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DANCE MATTERS: Moving Forward

October 23-25, 2015

2015 OhioDance Fall Festival and Conference
Ohio University, Athens Ohio

OhioDance, the leading state-wide organization supporting diverse dance practices, held a fall festival Oct. 23-25, 2015. This event was co-hosted by Ohio University, School of Dance, Film, and Theater, Division of Dance in Athens, Ohio.

The theme and title of the conference, Dance Matters: Moving Forward, encompasses the idea that no matter what future changes may occur, dance and the arts will always forge ahead creatively, kinesthetically, and intellectually.

Special events included a dance performance, dance film showings, a regional roundtable centered around OhioDance’s Virtual Dance Collection, and discussion panels that encourage a dialogue between the pre-professional and professional world of dance, and those who teach, guide and lead in those areas. A master class from special guest dancer and choreographer, Kyle Abraham, was offered. Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and owner of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion. He uses a blend of movement styles to explore the relationship between identity and personal history.

Event highlights included:

  • Oct. 23, 2015
    • 3-5pm Abraham.In.Motion lecture demonstration
    • 5:15-6:30pm African Dance with Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge
    • 8:00 p.m. Dance Film
  • Oct. 24, 2015
    • 9:00am-5:45pm Ongoing classes, workshops, and discussions
    • 10:15-11:45am Kyle Abraham Master Classes
    • 12:15-1:15pm Kyle Abraham lecture
  • Oct. 24, 7:00- 8:30 p.m. — Dance performance-Informal Showing
  • Oct. 24, 9:00pm — Dance Films
  • Oct. 25, 2015
    • 10:00am-2:50pm Ongoing classes, workshops, and discussions
    • 1:00-1:30pm Lunch Talk-Dancers Deserve Good Health and Healthcare, Dr. Jeff Russell, Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Director of Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe) at OU.

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