OhioDance inclusively supports the diverse and vibrant practice of dance of all cultures and for all capabilities.


OhioDance has served the statewide dance community since 1976, formed by representatives from sixteen dance companies in Ohio. The organization pursues its goals through the contributions of a 30-member board of directors representing dance around the state, one full time executive director, contract employees, college interns, and volunteers.


  • 1981 – Produced first statewide festival at Kenyon College in Gambier
  • 1987 – Serves 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; 2009 full revision
  • 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 – OhioDance offered a Panel Discussion during The Ohio Arts Presenters Network in Akron titled Demystifying Dance: Creative Successful Partnerships.
  • 2008 – Dancer Health articles added to the Newsletters
  • 2009-10 – OhioDance and Ohio Arts Council present dance performance at the Ohio Statehouse for National Arts and Humanities month.
  • 2009-10 – Dublin Arts Council and OhioDance in collaboration with The Ohio State University Department of Dance and Ohio Department of Education Division of the Arts present site-specific contemporary dance.
  • 2010 – Imagination Conversation-OhioDance, Oberlin College and Ohio Department of Education Division of the Arts host panel discussions on the role imagination plays in education
  • 2010-Present – OhioDance partners with Ohio Statehouse to offer Dance performance during the Summer Lawn Series
  • 2011-Present – Partner with Arts Possible Ohio to offer school residencies for students with disabilities, offer PD and film screenings
  • 2012 – Start of a Maggie Patton Dance Scholarship and OhioDance Outstanding Dance Student Award
  • 2013-2015 – Collaborated with Amethyst, Inc., a recovery center for women and their children, to offer dance classes and a performance opportunity
  • 2013-2015 – OhioDance offers a Fall Festival in different regions of State
  • 2014-present – Created and developed The OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection®
  • 2015-2020 – Offer movement sessions to Center for Balanced Living, a treatment facility for clients with food insecurity
  • 2018-present – OD partners with the Ohio Arts Council to offer webinars, professional development, and to create an Ohio Teaching Artist Roster
  • 2021-2022 – Cincinnati Art Museum and OD partner to create the opportunity for the planning, development, and performance of new commissioned dance work, “Black Futures Now”.
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