Thursday, February 26, 2015

Week 8 Announcements: March 2-6


Can you believe that Pre-Reg is this Friday, March 6?
  • 2nd Year BFAs in 290 @ 10:20am with Mike Bruce plus faculty advisors Susan Hadley, Melanye Dixon
  • 3rd Year BFAs in 270 @ 10:20am with Dave Covey plus faculty advisors Bebe Miller, Mitchell Rose
  • MFAs and PhDs in 250 @ 10:20am with Karen Eliot
  • 1st and 4th year BFAs: freshman/senior partnering day with Brandon Whited in 390!

Audition for MFA works this Saturday, February 28 from 12:15-2:30pm in 390! Contact Sarah Levitt for more information.


How to Successfully Apply for a CGS Grant: Wednesday, March 4 from 1-2:30pm in Room 165 in the Thompson Library. Information.

Ray Travel Award & Career Development Grant is due March 27. Information.

Job postings: University of BuffaloDenison UniversityUniversity of North Carolina: CharlotteShenandoah University

More job postings...


2015 OSU Spring Career Fair: Tuesday, March 24 from 10-3pm in the Archie Griffin Ballroom in the Union. Information.

Peers Reaching Out is seeking applicants for its 2015-2016 group of PROs, who will promote mental health around campus through partnering with the OSU suicide prevention program. Applications are due March 9. For application, contact your student reps. For more information, contact Matthew Fullen.

New minor: Health, Environment, Risk, & Science Communication in the School of Communication. Information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: Florida State University


Research Scholar Awards: If you are interested in pursuing faculty-supervised research or creative activities, apply for this one-time, $1000 award from the Undergraduate Research Office. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due by the 1st of each month. Information.

Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships: Studying abroad during your academic career? Visit the Office of International Affairs to learn about grants and scholarships to support study and travel. Information.

See more funding opportunities...


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 suggestions to find good, neutral posture alignment.

Mariah Nierman,
Mariah says: This year, we’ve covered various topics head to toe regarding how to better prepare your body to hold up to the demands of being a performing artist. An overall concept we at PAM hope you gain is: the body is all about balance. Whatever you strengthen, you stretch; whatever you stretch, you strengthen. If you’re going to pound on your feet all day, then outside the studio you need to pamper them (wear good supportive shoes, elevate, roll out, etc). Therefore, this month we will discuss one thing that effects everything both in and out of the studio: posture. By being out of a neutral anatomical posture your body can not work as efficiently as it could.

Here are some steps to find good neutral postural alignment. Standing in parallel:

  • Distribute your weight evenly across the four corners of the foot: big toe knuckle, little toe knuckle, inner and outer heel, and equal left to right
  • At the knees, think of lengthening shins down toward the feet and thighs up toward the pelvis. Try to keep knees straight by lengthening leg instead of pushing into the back of the joint. If you hyperextend, think of unlocking the knees but still keeping them pulled up straight.
  • At the pelvis, place the base of your palms on your “headlight” pelvic bones, point your thumbs in towards one another and your long finger down along your groin crease. This makes your pelvic triangle. This triangle should be perpendicular to the floor, not tipped forward or backward.
  • Stack your pelvis, ribs, and shoulders like “bowls” on top of one another. Imagine the curves of the spine living within those bowls.
  • Keep the shoulders widened in the front and back of the body.
  • The head will sit gently on the shoulders; chin parallel to the floor, ear canals over the tips of your shoulders.

Correcting postural habits can be one of the more challenging things you can do to help your body because it’s not simply just doing 2-3 sets of 10 reps, it’s changing your awareness of your body and how it moves with all daily tasks. Times you can build in easily to start correcting your postural habits are starting off each class warm-up with going through this check list. Also go through the posture checklist when you brush your teeth, fix your hair, and standing in line. After you practice this for a while you will find your body as created this posture to be your new habit. Good luck with your posture practice!

Learn more about the Program for Performing Arts Medicine and schedule an appointment here.


DanceWorks Chicago: On March 14, DWC presents a one-day workshop that will allow students to experience a day-in-the-life of a professional dancer. Featuring ballet class, repertory, an informal showing by DanceWorks, and a brown bag discussion with company members. Workshop will be held at the Lou Conte studio. $45 before March 6. Information

Cross Pointe Dance hosts a two-day workshop in Cincinnati on March 21-22, featuring masterclasses with teachers from American Ballet Theatre, Broadway, and film and television. Information.

