We wish to thank all those that choreographed, performed, taught, and participated in the 2016 OhioDance Festival co-sponsored by BalletMet Columbus.

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 OhioDance Festival and Conference will be Co-Sponsored and held at BalletMet Columbus April 28, 29 and 30, 2017.

Please enjoy video clips from the 2016 OhioDance Festival

Festival Clip

Guest Artist Teena Marie Custer Clip

Festival Master Classes Clip

To view performance clips go to our performance page

2016 OhioDance Festival and ConferenceJoey Kennedy-0099
Dance Matters: Paving Possibilities
April 22-24, 2016
BalletMet Columbus
322 Mt. Vernon Ave. Columbus OH 43215
Guest Artist Teena Marie Custer

Custer’s schedule of events includes:

  • April 22, 5:00-6:30 p.m. — Master Class: Contemporary Street Influence
  • April 23, 12:30pm- 1:30pm — “Get Rooted” with Teena Marie – an interactive, multi-media, solo hip hop dance theater show performed by Teena Marie, as well as the short dance film, “Down for the Count.”
  • April 23, 2:00-3:30p.m. Master Class: Street Dance Styles

On Friday, April 22, 10:30-11:30am Young Artists’ Concert Free and open to the Public Performing: BalletMet, Timothy Lynch; Cincinnati Ballet, Maddy Bailey; Duxberry Elementary, Karen King-Cavin; Miami Valley Ballet, Lydia Davis; Momentum; JsquareDance, Justin Gibbs; Fort Hayes student piece, Iman Clark; Beck Center, Melanie Szucs; BalletMet Noelle Bohaty; St. Xavier H.S, Kodee Van Nort; Forth Hayes H. S., Gabby Stefura, Dayton Dance Conservatory Co., Suzanne Payne.

Saturday, April 23 from 6:30pm-9:00pm:OhioDance Evening Performance features Guest artist Teena Marie Custer who will be performing an excerpt from her piece “My Good Side”. BalletMet’s artistic director, Edwaard Liang, Bill Wade, Inlet Dance Theatre, and Holly Handman, Bobby Wesner will all present works. Griset Damas Roche will perform flamenco. Indian dance will be performed by Phane Sen. Contemporary dance pieces choreographed by students from OSU Department of Dance: Anna Brown Massey (MFA), Callie Lacinski and Calder White (BFA), Joshua Manculich (MFA), and Brandon Whited (MFA). Fee to attend applies. See registration page.

Our guest artist for the conference is Teena Marie Custer. Teena is a dancer, teacher, and Joey Kennedy-0120choreographer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is on the faculty at Slippery Rock University, Pittsburgh and American Dance Festival at Duke University. She is a B-girl and hip-hop dance-theater artist, a member of street-dance crews Get Down Gang and the all-female Venus Fly Trap Crew, and performs throughout the US.Teena Marie earned a BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University and an MFA in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. She represented CM² (Columbus Movement Movement) in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in 2007, and was featured in Dance Teacher magazine in October 2012. Teena will be the guest speaker, offer two master classes and perform in the evening performance.

Questions contact jane@ohiodance.org-614-224-2913.

Each year OhioDance awards excellence in the field of dance. This year awards will be presented to Susan Van Pelt Petry, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education; Rodney Veal, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dance art form; Cheri Mitchell will be honored with a posthumous and new award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of arts administration.

OhioDance honors the life of Cheri Mitchell

OhioDance is creating a new award category for Arts Administration. This will be in honor b78362982z-1-20141119085846-000gm9v6rtn-1-0of Cheri Mitchell a long time arts administrator and advocate of the arts.

Cheri Mitchell, 60, passed away on September 22, 2015, when struck by a car while walking.

Cheri served on the OhioDance board of trustees since 2003, and served as treasurer for four of those years. She retired from BalletMet Columbus in 2015 after 16 years during which she served as Executive Director for 13 seasons. Cheri completed a BFA in Theater Design from The Ohio State University in 1977. Cheri performed and worked on plays at The Lost Colony in Mateo, NC. After serving as director of membership and education at the Ohio Dental Association for four years, she was appointed managing director of the Contemporary American Theater Company in Columbus where she served for nine years helping CATCO emerge into a much acclaimed professional theater company. Cheri served as board president of A Portable Theater, and president of the Columbus Cultural Leadership Consortium. Cheri demonstrated exemplary initiative and perseverance in developing and advancing the arts in Ohio. She was an arts advocate with extraordinary dedication and support. The field of dance in Ohio has been greatly enriched by her outstanding leadership.We know that many have benefited greatly from Cheri’s experience and the connections she shared with the community on a statewide level. Her vision and enthusiasm is truly inspiring.


Susan Van Pelt Petry 2010 Stephanie Matthews creditSusan Van Pelt Petry is professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University (OSU), teaching technique, composition, pedagogy, professional practices, and improvisation. From 2006-2015 she was chair of the department, leading the program through semester conversion, a major renovation, and a college restructuring. Previously she was Assistant Dean in the College of the Arts at OSU, Associate Professor at Ohio University, Assistant Professor at OSU, and visiting artist at numerous programs. She co-founded the Alliance for Dance and Movement Arts in Columbus in the 80’s and helped to develop the Third Avenue Performance Space in Columbus’ Short North. She served as President of OhioDance and was treasurer of the national Council of Dance Administrators. She is currently secretary on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Dance. Susan earned her MA ‘85 from OSU and a BA ‘79 from Oberlin College. (photo by Stephanie Matthews

Rodney Veal an independent choreographer and interdisciplinary artist, serves as RodneyPic2_Art showadjunct faculty for Stivers School of the Performing Arts, Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton.  Currently serves as Coordinator for Connect for Completion at Sinclair Community college. He is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a B.S in Political Science and Visual Arts. He received his M.F.A in Choreography from The Ohio State University.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Ohio Dance as Vice President and on the  boards of Involvement Advocacy, HomeFull, Musica and the advisory board of WYSO. Mr. Veal has choreographed and presented performance installations, such as Reveal: Five Zones of Beauty presented at the Springfield Museum of Art in 2011 and the GHETTO installation at the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet in 2015. and can currently been seen as the Host of the  Emmy©Award winningTelevision series THE ART SHOW on Think TV Channel 16.



Please enjoy these video clips from past festivals.

Video Clips from the 2015 Festival Sessions:

Liz Lerman Talk


Liz Lerman Book Reading


Performance Clip


Young Artist Clip


Video clips from the 2014 Festival sessions

William Evans master class


2013 OhioDance Festival and Conference video clips

2013 Dance as Social Art: Interactive Panel Discussion

2013 Pat Graney What is Keeping the Faith – Prison Project?

2013 Amethyst Inc.’s process and performance of “Hang on, Hang in, and Have Hope”


2013 earlychildhood_education


2013 OhioDance Showcase and Young Artist Concert Clip


Preview of the 2013 OhioDance Festival and Conference

2012 Ann Cooper Albright’s ACTS of Passion 45 second Clip

2012 Dance Wellness for the Teacher led by the OSU Performing Arts Medicine staff 45 second clip.


Support: 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, Puffin Foundation West, Ltd., and NiSource.