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The department recognizes a responsibility to build public understanding and appreciation of dance as a diverse creative, cultural and educational expressive art form. A commitment to cultural, racial and ethnic diversity is reflected throughout the curriculum and in recruitment of faculty, students and staff. We are committed to academic and artistic excellence, inclusive diversity, freedom of expression, anti-racist activism, social transformation and civic responsibility.

Community Conversations

a department initiative to strengthen our commitment to anti-racism and collective action by fostering dialogue and critical thought in the service of an equitable, affirming and sustainable arts ecosystem

Recent News

"Música" stars Rudy Mancuso, Camila Mendes, JB Smooth and many more, including Ohio State Dance Post MFA Scholar Ryan Johnson. This romcom takes the viewer through a rhythmic experience of a world…

Ohio State Dance Assistant Professors Dr. Irvin Manuel Gonzalez and Alfonso Cervera have each been awarded with funding from the Ohio Hispanic Heritage Project Grants to help with the development…

On April 11, 2024, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation announced their appointment of both Ohio State Dance Post MFA Scholar Ryan Johnson and Associate Professor…

By Jane D’Angelo Brianna Rhodes is one of the choreographers highlighted in the 2024 OhioDance Festival concert Apr. 27 during the festival weekend, Apr. 26-28. We chatted with her about her…

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Amy Esther Schmidt
Academic Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Melanie Bales
Emerita Professor
Michael Kelly Bruce
Emeritus Associate Professor