DanceAbility Teacher Certification Workshop with Alito Alessi: May 11-22 and December 7-18, 2015 in Austin, TX. Learn how to teach integrated groups in movement arts and a model for facilitating communities that foster inclusive participation. $1800 (does not include airfare or housing). Information.
Ralph Lemon and
Okwui Okpokwasili

The Politics of Space, Value and (Im)Permanence: In this four-week lab with Ralph Lemon, students explore the possibilities of the ephemeral creative experience within and without form. Through the shared study of different time signatures, students engage in a daily practice of re-thinking the art of practice. This course is for students interested in examining the live body, moving, writing, thinking, remembering, forgetting, choreographing, curating, performing, and engaging in thoughtful critique. May 26-June 18 at the New School in NYC. Information.

The Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) hosts a two-week intensive workshop in Elementary Labanotation from June 15- June 26 in New York City. Tuition: $925 (prior to April 1)/ $985 (after May 1). Info.

Bearnstow Workshops: Visit Bearnstow's website to read about their summer workshops, which run from June - August. Artists include: Claire Porter, Robin Gilmore, and K.J. Holmes. Talk to Bebe to learn more about the Bearnstow experience. Information.

Site-Specific Creative Residency with Stephan Koplowitz: June 16-29 in Spoleto, Italy. LaMaMa Umbria is now accepting applications for a two-week residency on site-specific performance with Stephen Koplowitz. Applications are due by February 27. More information.

Bill Evans Teachers' Intensives 2015: Bill Evans will host two workshops this summer at Dean College: The Art and Science of Teaching Dance (July 6-15) and the International Conference on Teaching Somatics-Based Dance (July 16-19). Faculty include Bill Evans, Peggy Hackney, and Claire Porter. More information.

Paul Taylor Dance Company in
Paul Taylor Summer Intensive: This two week intensive from July 26-August 8 in Baltimore, MD will introduce dancers to Taylor style through daily technique and repertoire classes with current and/or former PTDC dancers. Information.

Bebe Miller Company Intensive: A six-day workshop in collaborative practice taught by Bebe, dancers Angie Hauser and Darrell Jones and dramaturg Talvin Wilks in Sullivant from August 2-8. Each day, participants will work on movement, partnered dancing and development, dramaturgy, and collaboration.

Now & Next Dance Mentoring Project Summer Program: August 17-21 in Washington, DC. Directed by OSU alum Ashley Thorndike Youssef (PhD '10), this program, designed for college dance majors and young professionals, combines a company-style somatics/technique/repertory workshop with a teacher training program. This year's faculty include Maree Remalia (MFA '11) Dante Brown (MFA '12), and Thorndike-Youssef. Information.

More intensivesfestivals, and workshops...


NACHMO Showing: Columbus choreographers who participated in this year's NACHMO (National Choreography Month) will show their new work on Friday, February 27 at 8pm at Feverhead. Reception at 7pm. $5. Information.

LINES OF FLIGHT: a screening of new queer porn: February 28 from 6-8pm at Feverhead. Curated by PhD Candidate Michael J. Morris, this public screening of the work of award-winning feminist and queer porn directors and performers will present viewers with a sampling of porn being made at the leading edges of culture, and ask viewers to consider the significance of pornography alongside its erotic potential: as an industry, as performance, as visual culture, as sex education, and as political activism. Screening will be followed by an open dialogue. 18 + event. For questions/information, contact Michael, or visit their blog.

Columbus Dances Fellowship concert: March 6 at 8pm and March 7 at 3pm and 8pm at at Columbus Dance Theatre. The concert features five works by choreographers selected by adjudication for the fellowship. 3rd year MFA Ani Javian will show her MFA project, Elsewhere, reworked for the proscenium stage, and 3rd year MFA Tammy Carrasco and 2nd year MFA Sarah Levitt will present a new duet, Semi-Formal. Info.

Kat Sauma | Assembled Hearts presents Partially Something + Wholly Nothing on March 6-7 at 8pm at M I N T Art Gallery, featuring choreography by Kat Sauma (BFA '14) and performances by current students and alums of the Dance Department.

Dynamic Collision
Dynamic Collision: March 13-14 at 7pm at Columbus Dance Theatre. Come see new work by senior BFAs Wesley Charlton, Ca'la Henderson, Kimberly Isaacs, and Julie Kogan. Information.

Ballet 422 at Gateway Film Center on March 13 and running for one week only. From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 goes backstage at the New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work. Info.

