OhioDance is committed to secure the foothold of dance in Ohio through increasing visibility, firming viability, and elevating the position of dance in Ohio.

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2023 OhioDance Concert at the Ohio Statehouse Application
Monday, December 4, 2023
from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Submit Application by Thursday, October 12, 2023
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Sunday, Oct. 1 from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Free Event.
Dancin’ the American Dream: Discussions and Embodied Conversations around Inclusion and Change
OhioDance Anti-Racism and Equity Assurance Committee presents a movement discussion session. Held at the Pivot Center for Art, Dance and Expression, 2937 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113 https://pivotartcenter.com/

Inlet Dance Theatre and Djapo Cultural Arts Institute will perform. Discussion moderator, Rodney Veal, Host, The Art Show, Dayton; Panelists, Bill Wade, founder & executive/artistic Director, Inlet Dance Theatre, Cleveland; Talise Campbell, executive artistic director. Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, Cleveland; Aseelah Shareef, Vice President + Chief Operating Officer at Karamu House, Cleveland. Aseelah Shareef leads movement.  Topics center around The American Dream – Who is it for? And Post Pandemic – Business as usual, Does the audience look different? https://www.dancemagazine.com/dance-industry-norms-post-pandemic/(We encourage you to read the article listed prior to event)
Register for this free event at

2024 OhioDance Call for Festival Presenters
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE Received by October 26, 2023
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Deadline Received by Wednesday, December 6, 2023
pdf 2024 Professional choreography application


OhioDance Podcast “A State Of Dance”

Season 1, Ep 4

Arts Infrastructure, Ira Weiss


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Season One, Episode Four: This month’s guest is Ira Weiss. Ira began working at the Ohio Arts Council in 1974. He started as a performing arts coordinator, then presenting touring coordinator, grants office assistant director, to information technology specialist. In 1980 Ira Weiss received the Association of Ohio Dance Companies award for significant contributions to the field of dance in the state of Ohio. Ira was the second person to receive this award. The first was in 1979 to Josephine Schwartz, Founder of Dayton Ballet. OhioDance was established in 1976 in response to a request by the Ohio Arts Council that dance companies in the state organize to provide a coherent channel of communication to, and within, the dance field. Ira Weiss was the staff member of the Ohio Arts Council that helped to make this happen.

Host: Rodney Veal

Executive Producer: Jane D’Angelo

Editor and Audio Technician: Jessica Cavender

Music Composition: Matthew Peyton Dixon


OhioDance is a State-wide service organization that supports the entire dance ecosystem in Ohio.

Mission Statement: To secure the foothold of dance in Ohio through increasing visibility, firming viability, and elevating the position of dance in Ohio.
Purpose: Keeping dance alive.
Values: Respect, Integrity, Love of Dance, Intentionality of Cultural Diversity, Relationships, Connection, and Community.
Vision:A communal physical space to share the power and joy of dance.

OhioDance works diligently to advocate at every level of government and in every community about the impact dance has on the state’s economy, and also the impact it has on quality of life and educational attainment.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioDance presents the arts to the community through festivals, conferences, performance opportunities, a Virtual Dance Collection, educational resources, professional networking, newsletters, and dance artist services. OhioDance is dedicated to ensure equity for all races, genders, orientations, and beliefs, related to programming, constituents, members, partners and vendors.

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OhioDance is supported through grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Foundation, The Ohio State University Dance Preservation Fund, Akron Community Fund, and Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

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