Monday, March 23, 2015

Week 11 Announcements: March 30-April 3


Congratulations to the choreographers, performers, and crew on a great opening of Absolute Existence! Be sure to catch the show on Friday at 8pm, or Saturday at 3pm & 8pm.

Scenes from Absolute Existence
Photos by Yue Wu of the Lantern

Brown bag lunch with dramaturg Talvin Wilks: Talvin Wilks, one of Bebe Miller's collaborators, will be in the department this week working with Bebe's Designing Dance class. All students are invited to attend a brown bag lunch with Talvin on Wednesday, April 1 from 12-1pm in the "Living Room" (lobby) of the dance office.

Dance Fort: A History: A Conversation with Bebe Miller and Talvin Wilks: Thursday, April 2nd, 4-5pm in Sullivant 220. Learn about Dance Fort, a digital book featuring an interactive look into the process of making A History. Information.

Practices for the Post-College Life: Monday, March 30 from 12:30-2pm in the Green Room. This month's theme is "Making Ends Meet" and will feature first-hand accounts from current MFA students about how they danced and paid their bills after college. Contact Tammy Carrasco for more information.

Next weekend: Drums Downtown XI at the Riffe! Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at 8pm at the Riffe. Tickets available here.


1st Annual Graduate Student and Professional Spring Convocation and Networking Reception: Wednesday, April 1, 6:30-9:15 at the Faculty Club. Featuring a keynote by Dr. Samuel R. Hodge. Information.

Call for Papers: Laban Studies: Pedagogy in Theory and Practice. This special issue of the Journal of Movement Arts Literacy seeks papers on pedagogical practices surrounding any and all Laban-based studies. Papers must be received by October 1. Information.

Job postings: University of BuffaloDenison UniversityShenandoah UniversityUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis

More job postings...


Practices for the Post-College Life: Monday, March 30 from 12:30-2pm in the Green Room. This month's theme is "Making Ends Meet" and will feature first-hand accounts from current MFA students about how they danced and paid their bills after college. Contact Tammy Carrasco for more information.

**Featured MFA program of the week: NYU-Tisch


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...


Dr. Holly Davis from Counseling and Consultation Services leads a discussion about dance wellness on April 8 at 12pm in the Green Room.

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


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.

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.

Intensive Dance Therapy Course: June 1-12 in Westhampton, NY. Approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, this course includes 60 contact hours in dance/movement therapy and skills, group process and movement observation. Course credit is available. $975; housing is available. For information please contact director Linni Diehl. 

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.

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.

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Summer Intensive: July 12-18 in Dayton, OH. Open to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 16-21. Classes include ballet, modern, African, jazz, and DCDC repertory. Application must be received by April 15. Information. 

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...


Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter: This film, opening at Gateway on 3/27 for one week, tells the inspiring and largely unknown story of a woman whose life was defined by her love for dance. Martha Hill emerges as dance's secret weapon, someone who fought against great odds to establish dance as a legitimate Modern Dance art form in America. Information.

Drums Downtown XI: April 3-4 at the Riffe. Featuring new work by Melanie Bales, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Susan Hadley, Susan Petry, Janet Schroder and Brandon Whited. Information.

1st Year Grad Show: Monday, April 6 at 7pm in the Barnett. Come see new work by our fabulous first year MFA and PhDs: Todd Eckert, Cole Garlando, Fenella Kennedy, Josh Manculich, and John Luna.
Oculus Pile

Oculus Pile: PhD Kimberly Wilczak's site-specific landscape choreography makes visible a kaleidoscopic dream of pedestrian and dance activity as a performative result of design analysis and choreographic study through the privileged view of the Knowlton School of Architecture's oculus. Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 9 at 12:30pm. Contact Kim for details.