OhioDance Festival: Registration is now open for the festival, which runs from April 24-26 and features classes, workshops, and performances. This year's guest artist is Liz Lerman. 5% off registration if you sign up before March 1! Information.

More performances...


Call for submissions: Festival of the Finest seeks performing and visual artists for their outdoor festival on April 17. For information, talk to Tori Alesi, who is organizing the festival. Application due by March 2nd.

Call for choreographers: The Dance Gallery Festival seeks choreographers for their ninth annual international dance festival on September 25-27 in New York City and October 1-3 in Texas. Application materials must be received by March 20. Information.

Call for proposals: The Department of Arts Administration, Education & Policy and Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Autism Network is planning an Arts & Autism Conference on August 10-11, 2015 at Sullivant Hall. Faculty and students who have an interest in dance and disabilities (especially autism) are encouraged to present research, a performance, a workshop, or panel presentations. Contact Susan Petry for more details.

Create a 3-5 minute "Evolution of Dance" flashmob for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Recognition Program on April 16. Participants: faculty, staff, and students from the College. Compensation: $250 (negotiable). Contact Marilyn Trefz for more information.


Quilan Arnold seeks 3-5 dancers for UNCHAINED, a fashion show event to raise awareness of human trafficking. The event will take place on May 2nd at 7pm, with a dress rehearsal on April 18 from 1-4pm. Dancers will learn set choreography as well as improvisational scores. Contact Quilan for details.

The School at Jacob's Pillow will hold auditions in Chicago for its contemporary and jazz/hip-hop program on February 28, and hold auditions for its Musical Theatre program on March 1. $15 audition fee. Application must be submitted to audition. Information.

Columbus Dance Theatre
Columbus Dance Theatre audition: Saturday, February 28th at 10am. CDT seeks male and female apprentices and company members for its 2015-2016 season. More information.

Audition for 2015-2016 MFA works: Saturday, February 28 from 12:15-2:30pm. Noelle Bohaty, Kristina D'Onofrio, Rachel Freeburg and Sarah Levitt will hold auditions to cast their MFA projects, which will be presented next year. Contact Sarah Levitt for information.

Diavolo Dance auditions: Diavolo seeks male and female performers with strong backgrounds in dance, partnering and acrobatics for its upcoming season. Auditions will be held on March 28 in Dallas, May 9 in Denver, and May 23 in LA. More information.

Ballet Quad Cities audition: Saturday, March 14 from 3-5pm at the Lou Conte Studio in Chicago, IL. BQC seeks male and female dancers for their 2015-2016 season. Information.

Camp Timber Ridge in High View, WV, seeks a dance instructor for its 2015 camp. Must be available from June 10-August 8. Paid position with room and board. Information.

Camp Wicosuta seeks dance instructors for its sleepaway camps for girls in New Hampshire. Must be available June 14-August 20. Contact Carly Meltzer with questions by email or phone (914-946-0927) and visit their website for more information.

Broadway Theatre Project at Sea Summer Intensive: July 9-August 1. This intense performing arts institute held over three weeks in the summer is hosted by Norwegian Cruise Line at their state-of-the-art training facility in Tampa Bay, Florida. Applications must be received by March 15. Information.

Cutting Edge Dance Studio in Powell is hiring teachers for Thursday night classes (Jr. Ballet, Lyrical,  Jazz, Leaps and Turns). Contact Stacie for more information, or you can email alum Kelly Hurlburt (BFA '14) to learn more.

More auditionscalls for entryfellowships & residenciesinternship & volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities...


Upward Bound seeks tutor/counselors and instructors for their 2015 summer program. Applications are due by April 3rd. Information.

OSU LiFE Sports Initiative is hiring interns for their summer 2015 camp, which runs from June 8th-July 2nd. Information.

Paid Internship in Folk Arts Program: The New York Folklore society will provide a $5000 stipend for a 10-12 week internship to participate in field research, archival activities, and program presentation. Internship areas include: Haitian Community Initiative, Colombian Community Cultural Initiative, and Music of the Turko-Persian Diaspora in New York. Application deadline: March 4. Information.


This week's shoutout goes to YOU! You are halfway through a very busy spring semester here in the Dance Department. When asked to embody their feelings about being at the midway point, the students had a variety of responses...please enjoy the many faces of Week 7 as you head into Week 8. You can do it! 


Check out this week's e-portfoilo by freshman Calder White!


"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnified world in itself. Almost an 'unrecognizable' world."
--Henry Miller

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