, lectures, and public programs or activities for summer 2015. Applications are due February 1. Information.

Call for Proposals: City Center Gallery seeks proposals for group exhibitions to be presented in summer 2015. More information.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Archiving the Northeast Ohio Underground Music Scene: February 27, 12-1:30pm, Grad/undergrad workshop with panelists Frank Mauceri, Nick Blakey, and Andrew Russ. Cleveland musician Peter Laughner and his wife Charlotte Pressler formed the Black Orchid Society, critical to the punk/new wave music revolution in the 1970's. This panel explores Smog Veil Records' ambitious project to definitively document and archive the music, writing, people, and oral histories in the life and times of Peter Laughner. Course credit is available. More information.

PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE

The Department of Dance is very fortunate to offer its dancers injury prevention and care strategies through the Program for Performing Arts Medicine. This month, physical Therapist Mariah Nierman offers information to address hip tightness:

In our last installment, we addressed how hip hypermobility, excessive joint looseness, is common among dancers and can lead to hip injuries and early onset osteoarthritis. On the other end of spectrum, dancers' hip muscles, not the joint itself, can get very tight. This can be simply because of the high work demand the hip does to pull off the large leg gestures in dancing but also the muscles can become overly tight trying to stabilize a hypermobile hip. Therefore we need to balance hip strengthening with specific hip stretching that ensures we stretch the muscles without overstretching the hip joint itself.

Hip flexor stretch: Kneeling on one knee without leaning forward, tuck pelvis under to stretch front of upper thigh and hip, then maintain tuck and very slightly lunge forward. Make sure back leg is parallel. Hold 30-45 sec. Do 3 times.

Hip flexor stretch

Quad stretch: Pull heel toward buttock until stretch is felt in front of thigh. Make sure the back stays neutral; do not arch back, and knee stays tucked under hip. Hold 30-45 sec. Do 3 times.

Quad stretch

Figure 4 stretch: Cross ankle over the opposite knee then tuck that knee to your chest keeping the crossed over leg’s knee gently pressed away from the body. Hold 30-45 sec. Do 3 times.

Figure 4 stretch

Foam roller self release/IT band: Lie on your side with the foam roller along the outer thigh. Use your arm and opposite leg to support your body weight. Roll gently up and down your outer thigh over the IT band for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you reach the entire length of the thigh. (The IT Band is very difficult to stretch therefore rolling out is usually necessary.)

Foam roller self release: IT band

Learn more about Performing Arts Medicine and schedule appointments here.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

A still from Toby's video
Technology & Media Manager Toby Kaufmann-Buhler's video is featured in ImageOHIO15, ROYGBIV Gallery's 15th annual exhibition of the best photography, video, and digital art by Ohio artists. The exhibition runs January 20- February 20. Congratulations, Toby!

BFAs Wesley Charlton, Ca'la Henderson, Kimberly Isaacs, Julie Kogan, and Jasmine Stevens will attend the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference next week, led by Dr. Dixon. Follow the OSU Dance Instagram to see updates from their trip!

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

PhD candidate Alex Harlig's e-portfolio, ReadyMadeBouquet, offers her thoughts on dance, popular culture and her coursework and teaching, as well as her musings on graduate school. 



FINAL WORD

"It doesn’t occur to anyone to ask questions of what seems unquestionably true. A question like: Can you fall up? This is the bedrock of my process, this way of attempting to notice what questions have not been asked in a particular field that need to be asked and answered. It’s like noticing the crevice between a moment and an instant."

--Elizabeth Streb, interview in BOMB






Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Week 1 Announcements: January 12-15

NEWS + UPDATES

The OSU Department of Dance makes an "O" for
OHIO at the opening semester meeting
Welcome back and GO BUCKS!

Please welcome prospective MFA and PhD students to our home if you see them around for their auditions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Auditions for the Spring 2016 Brazil Tour: Sunday, February 1 from 12-3pm.

Nominations are open for the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award, which celebrates and rewards diversity efforts on OSU's campus, and the Distinguished Staff Award, which honors 12 staff members for significant leadership, accomplishments, and service to the university. Nominations are due by Monday, February 9th.

GRAD NEWS

Grad auditions are January 15-17! 

Teaching Orientation Facilitator applications available: Each year UCAT hires GTAs with at least two terms of teaching experience to lead sessions for new TAs in August. Compensation ranges from $50-200 per session. More information.

