Friday, May 29, 2009

Week 10 Announcements: May 31-June 6

Featured video: OSUDance lecturer Coco Loupe dancing with alumnus Kristina Isabelle at the May 16th AGORA at Junctionview Studios. (by B. Hockensmith Photography. More images of the event here.)

Featured image: Michelle Obama, right, was introduced by Caroline Kennedy at the American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Spring Gala on Monday. Photo by Andrea Mohin/The New York Times.

The first lady, Michelle Obama, visited New York City on Monday to promote the arts, celebrating opening night at the American Ballet Theater and the reopening of part of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Michelle Obama reopened a refurbished section of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday.

Mrs. Obama described the nation’s creative spirit as critical to its ideals and its identity, and said the arts needed to be nurtured even during difficult economic times. She noted that her husband had included $50 million in his economic stimulus package for the National Endowment for the Arts.

“The arts are not just a nice thing to have,” she said, adding that the arts “define who we are as a people.” Read the full article in the New York Times.

Friday, June 5;
10:30am-12:00pm in Sullivant Theater
It's that time: the departmental Informance sign-up sheet is going up today (Monday, June 1st) on the board next to Studio One. Please sign up and share all the fabulous work you've been doing this quarter! Teachers: please think about what your class could present, or if
individuals in the class have developed material that they should show. And then sign up! Students: what have you been working on? We want to know--so sign up! Compelling comp showings, improbable improvisations, awesome awards, remarkable recognitions! All 10:30 classes required attendance; all others hope you can join. There will be a celebration following in the rotunda with light snacks and drinks for all. (sorry, the days of full catering are over... We must use tax, tuition, and donor dollars modestly...)

Graduating students -- Just a heads up: Melissa Bontempo will be seeking you out afterwords so that she can take group photos.

Benefit Party in support of Like You Mean It
We’re going to the Minnesota Fringe – please help get us there!
Tuesday, June 2;
8pm to 12am at Victorian's Midnight Cafe
251 W. 5th Avenue (at Neil), Columbus
DJ Spidey-X – Drinks – Food – Raffle Prizes
Performances by LYMI, Coco Loupe, PIE, Backspace
For more information contact:

Invitation for Submission of Works: An exciting new choreography project for an Ohio-based Choreographer
Dublin Arts Council (DAC) The Ohio State University, Department of Dance and OhioDance are partnering to present a unique opportunity for the development and performance of a site-specific outdoor contemporary dance work that incorporates individual educational opportunities. This contemporary dance project, entitled “Gravity’s Ripple,” is part of DAC’s ongoing program, “Ripple Effect: Artistic Impact of the Scioto River.”

A chosen choreographer will create a site-specific work, utilizing the Dublin Arts Council grounds, a grassy sloping outdoor location with a relatively steep rolling hill that descends to the Scioto River. Through an audition process, the choreographer will choose dancers from The Ohio State University Department of Dance to realize the completed work. Please find attached the Invitation for Submission of Works. For further information please contact Jane D’Angelo at or 614/224-2913.

Columbus Summer Dance Festival

OSU Dance and Columbus Movement Movement (cm2) invite you to come dance this summer in the second annual Columbus Summer Dance Festival from June 15-June 27. The festival integrates two exciting weeks of contemporary approaches to ballet, modern, hip hop, and yoga with a vibrant teaching faculty, whose creative passions and teaching philosophies underscore a contemporary approach to movement forms.

Artists include Movement Research Artist-in- Residence Yvonne Meier; New York-based hip-hop artist Manwe; former Cuban Ballet and Elisa Monte dancer Marden Ramos; yoga teacher extraordinaire Laurel Hodory, and dynamic, articulate teacher/choreographer Meghan Durham, director of Meghan Durham/Merge Dance. Two master classes will feature a Horton based technique with Maria Glimcher, and improvisation technique with Noelle Chun, blending into an open jam on Saturday, June 20th.

The festival offers three class periods a day, including two morning technique classes, followed by an intensive repertory experience each afternoon. Repertory participants will be creating new works with professional choreographers to perform in a final festival showing. Other festival performances include a Guest Artist concert, including a new quartet by Guest company GroundWorks Dancetheater from Cleveland; a curated evening of highlights from the past five years of showcases by festival co-sponsor Columbus Movement Movement cm2. More info at

Discovering the Light (The DeAngelo Show)
Presented by The Frank W. Hale Black Culture Center & Black Dance Alliance
Sunday, May 31, at 7-8:30pm
Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center; 153 W. 12th Ave
The event is a fund raiser, so give what you can :-)
Featuring dancers: Dora Fenyvesi, Erika Harris, Sammi Lipkin

Thiossane West African Dance Institute presents Cultural Trends featuring Ballet Kakilambé on Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm at the Vern Riffe Capitol Theater in downtown Columbus. Tickets are $22 adult, $16 student, and $13 children.

