Friday, October 23, 2015

Week 10 Announcements: October 26-November 1


MFA Concert of existence: and ways of being features works from 3rd year MFA grads Noelle Bohaty, s.lumbert and Brandon Whited. Performances are in the Barnett Theatre, Thursday - Saturday, October 29-31 at 8pm; 3pm matinee on Saturday, October 31. Information and tickets.

Dr. Dixon and Diah Annika Sari
Undergraduate Auditions are happening Friday & Saturday, October 23-24.  If you see auditionees or their guests, please welcome them to the Department of Dance at OSU.

Adjudications for ACDA 2016 & Winter Concert will take place on Saturday, October 31 at 9am in the Barnett Theatre. There is a strict 12 minute time limit for works in ACDA, and all cast members must be enrolled in the 2015/2016 academic year. Both undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to audition works.

The Department of Dance welcomes Diah Annika Sari to OSU.  Dinah Annika Sari is a visiting PhD from Indonesia.

Faculty Fellows Program is open to all new and/or recent PhD and terminal Master's degree recipients. The program is aimed at candidates interested in pursuing a career in undergraduate teaching and scholarship at a liberal arts institution. Registration and applications.

OUAB Grad/Prof Upcoming Events:
  • Wellness Wednesdays Stress Management on Wednesday, October 28 at 12pm in the Barbie Tootle Room, 3rd floor Ohio Union. Information.
  • Professional Small Talk and Networking, on Tuesday, November 3 at 12pm in the Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, 3rd floor Ohio Union. Information.
Graduate Research in Art Education Conference on Friday & Saturday, October 23-24. Conference panels will be held in the Barnett Collaboratory (Room 141) of Sullivant Hall. Registration.

Posted university positions...

Health Sciences Majors Fair is on Thursday, October 29 from 3-5pm in Biomedical Research Tower (460 West 12th Ave). Register here, using the access code Health2015.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sofie Clemmensen seeks a BFA Dance Major interested in performance & choreography to be a rehearsal assistant for a residency in spring 2016. Applicants must submit a one-page essay stating interest, qualifications and how the opportunity will serve future goals; must be available from March 13-20, 2016. Hard copy application due on October 30 by 5pm in Clemmensen's mailbox. For more information, contact Sofie.

Want to Study Dance Abroad in London? Must be at least 18 years of age and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher. Applications are due Saturday, October 31. Information.

The Undergraduate Research Office hosts Strategies for Writing A Successful Research Abstract on Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30pm in 232 Cockins Hall. RVSP requested. Email.

Have an outstanding GTA? Want to recognize them for their efforts? The nominations for Graduate Associate Teaching Awards are due November 9. Information.

The John Fergus Family Scholarship Application calls for entries from full-time undergraduates and graduates in studio based majors in the Arts. The scholarship is $1,000 to be applied to materials. Finalists will exhibit selected work in January 2016 at Urban Arts Space. Applications are due by 5pm on December 1, 2015. Information.

Working out the Kinks: The amount to which you use and abuse your body as a performing athlete builds up restrictions in the myofascial network in your body. To address this you need to do BOTH myofascial release (rolling out) and stretching.

  • Myofascial release is different from stretching. Stretching acts to actually lengthen the muscle itself so that it can contract and relax through a larger arc of motion. Myofascial release “un-sticks” the different layers of fascia that wrap your muscles and form a fibrous network throughout your body; it does not actually “stretch” the muscle. 
  • When you perform myofascial release, the fascia that wraps the muscles is loosened and released so the muscles can slide and glide past each other and work efficiently to move your body so you can dance the combinations and choreography necessary and get more benefit from your stretching. 
  • You should roll out at minimum 3 times a week.

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.

Gastroc & Soleus – 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 2-3 minutes each leg.

Glutes & Rotators – Place body release ball or tennis ball under one side of your buttock, support your weight on your hands or elbows. Again, be sure to reach all parts of the muscle(s), top/bottom, side to side, rotate the leg on the side you are rolling out to find & feel the deep rotators moving under the ball’s pressure. Perform for 2-3 minutes each side.

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

OhioDance Festival Fall 2015: The OhioDance Festival is schedule for October 23-25, 2015.  Masterclass instructors include Kyle AbrahamInformation.

International Ballet & Contemporary Competition in Bari, Italy in March 2016.  Registration open now. Information.

Dance Downtown 2015
Geoff Sobelle, illusionist and physical theatre artist presents The Object Lesson, a work about "the stuff that we cling to and the junk we leave behind," performing at the Wexner Center for the Arts Wednesday - Saturday, October 28-31 at 8pm, and Saturday, October 31 at 2pm. Information.

Dance Downtown at the Riffe Center on Friday & Saturday, November 13-14 at 8pm. Information and tickets.

DANCECleveland: Student tickets are available for the 60th anniversary season. Show listing and dates.

The Mask You Live In, a documentary "following boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves and negotiate America's narrow definition of masculinity," screens on Sunday, November 1 at 3pm at McPherson Labs, Room 1000, 140 W 18th Ave. Admission is free, but reservation required. Tickets.

More performances...

Commercial Dance Intensive at UNSCA auditions are open from October 1, 2015 until March 1, 2016. Applications are online only, and spots are first come, first served. Information.

Short North Stage will hold auditions for their upcoming season on Saturday, October 24 at 10am. All roles are paid a weekly salary. To request an audition, send headshot and resume to E. Carignan.

Easton Holiday Showcase auditions Sunday, October 25 from 1-4pm for 6-week holiday review at Easton Town Center. Needed: 4 singers who move, and 2 dancers who sing, between the ages 20 and 50. Information.

Kim Robards Dance will hold auditions for male and female dancers by appointment or audition packet for positions beginning in January 2016.  They are also accepting audition packets for Trainee, Apprentice and Summer Intensive Company Project programs.  Kim Robards Dance is a Modern Dance Company based in Aurora, CO.  Information.

The ML Dance Academy in Pickerington still seeks instructors for hip-hop and modern classes on Saturdays. For more information, email Joseph Moriarty.

Call for Submissions to New Moves - a live choreographic competition in Chicago. The competition takes place on Thursday, December 17. There is a $500 cash prize. Registration.

American College Dance Association (ACDA) will take place in Kalamazoo, MI from Saturday, March 5 - Wednesday, March 8, 2016. OSU was one of the founding members of ACDA and students are strongly encouraged to participate; conferences are filled with performances from schools around the region as well as masterclasses from faculty and graduate students at those institutions. Talk to Michael Kelly Bruce for more information.

Jacob's Pillow Dance Festive calls for applications to perform as part of the 2106 Inside/Out Series from June 22-August 28, 2016. Applications can include all varieties of performance, audience engagement, works-in-progress or educational proposal. Applications are due October 31, 2015Information.


Undergraduate Mary Chase Pierson is the featured blog of the week.  Read more about Mary Chase and her teaching adventures.


To engage choreographically is to position oneself in relation to another, to participate in a scene of address that anticipates and requires a particular mode of attention, even at times against our will.

-Jenn Joy
The Choreographic

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