UCAT spring schedule of events is now available. UCAT offers a variety of workshops for GTAs each semester, including sessions on grading, suicide prevention, and presentation skills. More information.

Job postings: University of WashingtonUniversity of BuffaloTufts UniversityDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportUniversity of North Carolina: CharlotteMacalester CollegeUniversity of FloridaRichard Stockton CollegeWilliams College

More job postings...

UNDERGRAD NEWS

2nd Annual CalArts @ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition: The Emerging Artists Competition welcomes submissions of dance media in any dance style or genre. The competition includes two categories--high school and undergraduate college--and allows students to compete only with other students. Submissions are due January 16. Information.

Undergraduate scholarship applications are due February 6

Represent Ohio State in New Zealand this summer! Apply to present your research on climate change, migration, physical and cultural landscapes, identity, indigenous studies, and social structures at the Undergraduate Research Conference at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Three students will be selected for this all-expenses paid trip. More information. Applications are due Monday, February 9. More information.

Undergraduate Summer Funding Research Awards: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Applications are due February 15. Information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: University of Colorado: Boulder

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

SFIs are due February 20.

See more funding opportunities...

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART


Barnett Speaker Series: "The Artist Entrepreneur." Alexis Wilson, author, dancer, producer and director, and Byron Stripling, musician, conductor, actor, singer, and artistic director, will talk about what it takes to sustain successful careers as creatives, maintain a family, and continue the creative process. Their talk will take place on Wednesday, January 21 from 4:30-6:00pm in the Collaboratory (141). More information.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...

SEE ART

More performances...

DANCE + ARTS OPPORTUNITIES

Jacob's Pillow Summer Festival internships: PhD Janet Schroeder and alum Daniel Diller have both spoken highly of their experiences interning at this world-renowned dance festival. The internship program provides room and board, stipends, college credit, staff-led seminars and workshops, free performances and free dance classes. Dates: May 26-September 3. Applications due January 16. More information.

DanceCamera West seeks submissions for its 14th Annual Film Festival, Catch! Deadline: January 16th. More information.

The Columbus Foundation's Summer Fellowship program is a ten week program that places students with local non-profits. Fellowship recipients receive a $5000 stipend. Applications are due January 16. More information.

International Association of Blacks in Dance conference is January 21-25 in Cleveland. The conference features classes, performances, speakers, panels, and workshops. More information.

Dancing Wheels Company, America's first, professional, physically integrated company, seeks a male dancer for an immediate position. To audition on January 31 at 11am in Cleveland, interested candidates should send a letter of interest and head shot to President/Founding Artistic Director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, or call (216) 432-0306.

America's Got Talent auditions will take place in a variety of cities in 2015, including Chicago on January 24-25. More information.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...

PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE

Learn more about Performing Arts Medicine and schedule appointments here.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

The Spring 2015 Repertory Company was awarded a $2000 Pinchuk Arts Community Grant to support their touring work this semester. Congratulations!

External Relations Coordinator Dori Jenks was awarded an Above and Beyond Buckeye Award on January 8. These awards, given by Executive Dean David C. Manderscheid and the Arts and Sciences Staff Advisory Council (SAC), recognize arts and sciences staff members who go above and beyond and do great work each and every day. Congratulations, Dori!

Above and Beyond Buckeye Award recipient Dori Jenks

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

2nd year MFA Quilan Arnold's e-portfolio features information about his teaching, choreography, and performance work. His most recent updates include a post about positive self-talk for dancers and his dance film reflection on the events surrounding Ferguson, Moment of Silent Screams. Check it out here



FINAL WORD

“An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of style, a prisoner of a reputation, a prisoner of success..."
--Henri Matisse, Jazz (1947)




Thursday, December 04, 2014

Week 16 Announcements: December 8-12

NEWS + UPDATES

The fall semester Informance is Tuesday, December 9 from 10:20-12pm in Barnett: See the creative work developed by OSU dance undergrads, grads, and classes this semester, and celebrate the end of Fall 2014!

COMING SOON: Details about exciting opportunity to audition for a Repertory Company to tour to Brazil with Susan Hadley over Spring Break 2016!

It's the last blog post of the semester! The OSU Dance blog will be back in action for Week 1 of Spring semester: January 12-16, 2015. If you have news items over break, faculty should send them to Dori and students should send them to Sarah.

