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

Call for the Young Artist Concert Due February 1, 2017
Concert will be held on Friday, April 29, 2017 10:30am-11:30am at the BalletMet Performance Space
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The OhioDance Spring Evening Festival Concert
will be
held at BalletMet Columbus Performance Space on
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6:30pm.

The evening concert at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 29, will consist of those chosen for the virtual dance collection.

Virtual Dance Collection chosen: Gladys Bailin, retired Director Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Dance at Ohio University, Athens; BalletMet Columbus; Jeraldyne Blunden, Founder  of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; Cleveland Modern Dance Association dba DANCECleveland; Contemporary Dance Theater, Cincinnati; The Oberlin College Dance Department; Bettye Robinson, founder of the first Black Ballet Company and school in Columbus; The Ohio State University Department of Dance, Columbus; Toledo Ballet; Mary Verdi-Fletcher,  The Dancing Wheels Company & School, Cleveland.

Please enjoy video clips from the 2016 Festival

2016 Spring Festival Evening Performance

2016 Young Artist’s Concert Clip

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 6:30pm-9:00pm: OhioDance Evening Performance features Guest artist Teena Marie Custer will be performing an excerpt from her piece “My Good Side”. Professional choreographers and dancers from all over Ohio will perform innovative and engaging works. 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).


April 23 Evening Performance
OhioDance Members/Seniors/Students   $10.


April 23 Evening Performance
Nonmembers   $15.


April 23 Evening Performance
Members Not Registered for Festival Classes  $15

April 23 Evening Performance
Nonmembers Not Registered for Festival Classes  $20.



2016 Adjudicators Bios

Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a choreographer and performance artist. She is an Assistant Professor at University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She is co-artistic director of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational performance project founded in 2004 with Olivier Tarpaga.  Her work was presented at REDCAT, Highways, I Trotra Madagascar, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, VSA N4th, Nomad Express, Dialogue De Corps Burkina Faso, The King Arts Complex, Maitisong Festival Botswana, Abok I Ngoma Cameroon, French Cultural Center Dakar and Marrakech, SOMArts San Francisco, Jacobs Pillow Inside Out, CECUT Tijuana, LabBodies Baltimore, Panapoly NYC, Vox Populi Philadelphia, Middlebury College, and The Englert Iowa City.  She is a performance associate of Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra and toured with David Rousseve/REALITY “Saudade” Project. She performed with DAFRA West African Dance and Drum and collaborated with Center Stage artist, Hind Benali. She was a Grant Wood Visiting Artist at the University of Iowa Department of Dance and a Headlands Artist in Residence. She co-directs a dance/drum program in Burkina Faso and taught at OSU Dance, Earthdance, Action Danse Morocco, and UCLA.  She curates a vlog featuring performance and interviews with African choreographers. She is published in Live Arts Almanac and Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. She was invited through the US State Department to teach and lecture at KINANI Contemporary Dance Festival in Mozambique and Ateliers Aex-Corps in Senegal. She was a US State Department Cultural Envoy in Burkina Faso, South Africa, Botswana, and Guinea. From 2000-2005 she collaborated with Senegal-based dancers, musicians, and rappers, notably Andreya Ouamba, Fatou Cisse, Djibril Diallo, Bertrand Saki, Keyti, Sen Kumpe, and Fatim.  She co-produced “United Nations of Hip Hop”, which screened at AFI International and NYC Pan African Film Festival and her film “Free to Be You and Me” screened at Rapid Pulse Chicago. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund, Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs, Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, Johnstone Fund for New Music, Durfee, Puffin Foundation, Javits Fellowship, and Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women. She received her MFA and MA in Dance at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures and her BA at Bowdoin College.

Regina Klenjoski is a creator, performer, educator and advocate of contemporary dance. Passionate about the moving body, she creates deeply personal works that examine our search for intimacy in contemporary society, often through the lens of her Macedonian heritage.  Recognized by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most active and ambitious dance makers leading Southland contemporary companies,” her work is known for its inventive partnering, technical athleticism and poetic storytelling. She serves as artistic director of Regina Klenjoski Dance Company and director of “Dancing with RKDC,” the company’s education outreach program in Torrance, CA that has seen over 14,000 participants since 1999. Recognized for her innovative partnering, technical athleticism and dynamic energy, she has created 31 works for RKDC and has been commissioned by numerous artistic and academic institutions. A revered teacher, she has taught modern dance in private, academic and community settings locally and nationally.

Felice Lesser won the Lawrence S. Epstein Prize for Choreography, received a Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Choreography, and was in the prestigious Carlisle Project. Her dance works have been seen both in the U.S. and abroad, at venues including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Joyce SoHo, the Sarasota Ballet, and the 1991 Tokyo International Choreography Competition (where she was one of 22 choreographers worldwide invited to participate). Her dance company, the Felice Lesser Dance Theater (a recipient of 25 consecutive grants from the Harkness Foundation for Dance), is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary season, which included a retrospective performance this past July at New 42nd Street Studios, and will include two world premieres in 2016 —LIGHTNING and the new production of Lesser’s “living cartoon” FUNDING THE ARTS. She has been designated one of Credo Interactive’s “Master Animators” for her work with Life Forms. A member of the Dramatist’s Guild, Lesser was one of three playwrights chosen for New Perspectives Theatre’s 2013 “Women’s Work” Project, where her play, DEAD RECKONING (OR RUNNING OUT OF TIME) was premiered. She also produced, wrote, directed, choreographed, filmed and edited five television programs, all of which were broadcast on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). Lesser is an Adjunct Professor of Dance at UCONN/Stamford Campus, and an Artist-in-Residence for Nevada and Idaho. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College, and an M.A. from Columbia University.



Past Festivals:

 Clip from the 2015 OhioDance Spring Festival Performances

Performance Clip

Young Artist Clip

Clip from the 2014 OhioDance “Moving Works” Showcase

Clip from the 2013 OhioDance performances

Clip from the 2012 OhioDance Festival performances: