2017 OhioDance Festival and Conference
Co-sponsored by BalletMet Columbus
The state-wide dance network organization, will co-sponsor its regional festival with BalletMet Columbus. Sessions will be held at the studios and performance space at BalletMet, 322 Mt. Vernon Ave, Columbus, OH. Nationally recognized Alexis Wilson, will serve as a guest artist, she will be our guest speaker and teach a master class combining her ballet and musical theater background. As a professional dancer she has performed classically and commercially all over the world. Alexis earned her B.F.A. in drama from the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon University. Alexis has written and published poetry, a full length musical, made contributions to a variety of published works, and self-published her recent memoir, Not So Black and White.
At the Festival OhioDance will unveil its Virtual Dance Collection, featuring significant developments that have formed the unique dance history of Ohio. Saturday, April 29, at 2:00pm: Roundtable discussion featuring the Virtual Dance Collection. Saturday, April 29 at 6:30pm: OhioDance Evening Performance features Professional choreographers and dancers highlighted in the OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection, performing are: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, performs “Rainbow Round my Shoulder”; Mary Verdi-Fletcher, The Dancing Wheels Company; Ani Javian, choreography, Gladys Bailin; Katina M. Jennings and Ricky Moore, tribute to Bettye Robinson, Columbus; Alysia Ramos & Mustapha Braimah, Oberlin College; and Ann Sofie Clemmensen, The Ohio State University, Department of Dance.
Each year OhioDance awards excellence in the field of dance. This year awards will be presented to Dr. Melanye White Dixon, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance education; Sheri “Sparkle” Williams, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the dance art form; Pamela Young for outstanding contributions to the advancement of dance arts administration.