GRAD NEWS

2nd Year MFAs: Your five-page proposal drafts are due to your committee on December 17.

Grad auditions are January 15-17! Check your email in the coming weeks for sign-up information and details.

Job postings: University of WashingtonUniversity of BuffaloTufts UniversityDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportUniversity of North Carolina: CharlotteMacalester CollegeUniversity of FloridaRichard Stockton CollegeWilliams College

More job postings...

UNDERGRAD NEWS

Are you interested in being a University Host or University Ambassador? Undergraduate admissions will accept applications for University Ambassadors (tour guides) beginning on December 18. Applications for University Hosts (greet prospective students and parents) will be available January 12. For more information, email university.hosts@gmail.com or ambassadors@osu.edu.

Applications for May study abroad programs are due on January 1! Information.

Participate in a research study: Dr. Daniel McDonald and Katie Dale seek research volunteers for a research study this spring examining stereotypes in the media. Commitment: minimum of three hours per week. Academic credit is available. For more information, email Katie Dale by January 4 with class schedule, relevant research experience, and availability during spring semester.

2nd Annual CalArts @ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition: The Emerging Artists Competition welcomes submissions of dance media in any dance style or genre. The competition includes two categories--high school and undergraduate college--and allows students to compete only with other students. Submissions are due January 16. Information.

Study abroad in Ghana: Nani Agbeli, Professor and Director of West African Music, Dance and Arts at Cal Arts, leads a trip to Ghana from July 25-August 15. The trip features classes in drumming and dancing, as well as day trips and performances. 

Undergraduate Summer Funding Research Awards: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Applications are due February 15. Information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: Florida State University. 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

See funding opportunities...

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART


Tap Workshop for Epilepsy: Saturday, December 20 from 5-7pm at Center Stage Dance Studio in Akron. Funds raised support the needs of Emma Christie, an eleven-year old dancer diagnosed with epilepsy at age six. Teachers include Jeffrey Christie and John Manzari. $30 for one class/$40 for two classes. Register.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...

SEE ART

Abby Zbikowski and the New Utility.
Photo by Nick Fancher. 
DoublePlus Series at Gibney DanceProfessor Bebe Miller curated a split bill featuring OSU MFA alums Maree ReMalia and Abby Zbikowski. Shows take place December 17-21 at 7:30pm at Gibney. More information.

Transfigurations at the Wex closes on December 31: Before you head home for break, don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to see sixty masterworks of 20th century art, right next door to us! More information.

More performances...

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

NACHMO: 1st MFA Anna Massey invites you to participate in NACHMO's (National Choreography Month) annual challenge to create one dance piece within the 31 days of January. Anna will host an informational session on NACHMO on Monday, December 8 from 12:30-1pm in the Green Room. Contact Anna for more information.

WOSU seeks 2-4 students from the Department of Dance for a Downtown Abbey--inspired Roaring Twenties Speakeasy on January 3, 2015. This is a paid gig along with an invitation to attend the screening after the reception. Dancers will be stationed at the entrance to the event to greet guests and make them feel like they're entering a speakeasy. Contact Kate Manecke for more information.

2nd Annual Dance Shorts College Film Festival: Submissions for the 2015 festival at University of South Florida are now being accepted. Early bird deadline: January 2. More information.

DanceCamera West seeks submissions for its 14th Annual Film Festival, Catch! Deadline: January 16th. More information.

America's Got Talent auditions will take place in a variety of cities in 2015, including Chicago on January 24-25. More information.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...

PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE

The Department of Dance is very fortunate to offer its dancers injury prevention and care strategies through the Program for Performing Arts Medicine. This week, physical Therapist Mariah Nierman shares exercises to strengthen your hips:

As a dancer, you ask your hips to do a lot of anatomically unnatural movements. This can lead to a hypermobile hip, a joint that has excessive looseness. Once a joint is hypermobile whether you were born that way or your body has undergone a training effect causing the hypermobility there is no way to “tighten back up the joint”. However by strengthening the support & stabilizing muscles you can gain control over the excessive mobility without losing any range of motion. This is important to reduce wear and tear (i.e. injury) to the hip, which is especially important in dancers that experience a high frequency of early onset osteoarthritis in the hip and labral cartilage tears. Below are some hip strengthening exercises important for the dancer’s hip.

