Friday, May 15, 2009

Week 8 Announcements: May 17-23

Dance4Life Dance-a-thon
Saturday, May 23 from 12:00-5:00pm at Goodale Park
This event is going to be a ludicrous amount of fun! We really need the help of volunteers and dancers to come and support the Dance-a-thon. We will have a DJ busting out the tunes and people will pay to enter. All Dance4life Columbus artists will NOT have to pay to dance. We just need you to come out and bring the friends and fellow dancers. We will be dancing in the park. Signs will be posted so people know who we are supporting and why people are dancing.

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

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.

Tribute to Frankie Manning
PBS (WNET Channel 13) in New York will be broadcasting a special tribute show about Frankie Manning on Thursday, May 21 at 10:30pm. The documentary features the last major interview of Frankie Manning before his death, as well as precious archival footage of his dancing from the 1930s to 2009 in New York and other spots around the world. The legendary and phenomenal Swing dance scene from “Hellzapoppin” and a phenomenal duet with his 76-year-old son Chazz will also be featured. Click here to view an exerpt

OSU Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Joe Krygier and Susan Powell, Directors
Monday, May 18; 8pm
Weigel Hall Auditorium
The OSU Percussion Ensemble presents their annual Spring Concert featuring a cross-section of chamber percussion's most dynamic and prominent compositions. Highlighting this event are works by composition luminaries Lou Harrison, Nigel Westlake and Steve Reich (2009 winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Music). Tickets: $6 general admission.

Night of Electronic Music
Please join us for an evening of Electronic and computer based music. Original works by Anthony Vine, Robert Lunn, Benjamin Williams, Luis Obregon and Michael Wall. The concert is free and will happen in Sullivant Theater on Friday, May 22 at 8pm. For more information please contact Michael Wall at

To the Department of Dance and its extended family members: The No-Talent Talent Gong Show has been cancelled due to lack of enthusiasm and interest. Please spread the word appropriately.

Dana Casperson is here for a week residency - continuing the Forsythe connection. Ballet class Monday - Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm (sign up) and special workshop 12:30pm-2:30pm (you must take the morning class with her to take the afternoon one). Friday 9am-12pm she is joining New Ground class to discuss her work with Forsythe and dancing experience in general.


A big shout out to Jenai Cutcher, featured on page 18 of the May issue of Dance Teacher magazine! Check it out on-line.

Congratulations to Hannah Kosstrin, she is the recipient of the OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies Samuel M. Melton Graduate Fellowship for 2009-2010.It includes tuition, fees, stipend, and is one of two prestigious graduate fellowships that the Melton Center awards each year.

Alejandra Jara has accepted an internship with Hubbard Street Dance Company Education & Community Programs in Chicago for the summer. Congratulations Ale!

Congratulations to Erika Harris and Robyn Young for receiving second place honors at the O.S.U. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for their project, "Inherited Movement, Traditions Redefined." There were 500 participants with 37 entries for the Art Category. Awards: Music Ed 1st place, Dance 2nd place, Art 3rd place

Graduating Student Exit Interviews
Here's your chance to talk to the Chair, Susan Petry... How has it all worked out in the end? Have you learned what we hoped you did? What was your experience? What were the high lights and the low lights?
Seniors: June 11th from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Conference Room, Sullivant Hall
Graduate Students: June 11th from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Conference Room, Sullivant Hall

Graduation Ceremony – Seniors and Graduate Students
Here's your chance to celebrate, honor, roast, your three-four years here at Ohio State. Student Reps are helping to organize, but it takes a team! Plan your skits, speeches, ceremonies, etc. And faculty, make sure it's in your calendars!

Teaching Position
A full time position at a private Catholic High School for girls in Toledo, Ohio is available August, 2009. The age range is 14 to 18. Classes include: Dance I, Jazz I, Jazz II, Ballet I, Ballet II and Choreography. The position also includes a Musical Choreographer and a Dance Team Coach. Other responsibilities besides teaching dance include: "Teacher Responsibilities" like parent teacher conferences, grading, subbing, lesson planning, evaluations... If someone is interested and does not have a degree in Dance Education that is ok. They will provide a non-tax teacher certificate. You just need a degree in dance, undergrad or graduate, to apply.

If anyone is interested they can contact Staci Carter (Alum of OSU) at 419-531-1693 ext. 332 or It is a great job and I would love to help a fellow OSU dancer receive a job during these tough economic times.

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