13 Weird Things Dancers Do

Check out this article I wrote for The Odyssey at Ohio University about the crazy things dancers do that “normal people” just don’t understand.


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OhioDance Fall Festival heads to Athens

OhioDance, the leading state-wide organization supporting diverse dance practices, will hold its fall festival October 23-25, 2015. This event is co-hosted by Ohio University, School of Dance, Film, and Theater, Division of Dance in Athens, Ohio.

The theme and title of the conference, Dance Matters: Moving Forward, encompasses the idea that no matter what future changes may occur, dance and the arts will always forge ahead creatively, kinesthetically, and intellectually.

Special events include a master class by guest artist Kyle Abraham and a lecture demonstration provided by Abraham. In.Motion company members.

The mission of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the goal of the movement is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. A.I.M. is a representation of dancers from various disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individualities create movement that is manipulated and molded into something fresh and unique.

Over the three day weekend there will be a dance performance, a variety of master classes, dance film showings, a regional roundtable centered around the OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection, discussion on social media law and Ohio University dance division faculty will provide information about the dance program at OU for PreProfessional dancers as well as an audition by OU faculty for high school seniors. Events open to Athens community members include:

Oct. 23, 2015: 3-5 p.m. — Abraham.In.Motion lecture demonstration

Oct. 24, 2015: 12:15-1:15 p.m. — Kyle Abraham lecture, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. — Dance performance-Informal Showing

All events will take place at Ohio University in the Putnam Hall dance studios, 98 East Union St., Athens, OH 45701. Registration fee applies. Full details at http://ohiodance.org/festival/ or contact Jane D’Angelo at jane@ohiodance.org or 614-224-2913.

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Prepare to be Moved: The Movement presents annual concert Oct. 1-2

The Movement Organization, a student dance organization at Ohio University, presents its annual concert, Thursday, Oct.1 and Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater in Putnam Hall. General admission tickets are $7.00.

The Movement Concert features choreography by student members of the organization. The concert includes ten unique dance pieces ranging in style and technique. John Bohuslawsky designed the lighting for the concert and Hayley Ross serves as stage manager for the production.

Encaptured in the Presence of…, choreographed by Kristyn Lein, is about the struggle of being so blinded or enraptured by something that it affects anything and everything in ones life. The piece explores the feeling of being stopped in time while everything else keeps moving.

Harnessing the playfulness and joyful qualities of young sisters, Big Much, choreographed by Sydney Sanders, is a representation of the relationship and bond that young siblings have. The piece takes the audience into the life of children living life full heartedly.

Remind Me, choreographed by Lily Gelfand, is a duet centered around the concept of memory. It is based on the (sometimes frustrating) feelings we have when we can’t remember something, whether it is trying to remember someone’s name, a birthday, or a question on an exam.

Corrinne Bailey’s piece Crinkle is about Rheumatoid Arthritis. It focuses on the struggle of mind over body, and not allowing the disease to take control.

This Is Where We Are, choreographed by Lexie Lombardi, is about the journey of positives and negatives in life. Each person takes a different path, but each one is unique and beautiful.

Awaiting Helios, choreographed by Ben Roach, is inspired by the developmental progression of ferns under a condensed time span. Four dancers personify various components for plant life, including minerals, water, and sunlight.

Arbitrary Direction, choreographed by Azaree Whitehead, explores the juxtaposition between systematic and adventitious movement. Whitehead used the contingency of the sound as inspiration for the trio, allowing the obscure noises to inform and guide her choreography.

 Trezon Dancy’s duet, At Ease, is a love story to be reckoned with, playing on the attributes of staying together while being far apart. The piece persuades its audience to look back at their own love story and make a memory.

The Withering of Angles, choreographed by Katarina Hanifan, is inspired by angles and the many shapes they can make. The piece exhibits the ways in which bodies move through angles and lines alike.

Caroline Ciferno’s piece, For Your Nerve, takes the audience on a journey similar to the sacred journey that we embark on in life—bewilderingly complex yet seemingly simple all at once.

 The Movement is an organization for Ohio University students interested in the performance of dance, and other presentations of dance and artistic collaborations involving movement. A primary aim of the organization is the promotion of dance as a thriving art in both the University and the Athens community. For more information and upcoming events visit http://oumovement.wix.com/oumovement or contact president, Grace Nicklos at movement@ohio.edu.

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Columbus artists mourn the loss of BalletMet director

The Columbus arts community was saddened to hear about the loss of Cheri Mitchell, former executive director of BalletMet and arts advocate. Mitchell died in surgery after being struck by a car while jogging at about 7
a.m. on Tuesday Sept. 22.

