Friday, August 28, 2015

Week 2 Announcements: August 31-September 4

The 2015/2016 semester marks the beginning of Susan Hadley's tenure as Chair of OSU Dance:

Welcome Susan Hadley!

Susan Hadley has already made her mark on  OSU Dance as an outstanding faculty and mentor.  Hadley received The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award and the inaugural Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award.

But do you know about her illustrious career as a performer with Mark Morris and Senta Driver?  Or about her choreographic work?  Find out more here.

Josh Manculich - 2nd year MFA
OSU Dance MFA Student receives prestigious award for choreographic work:

Graduate Student Josh Manculich received a Princess Grace Choreography Award for his work with The Big Muddy Dance Company.  The Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theatre, dance and film.  This unique collaborative process gives emerging artists the financial assistance and encouragement to focus on artistic excellence.  The award ceremony will take place in NYC on September 25.

Read the full article here.  Congratulations, Josh!

Washington University in St. Louis Department of Performing Arts invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in Modern Dance at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the fall semester of 2016.  Priority will be give to applications submitted by November 15, 2015.

UCAT pilots its first Teaching Circle consisting of current Ohio State graduate students, from an array of academic disciplines, who have both experience and interest in teaching at the college level. A great way for GTAs to improve their own teaching practice, but also to lend their expertise and ideas to others. The self-directed group will meet four times over the semester to network and discuss issues of teaching and learning.  Applications are due August 31.

More job postings, university positions...

The Barnett Center is announcing a new Internship Program, with the mission is to educate and prepare students for successful careers in the arts and related entrepreneurial fields.  Those interested can find more at the information session on Tuesday, September 1 at 9:30am, or Tuesday, September 8 at 6pm.  Information.

Male ballroom dancer needed to partner a differently-abled dancer in several pieces.  This volunteer would need to be available on Saturday mornings.  Interested?  Contact Deb Singer for more information.

There's still some room left in these great Autumn 2015 courses...

Dance 2367H: Honors Writing for Dance provides a rigorous opportunity to view, discuss, read, think and write about contemporary dance and its history through the study and practice of criticism.  [Prereq: Honors standing, and English 1110.01 (110) or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 367.01H.]

AFAMAST 3440: Theorizing Race aims to demonstrate how and why 'race' and racism occupy central dimensions in the construction of 'Western' societies and modernity.  The course will highlight the contestability of apparently fixed concepts like 'race', ethnicity, culture, and identity and students will apply these insights in the critical evaluation of contemporary racial formations and the politics of race.

The Dream Dancer (and Other Hysterics): A Dance Theater performance presented along with new dance and video works by the Columbus Moving Company on Friday & Saturday, September 11/12 at 8pm, and Sunday, September 13 at 2pm.  This original work was conceived by John Giffin, former member of the Pina Bausch Dance Theatre Company and OSU Dance Faculty Emeritus, and Jeanine Thompson, OSU Theatre Movement Specialist faculty.  Performances take place at The Garden Theatre.  Tickets.

Choreographer Jan Martens at the Wexner Center: Two shows on four nights, Sweat Baby, Sweat and The Dog Days Are Over on October 8 & 9 at 8pm, and October 11 at 2pm & October 12 at 8pm.  Student tickets are $10.  Get your tickets NOW they are going fast.

DANCECleveland: Student tickets are available for the 60th anniversary season.  For show listings and dates, click here.

As part of the OSU Department of Dance family, you have a team of Performing Arts Medicine (PAM) specialists at your disposal, including 12 including physicians, sports chiropractor, physical therapists, athletic trainers as well as nutritionists and sports psychologists. Take advantage of the Friday morning injury checks/open clinic in the Condition Room 291.  Sign up.

Tips & Tidbits: Self Release with tennis ball – Place tennis ball under calf muscle. Use your arms and opposite leg to support your body weight and roll up and down over the tennis ball. Make sure you reach all parts of the muscle, top/bottom, in/out, but avoid the Achilles tendon.  Perform for 3-5 minutes each leg.

OSU students have been busy this summer.  Here are just a few highlights...

PhD Kaustavi Sarkar presented her research, Erasing the Erasure: Improvization and Odissi at Jadavpur University in India, and her article, Queer Temporal Twists of Acceptable Indigeneity: Concurrence of Odissi, Mahari, and Gatipua Performance was accepted for the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship 2015.

PhD Fenella Kennedy presented at OSU's Autism in the Arts conference on the role that dance can have in communicating with autistic populations.  Attendees responded enthusiastically, and as a result Fenella has been asked to come and share her work in other OSU programs.  Read more about the conference here.

Graduate Student Brandon Whited received a grant from the Coca-Cola foundation to support his MFA research.

Undergraduate Student Anna Vomacka performed the Bessie-Award winning work, Timelining, at Guggenheim this summer.  The final performance is September 7, if you want to see Anna (and her mother) perform.

Congratulations to Brazil Cast Members Charlotte Stickles, Cyrah Ward & Calder White for receiving Undergraduate Scholar Awards for projects related to the Brazil Tour.

Incoming BFA Kyla Makovsky was selected as a National Honorable Mention of the 2015 Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award by the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  Kyla will be attending NDEO in October.

Incoming BFA Paige St. John won the 2015 Maggie Patton Dance Scholarship and OhioDance Outstanding Dance Student Award.

"Art is an act of the spirit.  It asks you to be a conduit for something other than yourself."
 --Anne  Bogart 

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