8th Annual Thiossane West African Dance Institute Dance and Drum Conference
May 30, 2009 at Columbus Africentric Early College, 300 E. Livingston Avenue in Columbus. For more information email, call 614.252.7077, or see attached brochure.

Focused Fitness is looking for new Pilates teachers or trainees to start immediately. The studio is ideally seeking dancers and would be willing to train the right person.

The studio is a Physicalmind certifying studio, which means this could be somebody's chance to get paid to get certified. The pay is a 60/40 split, meaning you pay the studio 40% of what you pull in, and private sessions currently bill at $85/hr. So that's a job at about $30/hr. The studio is located in the arena district, which means lots of professionals, so building a clientele will not be too difficult. Contact Christina Providence for an inside scoop at 323-899-1190 or, or contact the owner, Emily Smith directly at 614-224-1776.

The Joel Hall Dancers and Center Upcoming Events
The time for the Sunday, August 30, 2009 JHD II Company Audition is 2:30pm – 5:00pm not 5:30pm – 8:00pm as previously stated.

Senior Celebration
There is a Senior Farewell on Saturday, June 13 in Sullivant at noon. Everyone is invited to help send the seniors off and wish them well! It will last an hour with a small reception afterward for those who want to join in!

Ph.D. Candidate Hannah Kosstrin has been awarded the P.E.O. Scholar Award from the International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood for travel to Mexico, Israel and Washington, D.C. in support of her doctoral research on Anna Sokolow, and for supplies associated with writing her dissertation Congratulations!

Congratulations to Karena Birk, Julie Fox, and Eran Hanlon
for receiving Alumni Grants for Graduate Research and Scholarship (AGGRS) for their projects next year. Kudos to advisors Candace Feck, Karen Eliot, and Susan Hadley respectively.

Congratulations to Robyn Young
for being selected as one of two undergraduates to be recognized and honored at the OSU Board of Trustees meeting on June 5 for her exemplary four years and stellar performance as a dance major, community citizen, and student teacher. Congratulations to Robyn. (one of two out of how many thousands? Wow!)

Mastermosa Master Classes
Awaken the dancer in your soul this summer by experiencing the work of some of the most sought-after artists! Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, from 9-11am, enjoy an Intermediate/Advanced level Adult (18+) Only Master Class with a different renowned teacher/choreographer at The Joel Hall Dancers & Center, 5965 N. Clark, Chicago, IL. After pushing your body to the limits, chat with the master teacher and fellow students while sipping Mimosa's (must be 21 to drink) and various other refreshments. Do not miss these amazing opportunities! Call Kelli David-Low at 773.293.0900 for more information and to pre-register or email or visit their website.

Meeting with the Chair
Seniors and graduating graduate students are cordially invited to meet with the Chair, Susan Petry, for a group exit interview on Thursday, June 11. Seniors meet 10:00am and Grad students at 1:00pm. Studio 5. These conversations are important times for reflection and feed-forward for the department.

Graduating Seniors Survey
Seniors - want your opinion to count? Please complete the Arts and Sciences survey. Follow the link in your emails from the College of Arts and Sciences Assessment Office for the survey they conduct on your major, your GEC experiences, advising in Denney, etc... Thanks!

2009 Summer Undergraduate Research Institute
The Undergraduate Research Office will again be sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Institute with activities open to all undergraduate students who will be at OSU during summer quarter and involved in research activity. Please encourage any undergraduate research students you are supervising to join the summer community of student scholars in SURI. Read more here. Important notice for undergrads this summer: If you are here and creating new work, investigating improvisation, doing research about technique, developing data on audience development, etc... Consider joining in with this opportunity. Also, let SVPP know if you’d like to sign up for independent study for any kind of project.

Audiencing Research Qualitative Inquiry Roundtable Discussion
; Friday, June 5
The focus of this roundtable discussion is on alternatives for communicating research findings to audiences beyond the borders of academia and policymaking. The session offers brief faculty and graduate student presentations followed by open discussion. The event is sponsored by the Qualitative Inquiry Working Group of the Institute for Collaborative Research and Public Humanities. Contact or Faculty and Graduate Students -- just FYI, stay tuned to this Working Group and potential linking to the research some of you are doing.

Welcome to the last week of the year! At the Friday Informance I will give a State of the Department address, but if you can't be there, let me share how impressed I am every day with the meaningful, hard, beautiful work you all do. I really believe in the importance of what goes on here - while at times you may wonder what it's all for, or how is it going to help feed the hungry, or how you're ever going to make a living, I firmly trust that with your whole hearted embrace of what led you to dance in the first place, energy abounds and possibilities are right in front of you. Have a wonderful summer, a productive life, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. (or behind... Or under... Or around...)

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