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DANCE MATTERS: 2020 Virtual OhioDance Festival

April 24, 25, 26, 2020

2020 Virtual OhioDance Festival
OhioDance held a Virtual Dance Festival April 24-26, 2020. There were video sessions with guest artists and video links posted throughout the weekend.

On March 12, 2020, as Ohio Governor DeWine announced measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus by school closings and ceasing of gatherings of 100 or more in Ohio, OhioDance quickly cancelled the in-person festival. Then quickly regrouped to offer a Virtual Festival with links to discussions, classes, and performances through the weekend.

The schedule for the pre-recorded sessions:
Friday, April 24, 2020 from 11:00am-12:00pm (E.T.) –
Virtual Festival Introduction with Rodney Veal, Jane D’Angelo and Kara Komarnitsky. Mary Verdi-Fletcher discusses what the company is working on during Covid-19.  Candace Feck and Jess Cavender discuss script writing, documentary filmmaking, editing and motion capture for The OhioDance Documentary Film “Ohio: A State of Dance”.

Opening Panel


Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1:00-2:00pm (E.T.) Guest artist, James Gregg, will chat about his choreographic process and work.



Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 4:00pm-5:00pm (E.T.) Gregory King and Olivia Atley will discuss diversity in dance and Tenure and Race.




Sunday April 26, 2020 at 2:00-3:00pm (E.T.)

Closing Panel – Traditional/Community Dance
Alice Blumenfeld, Quianna Simpson, Marlene Robbins and Mim Chenfeld


OhioDance would like to acknowledge Leah Wander.  Leah is the recipient of the 2020 Maggie Patton Dance Scholarship and OhioDance Outstanding Dance Student Award. She is a graduating high school student and will be attending Ohio State University as a double major in dance and political science. Leah was nominated by Generations Performing Arts Center studio owner, Angie Haver. Angie states “Leah is an amazing person as well as an exceptional dancer and a loving, caring student. Leah serves the community through WARM providing Thanksgiving meals, Christmas gifts as well as helping to make blankets for foster children.” Leah will receive a monetary award and a membership to OhioDance. We wish Leah well in her endeavors.OhioDance will share video links of performances and classes from those that will teach and perform in 2021, as well as others.

Please enjoy links to Videos, performances and classes offered online:

OhioDance Documentary Film “Ohio: A State of Dance”.
https://vimeo.com/408136538/bc6666a5fe  2:41
https://vimeo.com/408975652/07a2ac2a6a :30
Resource for Virtual learning.
The OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection
, is an archival project of Ohio’s dance history.

OhioDance Remote Internships
Students seeking Remote internships

BalletMet, Columbus OH

Ballet Legato, Cleveland OH
Choreographer: Jennifer Muselin, Ballet Legato, Executive Artistic Director
Dancers: Natalie Artman, Megan Carcioppolo, Jennifer Malani, Caleb Waybright
Music: Golden Butterflies Var. 1-Day 2
This piece is based off of a “meta-material” that changes shape with pressure, ridged and hard until pressure is applied and then becomes soft and pliable.

Angelica Bell, Albany OH
This is a 27 minute beginning/intermediate ballet class designed to be danced at home. It includes a floor barre, barre, and some center jumps. Enjoy!
Music: Lisa Harris

Alice Blumenfeld, Oberlin OH
Flamenco is a Language
Choreographer: Alice Blumenfeld
Dancers: Alice Blumenfeld & Gabriel Osuna
Performance and lecture on flamenco music and dance.

Jess Cavender, Columbus OH
A guide for using smartphones for video documentation

Video Documentation with Smartphones
Pt. I Best Practices for Shooting Video with a Smartphone
Video Documentation with Smartphones
Pt. II Transferring Video Files from Phone to Computer

Sukanya Chand, Columbus OH
Choreographer: Sukanya Chand
Dancers: Sumedha, Maya, Elizabeth, Marie, Eileen, Megan, Chloe
An excerpt of Classical, Folk and fusion forms from India choreographed by Sukanya Chand performed by MUCAI Academy dancers.

