Thursday, April 09, 2015

Week 13 Announcements: April 13-17


Anne Bogart and Ann Hamilton
Call for shout-outs: Did you present at a conference? Receive an award? Get a job? Dori and Sarah are compiling all of your exciting accomplishments from spring semester. Students, send yours to Sarah; faculty, send yours to Dori.

An Interdisciplinary Conversation with Anne Bogart and Ann Hamilton: April 14 from 12-1pm in the Barnett Theatre. Director Anne Bogart and visual artist Ann Hamilton will discuss their collaboration at the Wexner, the theater is a blank page. Learn more about their project here. Email Kim Wilczak for details.

Spring Informance: Monday, April 27 from 10:20-12pm in the Barnett. Want to show work? Contact Ani to sign up. 


Buck-I-SERV seeks graduate student, faculty and staff to act as advisors for the spring break service trips from May 9-16. Talk to Sarah Levitt, who advised a winter break trip, if you'd like more information. Application/information.

Graduate School Awards Reception: April 21 from 3-5pm in the Buckeye Reading Room in the Thompson Library.

Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship 2015: The ICA Fellowship Program seeks to involve and increase the number of culturally diverse advocates as emerging leaders in the fields of cultural arts, public policy, and advocacy. Fellows receive mentorship from senior-level arts professionals in NYC, a curriculum highlighting arts advocacy theory and a generous stipend. Applications are due April 24. Info.

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...


Study at George Brown Dance: George Brown Dance offers intensive certificates and diplomas in Dance Performance Preparation, Dance Performance Studies, and Commercial Dance Studies. Auditions: April 19 and May 24 in Toronto. Information

**Featured MFA program of the week: Hollins 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 for off-season conditioning.

Mariah Nierman,
Mariah says: Putting time in in the studios is very important, but cross training and developing your cardiovascular health is something to focus on also. While on break from school, it's a good time to diversify your body’s movement and conditioning. This can help with overall fitness, but also protect you from repetitive overuse injuries and help with exercise boredom. Aerobic activities strengthen the heart, lungs, bones, ligaments and tendons.  It also reduces cholesterol, blood pressure, and stress while it fights depression. And possibly the most important advantage of aerobic exercise is injury prevention.

Research shows that majority of dance injuries happen at the end of class or rehearsal.  The longer you are dancing, the more fatigued you become.  As your body runs out of energy your muscles weaken, you have decreased muscle balance, and increased muscle stiffness.  This fatigued state allows your body to be more easily overcome by forces and transmits increased stress on joint structures making the dancer more vulnerable to an injury. The OSU Performing Arts Medicine team also tends to notice an increase in injuries at the beginning of the school year from people deconditioning during break and trying to make their bodies jump right back into the grueling school schedule without proper conditioning preparation.

Examples of activities to increase your aerobic fitness are Zumba, spinning classes, running or jogging, cycling, elliptical machine, stair climbing, or swimming.  The options are limitless. Don’t force yourself into an activity that doesn’t feel natural to your body, but also expand your movement experience from just dancing. To achieve health benefits, you need to exercise at a moderate pace for at least 20 minutes 2-3 times a week.

So get yourself up and moving, improve that cardiovascular fitness level and allow aerobic exercise to give you the energy to live and dance life to the fullest!  But don’t forget your body needs time to repair itself, so rest is essential.  Give yourself at least one day off a week from any exercise. Have fun staying in shape over the break and coming back better than ever!

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 and students
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.

The Body Now Summer Workshop: July 6-12 on Whidbey Island in Washington. Create more joy in your life, more sense of well-being and ease through meaningful community play, and learn how to pass it on. Learn practical, playful skills that help with self-care, stress reduction, and conflict free communication with everyone in your life. 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...


Finals Week DANCE BREAK: MFA Josh Manculich is offering a contemporary jazz class on Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm in 290. Sign up for this free class in the Green Room and dance away your finals week stress! Contact Josh for details.


A Chorus LineOur very own Ayana Freeman plays Connie Wong in this production at Short North Stage running from April 9-26. Check out the trailer hereInformation.

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. Info.

Interdisciplinary Research class showing: April 29, 5-6:30pm in MOLA. Students in Norah Zuniga-Shaw's Interdisciplinary Research class in ACCAD will present their findings and performances in this public sharing. The showing will be followed by a reception. Contact Jess Cavender for information.

Toward Belonging: Wednesday, April 29 at 8pm, Thursday, April 30 at 8pm in the Barnett Theatre. PhD candidate Michael J. Morris presents a new work moving through the mechanics and formal dimensions of sociality, the physical vocabularies of how bodies are together. It examines how bodies follow one another along paths that are straight or along trajectories that veer queerly, how they fall in line and out of step, how they carry one another along and are moved by what other people do, how they gather and separate. FREE and open to the public. Info.

Crystal Michelle presents the descent of this water: rain: Crystal Michelle (MFA '13) presents this new work on Friday, May 8 at 7:30pm at the RiverScape Metro Park in Dayton and Saturday, May 9 at 7pm at the Dublin Arts Council grounds. Info.

More performances...


From Design to Market with Mary Fisher: Making a Living as an Artist: April 14, 10-11am in Sullivant 141. RSVP here.

Art as Resistance: Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Movement: April 16, 4:30-6pm in Sullivant 141. RSVP here.

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.


Audition for independent film Fanboy: Filming for this project will take place in summer and early fall. Contact Jon Washington via email or phone (440-679-1987) for information.

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.

MamLuft & Co.
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.

MamLuft & Co., a Cincinnati-based modern dance company, seeks dancers for its ninth season. Auditions will be held on June 1-2 during the company's summer intensive. 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...


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. Information.


Dr. Melanye White Dixon was recognized on April 7 by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for receiving an ODI grant to support her conference paper, "Social Change and The Black Dancing Body: Mary Hinkson and the Martha Graham Dance Company." Dr. Dixon presented the paper at the 21st Annual Popular Culture Association Conference held in New Orleans from April 1-4.

Dr. Dixon with Vice Provost and Director of the Office
of Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Valerie Lee

On Monday, PhD candidate Michael J. Morris received the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, The Ohio State University's highest recognition of the exceptional teaching of its graduate students. Out of the 3,000 graduate teaching associates on campus, only ten are selected (by nomination) to receive this prestigious award. Congratulations, Michael! 

Professor Candace Feck, Professor Norah Zuniga-Shaw,
Grad Studies Chair Professor Karen Eliot, Michael J. Morris, and
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School Kathleen Wallace


Check out 3rd Year MFA Megan Davis' e-portfolio, a girl with a view, featuring her choreographic projects and writings. 


"Sometimes, when I find I haven't written a single sentence after scribbling whole pages, I collapse on my couch and lie there dazed, bogged in a swamp of despair, hating myself and blaming myself for this demented pride that makes me pout after a chimera. A quarter of an hour later, everything has changed; my heart is pounding with joy."
--Gustave Flaubert

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