Please join us on April 26, 27, 28, 2019
2019 OhioDance Festival and Conference
Co-Hosted by The Ohio State University Department of Dance
Sullivant Hall 315
1813 North High Street
Columbus OH 43210

Information coming soon.

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2018 OhioDance Festival and Conference
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The guest artist for the conference is
Karen Williams Hubbard. Ms. Hubbard is Associate Professor of Dance at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She received her MA in dance from OSU. She teaches Vintage Jazz Dance, the jazz movement from the first half of the 20th century as well as cultural, historical/aesthetic aspects of the form. She has taught and performed all over the world including African and Kenyan Studies at the University of Nairobi as a Fulbright – Hays Scholar. Karen’s favorite professional memories are of when she performed as a “go-go girl” with the NBC Hullabaloo Dancers; toured and performed on Broadway as Ermengard in Hello Dolly! and appeared as a Paper Doll Munchkin proto-type and dancer in the film version of The Wiz!

OhioDance awards will be presented to Monica Kridler, Columbus, for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Dance Education; Sarah Morrison, Cleveland, for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Dance Artform; and Mari Davies, Toledo, for Outstanding Contributions to Dance Arts Administration.

Headshot_Monica-02Monica Kridler, Momentum Founding Artistic Director The granddaughter of the first ballet instructor in Akron, Ohio, and the daughter of an avid ballet devotee, Akron native Monica Kridler was moved to dance at an early age. Monica studied classical ballet with Nan Klinger in Cuyahoga Falls and Heinz Poll at the Ohio Ballet and received a scholarship for summer study at the School of American Ballet. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art history from Wheaton College, Massachusetts, followed by work at Blossom Music Center near her hometown of Akron. Monica has held numerous volunteer leadership positions and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Arts Council. More than fifteen years ago, Monica was inspired to start Momentum, an in-school program that uses movement, live music, and performance to teach children the necessary life skills of self-discipline, teamwork, and striving for excellence. In its inaugural year, Momentum formed a partnership with BalletMet, and the program launched with a month-long residency for 50 children at one school. The program grew rapidly, and today Momentum is a free-standing organization affiliated with the Association of National Dance Institutes. Since its founding, Momentum has reached over 8,000 central Ohio boys and girls, and hundreds of educators in dozens of schools.

Sarah Morrison Choreographer Headshot 2018Sarah Morrison began dancing professionally with Lee Harper & Dancers in Atlanta as a teen. Upon receiving a scholarship for her choreography, she attended Case Western Reserve University earning her BA in Theater Arts and her MA in Psychology. In 1997, Morrison premiered LEAPING INTO THE NET! at Cleveland Public Theatre: the world’s first dance concert simultaneously broadcast on the internet. Since that time, she continues to experiment with using the beauty of dance to synthesize other disciplines such as science, technology, nature, and visual arts. With her dance company, MorrisonDance, she has cultivated partnerships with some of Ohio’s most interesting performing artists and scientific organizations including NASA and BrainMaster. Recently, she has been exploring vertical harness dancing with Ingenuity Cleveland. A recipient of the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award, Morrison’s work has been supported by the Rauschenberg Foundation (NYC); Cleveland Public Theatre, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Puffin Foundation (NJ), DanceNow/NYC, and the Cleveland Foundation.Morrison additionally teaches at Baldwin Wallace University and Cuyahoga Community College and has developed dance programs integrating science and math standards for preK-12 through The Center for Arts Inspired Learning. She has also co-authored several scientific publications with the Perception Lab at CWRU.

DaviesMari Davies devoted the first part of her professional career as a teacher of literature as well as Holocaust studies both in Toledo and abroad for several years in Israel. Upon leaving academia, she became involved in community organizations, serving on a boards and organizing special exhibits and events with a focus on human rights. In 2005, she was hired by the Toledo Ballet as a part time grants coordinator; nine months later, she was appointed Executive Director, a role in which she served for twelve years. During her tenure there, she increased the operating budget by over 60%, mended and increased many community and donor relationships in spite of major administrative transitions, oversaw the events celebrating Toledo Ballet’s 70th anniversary season, and provided the artistic vision and oversaw the fundraising for a new, original Nutcracker set. Feeling the need for a new career chapter that would still keep her steeped in the arts, Ms. Davies recently accepted a position as Director of Institutional Giving at the Toledo Symphony. When she is not attending a concert or another arts event, Mari is a voracious reader, loves to spend time with family which includes her Golden Rescue, Moose, and running away to Maine at every possible chance.

The three day weekend has a Young Artist Concert, A professional evening concert, an award ceremony and three days of master classes.

To become a member go to: http://ohiodance.org/membership/individual-membership/ Or http://ohiodance.org/membership/organizational-membership/


OhioDance is a statewide organization that inclusively supports the diverse and vibrant practice of dance. OhioDance is supported through grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Foundation, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.