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OhioDance Podcast “A State Of Dance”

Season One, Episode Six:
S1 E6 · A State of Dance
The Unstoppable Force that is Damien Highfield

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Season One, Episode Six: This month’s guest is Damien Highfield. Damien began dancing at the age of four in his hometown of Columbus, where he trained at Balletmet for ten years, then became a member of Balletmet/Jazzmet. He went to Butler University in Indianapolis. From there Damien performed for Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet and GroundWorks DanceTheater.  He is set to retire from dance this season and will focus his attention on the management of Stage Center, a dance apparel store located in Akron.

Host: Rodney Veal

Executive Producer: Jane D’Angelo

Editor and Audio Technician: Jessica Cavender

Music Composition: Matthew Peyton Dixon

“A State of Dance” is a six-part series coming out the fourth Friday of each month through November 2023.This podcast is driven by the OhioDance mission to secure the foothold of dance in Ohio through increasing visibility, firming viability, and elevating the position of dance in Ohio.

In 2016, a five-person team set out on a mission to capture the achievements of persons and institutions who have shaped the intricate diversity of dance history and practice within the state of Ohio and weave them together in an easily accessible digital format. This we call the OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection. As of 2023 we have highlighted 33 individuals and institutions. The team has traveled over 5000 miles and interviewed 100 individuals in all five regions of Ohio.

If you like what you are listening to and are not a member of OhioDance, you can go to https://ohiodance.org/ and click the membership button to join and receive the many benefits that come with your membership. You can also donate through our purple donate button.

OhioDance would like to thank our funders: Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Ohio State University Dance Preservation Fund, The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Foundation and Akron Community Fund.

If you missed it:

Season 1, Episode 1 – “A Moving History with Dr. Candace Feck”


Season 1 Episode 2 · A State of Dance – “Leveling Up with Gregory Robinson”


Season One, Episode Three – Taking Note with Dr. Valarie Williams


Season 1, Ep 4 – Arts Infrastructure, Ira Weiss


Season 1, Ep 5The Awe-Inspiring Journeys of Zelma Badu-Younge

Photo Zelma Badu-Younge by Nii-Tete Yartey Studios – Ghana

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