Chelsea’s Social DisDance Party!
Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30pm on Facebook:
These dance parties are for EVERYONE! During every class we will warm-up, go through “follow along” style dance routines, learn a short choreographed section to place into a routine, FREE DANCE (that’s all you) and have a cool-down/stretch to finish. Take it as fast or as slow as you’d like and bring your biggest SMILE as we dance together! http://www.facebook.com/socialdisDANCEparty

Dancing Wheels Company and School, Cleveland OH
Choreographer: Marc Brew
“Od:yssey” excerpts: https://vimeo.com/372525750
Introductory Class (password: dancingwheels): https://vimeo.com/229918866
Distant Dance Flash Mob! Need another lesson? Learn the routine to Dancing in the Street with Sara here – https://youtu.be/B5iOdl2GUTU
Check out Dancing Wheels company members and some members of their families practicing for the DisDance Party here – https://youtu.be/nWgklfUj-bI
Website: https:/dancingwheels.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dancingwheels/
Instagram: @dancingwheels

Trezon Dancy, Columbus OH
City Pulse Columbus article Trezon Dancy is a Dance Artist with a Powerful Voice!

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Dayton OH
View videos https://www.dcdc.org/

Leslie Dworkin, Dayton OH
The Legacy
Choreographer: Leslie Dworkin
Dancers: David Appel, Leslie Dworkin
Music: J.S. Bach, Beirut
This duet explores the nature of the immigrant experience—of being a stranger in a strange land and the haunting echoes of ancestry.

James Gregg, Los Angeles CA

GroundWorks DanceTheater, Cleveland OH
Choreographer: Amy Miller
Dancers: Micheal Arellano, Alexis Britford, Spencer Dennis, Nicole Hennington, Annie Morgan
Music composed and recorded by Peter Swendsen
Valence began as an exploration of how dance could become music and music could become dance.

Gregory King, Kent OH
TedX talk on Tenure and Race

Sandra Mathern, Granville OH
Teacher, Improviser, Performer, Dance Artist

Rachel Maynard, Columbus OH
OyoDance Company
They of the Land and Earth
Choreographer: Abdiel Jacobsen
Dancers: Alexander Cornejo, Rachel Maynard, Elizabeth Knecht
Music: Tribe: Native American Drums and Flute Music
This work honors the life, death, and strength of the ancient people who built the Great Circle Earthworks
Choreographer: Elizabeth Knecht
Dancers: Alexander Cornejo, Rachel Maynard, Elizabeth Knecht
Pan’s Labrynth Lullaby, Timelapse, Rasputin
Phoenix is a story of grief, healing, and triumph that delves into the tragedy and beauty of loss and rebirth

Chloe Napoletano and Hana Newfeld, Columbus OH
Performance and ChoreographyChloe Napoletano and Hana Newfeld
Midnight Cable Access

Bronwen Owsley, Dayton OH
Welcome to a brief and fun Belly Dance Basics class with Bronwen! We will learn basic modern Arabic style dance moves and turn technique for belly dance. All levels welcome!

Quianna Simpson, Columbus OH

Mansee Singhi, Powell OH
Rasa- Storytelling of Emotions
Music Credits- Lyrical By Monali Thakur
An experimental piece weaving together the facial expressions with movements and footwork.

The ML Dance Academy, Reynoldsburg OH
Joe Moriarty and Yulia Lukyanova Moriarty
Heart of Glass

Russian Character Dance Class
Traditional Irish Dance Lesson

The Movement Project, Cleveland OH
Video series called “Phrases in Small Spaces” which is linked here: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6900774 .
Dance videos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themovementproject.cleveland/

Verb Ballets, Shaker Heights OH
Uploaded videos for a lower body strength, an intermediate/advanced ballet class, and a 15-minute barre warm up.

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