Clamshell/Hip Rotator Strength: Lying with hips and knees bent to 45 degrees think of using deep rotator muscles in buttock to lift knee toward ceiling keeping thigh muscles relaxed. Be sure pelvis does not roll backward and do not arch back. Do 3 sets of 10.

Clamshell

Reverse Clamshell: Lying with hips and knees bent to 45 degrees, keep your knees together and rotate your foot forward keeping your hamstring relaxed.  Be sure to not roll your pelvis forward. Do 3 sets of 10.

Reverse clamshell

Hip Abduction Strength: Lie on side with bottom leg bent and top leg straight and slightly back toward arabesque as the spine remains neutral. Lift leg toward ceiling, keeping knee straight and leg slightly behind you without hips rolling backward. Do 3 sets of 10.

Hip Abduction Strength

Hip Extension Timing: Lie on stomach with one knee bent with a relaxed hamstring. Keep hips flat and spine neutral as you lift thigh up 1-2 inches. Focus on 1st contracting at only the lower glutes, then the hamstring, then the low back muscles to lift leg with proper muscle timing. Use glutes more than hamstring. Do 3 sets of 10.

Hip Extension timing

Learn more about Performing Arts Medicine and schedule appointments here.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

Daniel Diller is known around the Department (and possibly the world) for his sunny demeanor, positive attitude, and work ethic. He graduates this December from the Department of Dance, and following a visit home for the holidays, Daniel will return to Columbus to work as a freelance stage manager and lighting designer for local companies as well as the Department of Dance.

Congratulations, Daniel! 

Daniel dancing at Jacob's Pillow this summer.
Photo by Jamie Kraus. 


Senior Jasmine Stevens, who performs with the OSU Dance Team, danced last week at the OSU vs. _ichigan game, and Dr. Dixon's husband, Dr. Kevin L. Dixon, snapped this shot of Jasmine on the field.

Go Bucks! Go Jasmine!
Photo by Dr. Kevin L. Dixon


E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

Check out sophomore Maddie Wallace's blog, featuring her thoughts on composition, analysis, and other coursework. 




FINAL WORD

Mary Hinkson in 2006.
Photo by Rose Eichenbaum.

"Every meaningful experience contributes to your becoming a more complete and versatile dancer--a total dancer. These opportunities to perform outside the Graham repertory and vocabulary of movement allowed me to experience my body in new and exciting ways. I consider myself very lucky and can say with confidence that I've had a very rich and fulfilled dance life."

--Mary Hinkson, 
by Rose Eichenbaum


Mary Hinkson, one of the first black dancers to join Martha Graham's company, died this week at the age of 89. Learn more about her life and career here





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Have a wonderful break! See you in 2015. 

Monday, December 01, 2014

Week 15 Announcements: December 1-5

NEWS + UPDATES

Don't miss Fieldwork: A Research Presentation by the Freshman Class this Friday, December 5 from 3-4:30pm in Sullivant 141.

Spring Concert adjudication: The sign-up sheet is now available in the Green Room, and will remain posted until December 4 at 5pm. Seniors who plan to show their work in this concert must adjudicate. Adjudication is December 6 beginning at 9am in Barnett. Questions? Contact Dave.

Informance: The sign-up sheet is available in the Green Room for the fall semester Informance, a chance to share your work from the semester with the department on December 9 from 10:20-12pm. Individuals are allotted 5 minutes; classes have 10. Contact Ani with questions.

Do you have items of note for the blog? Students, send them to Sarah Levitt. Faculty and staff, send them to Dori Jenks.

GRAD NEWS

The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Applications will be accepted until February 16.

Job postings: University of WashingtonUniversity of BuffaloTufts UniversityDenison UniversitySUNY BrockportUniversity of North Carolina: CharlotteMacalester CollegeUniversity of FloridaRichard Stockton CollegeWilliams College

More job postings...

UNDERGRAD NEWS

Study abroad information sessions: If you're considering studying abroad this summer, be sure to attend an upcoming information session. Programs include "The Art of Paris," "The British Invasion," and "Israel History and Culture" and many, many more.

Applications for May study abroad programs are due on January 1! Information.

2nd Annual CalArts @ Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition: The Emerging Artists Competition welcomes submissions of dance media in any dance style or genre. The competition includes two categories--high school and undergraduate college--and allows students to compete only with other students. Submissions are due January 16. Information.

