Monday, January 03, 2011

Week 1 Announcements: January 3-7, 2011

Featured video: Choreographer and dancer, Hind Benali, discusses women’s issues and dance in Morocco. For more information on this project directed by OSUDance Professor Esther Baker-Tarpaga, visit

jobs, auditions & conferences
Dance this summer at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City.
You may find extensive information about Dance New Amsterdam’s course offerings on the DNA website, including this season’s full permanent and guest artist schedule, class descriptions, upcoming performances, directions to the space, and other upcoming workshops, and more.

New employment opportunities have been added to the OSUDance website, including several positions at the Herberger Institute at Arizona State University and two positions at Texas Woman's University. Visit the OSUDance Professional Resources page for complete listings.

master classes & residences
Nikki Chalas, a graduate from OSU Dance, is thrilled to announce her new seminar: So You Think You Want To Dance After Graduation? This seminar is geared towards soon-to-be college graduates and is designed to bridge the gap between student and professional. Throughout this eight-week online seminar, students will learn how to prepare a resume according to the current NYC standard format; build their own website; use current multimedia applications as self-marketing and networking tools; and essentially prepare themselves for entering the professional world. Throughout the course, Nikki will be individually corresponding with all students participating in the seminar on a weekly basis, advising them on their next steps in the professional world, and helping them network so that they graduate already en route to a successful career. Students must register by January 8, 2011 to receive this special rate. To register and for more information, email me directly at Please also visit for more information.

performance opportunities
Audition Notice
Seven Dance Company is a contemporary company based in Columbus. They are holding auditions on January 4, 2011 at 10:00am at the Performing Arts Dance Center in Delaware, Ohio. For more information please contact or visit the Seven Dance Company website.

administrative notes
Welcome to new adjunct dance faculty and staff! Blake Beardsely and Ashley Doyle-Lucas teaching ballet this quarter, Laurel Hodory and Beaker Prince teaching yoga, Maria Glimcher teaching modern, Lindsay Caddle-LaPointe teaching Hip Hop, Olivier Tarpaga teaching West African and making a new work, Sabela Grimes teaching modern and making a new work, and Dori Jenks who will be assisting in the dance office, fundraising, and in other areas of the department.

travel & housing

Ouagadougou Dance and Drum: Study West African Dance and Drumming in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso This Summer! Presented by Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project & DAFRA Drum Ensemble in association with Napam Beogo/Center for Artisans and Visual Arts
August 7–28, 2011. Fee: $2600. DANCE: Traditional Manding, Gourmanche, Kassena, Warba, Contemporary African Dance and Improvisation. Instructors: Lacina Coulibaly, Ousseni Sako, Serge Somé, Adjaratou Ouédraogo and Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project. DRUM: Djembe, Dun Dun, Balafon. Instructors: Amadou Kienou, Mamadou (Madeni) Kienou, Omar Kienou & Dembelé Flatié. The fee covers all workshops, lodging, three delicious homemade meals per day, local travel with group, and excursions outside of the city. Airfare to and from Burkina Faso is not covered.

This program will be co-directed by Olivier Tarpaga, Esther Baker- Tarpaga, and Wilfried Souly of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project. Two weeks of exciting dance and drum workshops with established West African dance and drum teachers ranging from the griot tradition to established contemporary artists. In addition to the daily program of dance classes and drumming classes there will be a workshop in batik making. We will tour outside of Ouagadougou with three excursions to see wild elephants, baboons and many animals at the Nazinga National Reserve near the Ghana border, the leathermaking village of Kaya, and the artistic granite village of Lango. For further questions and more information email

tech news

New Studio Request Form
Need to request a studio? Find the new studio request form, space calendars and policy information here.

kudos & shout-outs
Congrats to returning faculty, students and staff
Kate Hale will be our permanent Program Coordinator upon Susan Heimburger’s departure (we will miss you!). Mary McMullen, in addition to many congratulations on being a new mother, now holds a permanent Administrative and Professional position as Dance Costume Designer and Shop Manager.

Bebe Miller is the recipient of the United States Artist Award. Congrats Bebe!

Pam Tanowitz, an alum of OSU Dance, was mentioned in the New York Times!

Congratulations to seniors Joanna Reed, Brittany Strine, and Meredith Hurst who each received an Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the honors program in support of their senior and distinction projects. Thanks to the Department’s Honor Advisor, Dave Covey, the faculty advisors, Associate Dean Valarie Williams, and College Honors Advisor Dennis Thompson for all the support and guidance.

See OSUDance represented in Columbus Alive's 2010 Best in Dance list!

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