Mitchell served as the executive director of BalletMet for 13 years and worked for the company 16 years total. She also worked for CATCO before taking her position at BalletMet and served as a board member for OhioDance and Ohio Citizens for the Arts. She was an active member of the arts community in Columbus and will be dearly missed by her friends, family, and colleagues in the arts.

“It’s hard to think of anyone who had the impact that Cheri has had on our arts community,” said Bill Conner, president and CEO of the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, according to an article written in the Columbus Dispatch.

“She was the glue that held the arts community together. Everyone in the arts in Columbus has such love and respect for her,” Conner said.

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Performing This Weekend: Sept. 18-20

Arts are everywhere this weekend. Take a look at three great performances from Columbus to Cleveland to right here in Athens!

Tapestry Performing Arts Company: “The Awakening of Art Project – Volume 2”

“The Awakening of Art Project – Volume 2” honors 10 local Columbus artists by bringing their work to life through dance, drama and music. Tapestry Performing Arts Company is committed to honoring those who give, teach, support, and inspire, in the Columbus community and beyond. Fashion designers, mixed media artist, photographers, painters, jewelry designers, quilters and more. The performance will take place at the Columbus Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19. Tickets are $20. Click here for more info.

An Evening With Kathryn Morgan

New York City Ballet dancer Kathryn Morgan will perform excerpts from Don Quioxte and Swan Lake, as well as the premiere of The Red Shoes, choreographed by Morgan herself. $100 VIP Ticket includes access to pre and post show catered receptions in the Gund Dance Studio and a meet and greet with Kathryn Morgan following the show. The pre-show reception begins at 6:30 p.m on Sept. 19. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre in Cleveland. More information available here.

The Best of The Second City

Chicago’s legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Ohio University with “The Best of The Second City.” This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City’s 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more– as well as their trademark improvisation. This Parent’s Weekend special will take place at 8 p.m. on Sept. 19 at the Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $20. More information at https://www.ohio.edu/performingarts/.

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Dance Takes Over the Big Screen

Dance has just now started to make it’s debut on the big screen with documentaries like Ballet 422 and First Position. From ballet to modern to hip hop, the dance world will be buzzing with these exciting films coming soon to a theater near you!

A Ballerina’s Tale

Misty Copeland has been the talk of the town since her promotion to Principal dancer in July. “A Ballerina’s Tale” takes an in depth look at Misty’s journey to succeed in one of the most difficult professions out there.

Creative Domain

“Creative Domain” gives audiences a peek into the creative process of Paul Taylor, one of the most private choreographers in modern dance. The film features interviews with Paul Taylor Company dancers and Paul himself. After 60 years one of modern dance’s greatest choreographers is revealing his craft and we will all be there anxiously watching.

High Strung

For all those “Step Up” and “Center Stage” fans out there looking for a more commercial film, “High Strung” will give viewers just what they are hoping for. The film stars ballerina Keenan Kampa and hip hopper, Ian Eastman and features exciting and upbeat Dave Scott choreography. The trailer hasn’t been released yet, but here is some behind the scenes footage.

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Performing This Weekend: Sept. 11-13

Tired of school already? Take a break by visiting the theater this weekend!

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

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This award winning stage adaptation of CS Lewis’ best-selling children’s book is truly a show for all the family! With special light and sound effects, a magical set and fabulous costumes, this is a show that will enchant children and adults alike. Performances take place at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20-$45. For more information click here.

Inlet Dance Theatre

Inlet Dance Theatre

Inlet Dance Theatre will perform the duet, 10, in a concert featuring an adjudicated selection of dance works and companies from Northeast Ohio, in Playhouse Square’s Dance Showcase at the Connor Palace on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Inlet Dance Theatre is one of the region’s most exciting professional contemporary dance companies.  Founded in 2001 by Founder and Executive/Artistic Director Bill Wade, Inlet embodies his longstanding belief that dance viewing, training and performing experiences serve as tools to bring about personal growth and development. More details available here.

Columbus Moving Company: META

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The Columbus Moving Company will premiere a collection of works titled “Ghost Light” in the second act of this performance. “Ghost Light” enters the metaphysical realm of the subconscious through dance and theatre. There will be an immersive element inspired by the cult performance art project “Sleep No More”, which welcomes the audience to step back in time to the formative years of the Garden Theater. Performances will be Sept. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information visit http://shortnorthstage.org/calendar/v/487.

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