Study abroad in Ghana: Nani Agbeli, Professor and Director of West African Music, Dance and Arts at Cal Arts, leads a trip to Ghana from July 25-August 15. The trip features classes in drumming and dancing, as well as day trips and performances. 

Undergraduate Summer Funding Research Awards: These $3,500 funding awards support full-time, faculty-supervised undergraduate research or creative activity projects over 10 weeks in summer semester 2015. Applications are due February 15. Information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: University of Maryland, College Park.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

See funding opportunities...

LET'S DANCE AND TALK ABOUT DANCE + ART

"Wari Leeba: Customary Laws and Performance of the Hindu Epics Among the Meiteis of Manipur, NE India," a talk by Dr. Sadananda Singh Mayanglambam of Manipur University, India. Presented by South Asian Studies Initiative in collaboration with the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Tuesday, December 2 from 4-5:15pm in Derby Hall 080. More information.

"Dance Dramaturgy and the Question of Research" presented by Katherine Profeta on December 2nd from 5:30-7pm in the Media Lab (343) via livestream from Temple University's Dance Studies Colloquium Speaker Series. Come join in attending this lecture together and get a sense for the field’s current scholars and their work. Contact Dr. Kosstrin for more information.

Fieldwork: A Research Presentation by the Freshman Class will take place on December 5 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Sullivant Hall 141. Come support our freshman as they present their research!

Masterclass at Charisma Centre for the Arts: Saturday, December 6 from 10-11:30am. This Cunningham-based master class will be taught by Deena Schmidt. More information.

Tap Workshop for Epilepsy: Saturday, December 20 from 5-7pm at Center Stage Dance Studio in Akron. Funds raised support the needs of Emma Christie, an eleven-year old dancer diagnosed with epilepsy at age six. Teachers include Jeffrey Christie and John Manzari. $30 for one class/$40 for two classes. Register.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...

SEE ART
Ca'la Henderson, Audrey
Gerlach and Mare Kolodgy
in rehearsal for
The Nutcracker

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting: 2nd Year MFA Kristina D'Onofrio's Ballet 3 students along with Ca'la Henderson (BFA '15) will perform excerpts from Act II of The Nutcracker at the Ohio Statehouse's annual festival on December 2nd from 5:30-7:30pm. Information.

DoublePlus Series at Gibney DanceProfessor Bebe Miller curated a program of work as part of this series featuring OSU MFA alums Maree ReMalia and Abby Zbikowski. Shows take place on December 17-21 at 7:30pm at Gibney. More information.

Transfigurations at the Wex closes on December 31: Before you head home for break, don't miss this unprecedented opportunity to see sixty masterworks of 20th century art, right next door to us! More information.

More performances...

DANCE OPPORTUNITIES

OhioDance's 2015 Spring Festival requests performance proposals for the festival's evening performance on April 25 (deadline: December 5). More information.

2nd Annual Dance Shorts College Film Festival: Submissions for the 2015 festival at University of South Florida are now being accepted. Early bird deadline: January 2. More information.

DanceCamera West seeks submissions for its 14th Annual Film Festival, Catch! Deadline: January 16th. More information.

America's Got Talent auditions will take place in a variety of cities in 2015, including Chicago on January 24-25. More information.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

A helpful hint from Mitchell Rose: "Want your own copy of PhotoShop for your Mac?  Well, it’s not easy--you have to pay at least $20 a month to rent it.  But there’s a great PhotoShop alternative called Pixelmator that only costs $30--to OWN.  It’s very powerful, with all the features of PhotoShop you’d need, and it can open and save PhotoShop files. I have stopped using PhotoShop and just use Pixelmator." Check it out here.

SHOUT-OUTS! 

Thank you to our student assistants for a great semester! Innas Al Razi, Olivia Hensal, Jessica Roller, Ibrahim Sakawe, Taja Tolliver and Katie Winternitz are the friendly faces who welcome visitors into our offices and support all the goings-on of the Department. Your professionalism and work ethic is so appreciated!

E-PORTFOLIO OF THE WEEK

Christine Ghinder's e-portfolio, Dance Vehicle is featured this week. Check out her recent reflections on contemporary class and choreography. 




FINAL WORD

To fly we have to have resistance.
--Architect Maya Lin