The organization began as the Association of Ohio Dance Companies, formed in 1976 by representatives from 16 dance companies in Ohio. To reflect the increased membership it served, the organization changed its name to OhioDance in 1984.


  • 1981 – Produced first statewide festival at Kenyon College in Gambier
  • 1987 – Served as fiscal agent for major institutions
  • 1988 – Received nomination for outstanding arts event of the year (festival) from the Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • 1989 – Office moved to Columbus First National Performance Network residency hosted by Ohio Dance
  • 1995 – Produced OhioDances!, a videotape of Ohio’s diverse dance companies
  • 1996 – Published first statewide dance directory and resource guide
  • 1997 – Established website
  • 1998 – Produced festival in Columbus in conjunction with Network ’98: Conference of the International Network of Performing and Visual Arts Schools; reestablished choreographers showcase
  • 2000 – Two OhioDance Award categories were established: outstanding contribution to the dance art form and to dance education
  • 2004 – Presented Ohio’s Dance Treasures in Columbus with Ohio State’s Theatre Research Institute, in conjunction with the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Exhibition America’s 100 Dance Treasures
  • 2005 – Established professional auditions at the festival
  • 2006 – Relaunched the Dance Education Website with new design and content
  • 2007 – Awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the festival