Helen Alkire, founder of Ohio State Dance turned 100 years old on Saturday May 30th, 2015. We held a party in her honor in Sullivant Hall. Catch a glimpse of the reverance and revelry.
Ohio State Dance has been at the forefront of contemporary dance for over 50 years, educating students through a breadth of study. The Big 5-OH Concert in the Barnett Theatre celebrated that legacy with four new faculty works connected seamlessly in a 60-minute work. A tribute to the department’s long history of research and teaching of Laban notation and analysis, each work was presented within the framework of the Laban Movement Analysis qualities of space, time, flow and weight. Faculty members Susan Van Pelt Petry made Trace for space, Daniel Roberts created Nomadic Drift for time, Eddie Taketa crafted Kipuka for flow, and Crystal Michelle Perkins choreographed Lush Departures for weight, all nodding to the progression of modern dance movement aesthetics across the decades.
Alumni, emeriti and current faculty, and friends joined together for our alumni brunch and reunion, coordinated by BFA Senior Abby Frank. This warm connection with our classmates and colleagues culminated two weeks of performances and events, celebrating our rich history and pointing to the next fifty years of Ohio State Dance at the cutting edge of university dance programs.