Thursday, January 15, 2015

Week 2 Announcements: January 19-23


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.


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...


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


SFIs are due February 20.

See more funding opportunities...


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...


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...


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...


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.


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.


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!


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. 


"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

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