Friday, May 27, 2011

Week 10 Announcements: May 30-June 3

Featured image: Hummingbird from Dance Uptown.

performances & special events
Need a break during Week 10?
Well, here's a refreshing opportunity to be an enthusiastic audience member! ARC dancers will perform on Thursday, June 2 from 1:15-2:00pm in Sullivant Theatre, in collaboration with OSU dance students. The event is free, informal, brief, and open to the public. The ARC performance is a culminating celebration of the work completed in DANCE 694: Extraordinary Bodies - Dance, Disability, and Difference, and showcases performers with a range of developmental and physical disabilities. Please join us so that the dancers can fulfill the performative aspect of dancing for a live audience. Be there!!!

The Department Informance will take place during the technique slot on Friday, 10:30am-12pm. This is an opportunity for classes, groups, or individuals to share with the whole Department work that has been developed this quarter. This has most frequently included choreographic works-in-progress, comp studies, performance improvisations, and material developed as part of a specific project or course, but we are always excited to see the range of work that we do here in this department--and in the field--represented, including research presentations, discussions of theories relating to dance, restagings from score, etc. Sign up on the bulletin board outside of Studio 1 on Tuesday. Please list the name of the class/piece/presentation, the name of the point person for the work, the length of the work (very important), and any needs (including technology, placement in the sequence of the show, etc.) And do please try to keep the lengths reasonable so that we have the opportunity to see all the work being shared within the given time slot. The sign up sheet will come down Thursday afternoon at 5pm. Contact Michael Morris (.787) for more info.

Following the Informance, please join the Interdisciplinary Connections Class for Plumb Walk: a procession and event from Sullivant to Plumb Hall after the Informance on Friday, June 3, 2011. There Will Be Food.
OSUDance Costume Sale. Friday, June 3, 2011. 12:30pm
Have a taste for the bizarre? Want to strut your stuff in a flashy unitard? Stop by the Costume Shop this Friday for our big sale! We'll be selling tons of items, from leotards to shoes. Bring a few bucks and you're sure to leave with some hot looks.

Updated Profiles. Friday, June 3, 2011. 8pm. Free admission. 14 dance works created by BFA Seniors. A dessert reception to follow. RSVP via Facebook.

Three Beat Stew - Rhythm and Dance Jam. Saturday, June 25, 2011. 12-4pmin Dance Studio 1 in basement of Ohio State Student Union. All percussionists & dancers welcome. Breakers, Drummers and Tappers encouraged! The Three Beat Stew is all about getting together, getting down, and having fun with an exchange of rhythms. We hope to see you there! For more info:

An informal showing of new dance works by MFA students Erik Abbott-Main, Dante Brown, Abby Zbikowski, and BFA Student Quentin Burley. Sunday, June 5, 2011; 7pm, Studio 1 Sullivant Hall. Free admission

Volunteers needed for Columbus Arts Festival
The Dept of Theatre is sharing a table with Dance & Music, sponsored by Ohio State Arts and Sciences Communications Services. We are in need of volunteers to staff the table. It’s a fun way to get out to the Arts Festival and spread the word about the great things we do in the department and the university. It should be fairly simple…refill and clean up the table as necessary, be on hand to answer questions people have, or point them in the right direction. You may want to take a look at the materials on hand to have an idea what people may be asking you about-and it's a great way to get up to speed on what's going on in other departments on campus. Contact Damian Bowerman (.11) if you'd like to volunteer. Columbus Arts Festival. June 3-5, 2011. Downtown - Discovery District. Booth Location: Columbus Museum of Art parking lot.

master classes & residences
Graduating Senior Master Class with Professor John Giffin
On Thursday, June 2 John Giffin will give a special master class for all graduating seniors in Studio 2 at 10:30. Valarie Williams will not teach 511.09 that morning, the students in her class should take another regularly offered class. Please honor the seniors by allowing them this special opportunity.

jobs, auditions & conferences
Meaning & Makings of Queer Dance. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. February 16-18, 2012. This conference seeks to bring together queer and dance studies to consider the questions, methods, practices, and politics that preoccupy both fields. We encourage submissions from both artists and scholars, who study, make and/or participate in dance in its variety of avenues. Submissions exploring the limits or problems of the term “queer” are also welcome. While dance will be at the center of the conference, we hope submissions will take up dance from a range of disciplines and practices. Submissions are due by September 15, 2011. For questions about programming contact Clare Croft ( For questions about online submission contact Ashanti Pretlow ( Click here for complete info.

Think Art: Memory, an interdisciplinary conference on the arts, humanities, and science that will take place at BU on October 14-15, 2011. Visit the Think Art Conference website for more info. The deadline to submit papers and artwork is June 15, 2011.

course planning & information
Autumn 2011 | Dance 601.01 Contact Improv
Two opportunities to study contact improv this Fall!
Tues/Thurs; 8:30-10am #27383
Tues/Thurs; 7-8:30pm #6203
Contact improvisation is a dance form that uses gravity, momentum, and weight sharing to create a dialogue between bodies. Dancers move with constant attentiveness to their own bodies, impulses, and kinesthetic trajectories while simultaneously responding to their partner.

Research Study Participants Needed
The Computational Biology and Cognitive Science Lab (CBCSL) at The Ohio State University (OSU) is collecting photographs and video clips of human faces to build a large database that can ultimately help us understand the way we interpret/process faces and emotions. Data collection takes about 30 minutes. There is a small monetary compensation of $20 for participating. If you would like to participate in this experiment or have further questions about the research, please contact Shichuan Du,

OSU Department of Dance Summer Cyber Book Club. If you are interested in keeping your dance mind working through the summer, then you should consider joining the OSU Department of Dance Summer Cyber Book Club! The goal of the book club is to provide reading material to keep your brain stimulated with dance as you enjoy the warm weather and summer fun. It will be organized and executed through a blog website (TBA) where there will be a list of reading material, a schedule of chapter completion, an open discussion of material, and other small activities. The book club will read three books including The Intimate Act of Choreography (Lynne Anne), The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training (Melanie Bales & Rebecca Nettl-Fiol), and Ways of Seeing (John Berger). To join or for more information contact AJ Blankenship (.184)

Tap Dance Workshop
Every Thursday 4-6pm starting June 16, 2011 in Dance Studio 1 in basement of the Ohio State Student Union. All levels welcome, interested non-tappers encouraged to give it a try
Send Questions/Option RSVP to

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar in Literacy Studies: Social Literacies in the Digital Age. Friday, June 3, 2011; 11:30am-1pm at the Humanities Institute. How do you craft and interpret text messages? Status updates? Photo tags? People today—especially young people—increasingly perform and define their identities through literate interaction using new technologies, such as texting, Facebook, and instant messaging. How do we make sense of the explosion of digital social literacies? At this month’s GradSem, co-chairs Julia Voss and Cate Sacchi will lead a discussion about social literacies in pop culture and everyday life that builds on Ilana Gershon’s work on socializing through communication technology. For information and to register, email Cate at or visit

kudos & shout-outs
Dance Uptown is Gee Approved!
Forwarded from Susan Van Pelt Petry:
Dear Susan,
Really, the Dance Concert was extraordinary. I am sorry I had to leave a bit early but it was a true reflection of the quality of this place, your faculty and students. Congratulations!
Gordon (Gee)”

Featured image: OUTWARD Inflection from Dance Uptown.

Congrats to Alex Powers for her feature in ASCENT on her work with kids with orthopedic impairments. Check out the article!

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