OhioDance Festival Performance: April 25 at 6:30pm at Ballet Met Performance Space. Featuring choreography by Edward Liang, Griset Damas Roche, Mansee Singhi, Sukanya Chand, and OSU graduate students Tammy Carrasco, Sarah Levitt, Joshua Manculich, and Lyndsey Vader. Pre-professional companies include Ballet Excel Ohio, Dayton Dance Conservatory Co., and Hathaway Brown.

More performances...


Bebe Miller Company
Dance Fort: A History: A Conversation with Bebe Miller and Talvin Wilks: Thursday, April 2nd, 4-5pm in Sullivant 220. Learn about Dance Fort, a digital book featuring an interactive look into the process of making A History. Information.

Contact Improvisation class with Nancy Stark Smith: Friday, April 17 from 10:20-2:40pm. Enrollment is open to BFA and MFA/PhDs and limited to 25. Register here.

Embodied Research: The Trace is Not the End with Nancy Stark Smith: Saturday, April 18 from 10-5pm in 390. This workshop for experienced improvisers brings participants into an experience of embodied research that integrates analytical and creative processes of scoring. Participants will work together to discover how a full range of ideas and questions contained within dance can be moved, traced, transmitted, communicated, and used to catalyze new creative activity in dance and beyond. $55/$15 OSU students. Register here.


Eisenhower Dance will hold auditions for male and female dancers on April 18 (Michigan), April 19 (NYC), May 17 (Chicago). Eisenhower Dance is a contemporary repertory company based in Detroit, MI. Information.

Dissonance Dance Theatre, a Washington, DC-based contemporary ballet company, holds auditions for its 2015-2016 season on April 19 from 3-6pm in DC. Dancers receive performance stipends and pointe shoe allotments. Information.


Universal Gymnastics Incorporated in Hilliard, Ohio seeks a summer dance instructor for employment 1-2 days a week. The instructor will work with gymnasts on dance, posture, choreography, and conditioning. Please contact Compulsory Director Tera Morris for more information.

Andrew Bell Performing Arts Center seeks an intern to assist with pre-dance classes for 3-5 year olds on Wednesday from 6:15-7pm. Stipend available. Contact Michelle Hardaway for information.

Wildfire Dance Studio seeks studio manager/instructor: Seeking an outgoing, entrepreneurial, passionate dancer who enjoys working with children and is interested in learning all aspects of running a studio. College degree preferred; dance background required. Must be very creative and have strong dance and choreography abilities. Must be organized, pleasant and professional, with excellent writing skills and problem solving abilities. $25,000-35,000 based on experience. Contact Katie Stansberry for more information.

Dance Studio M seeks a dance Instructor: College degree in dance or professional experience required. Position begins in September. Contact Studio Manager Barbara Howitt for details, and learn more about the studio here

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


Vaud-Villities, a Columbus-based performance group, seeks volunteers to assist in tearing down and reassembling their theatre risers. Risers will be removed on Thursday, April 23rd at 10pm, and assembled again on Friday, April 24 at 5pm. For your time, you will be awarded with a Certificate of Community Assistance and a free ticket to any of their spring 2015 shows. Contact board member Sue Logan for more information.

The Momentum Program seeks volunteers for their rehearsals and performances on May 11-15. Hundreds of fourth graders will perform at the Capitol Theatre, and volunteers will assist the students backstage. Each volunteer receives a t-shirt and a boxed lunch. Learn more about Momentum here, and contact Monica Kridler to get involved.


Congratulations to Michael J. Morris, who just accepted the position of Three-Year Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at Denison University, starting this fall. Congratulations! 

A big shout-out to accompanist extraordinaire Elijah Palnik on his awesome TEDxOSU talk!


Sophomore Kylee Smith documents her journey to her BFA in Dance on her e-portfolio, featuring her writings about her experiences in the program. 


"Just do your work. And if the world needs your work it will come and get you. And if it doesn't, do your work anyway. You can have fantasies about having control over the world, but I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. That is the grace I'm given. Because when one can control things, one is limited to one's own vision."

--Kiki Smith, mixed-media artist

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