Winter Concert Featured on Columbus Dispatch Weekender Cover

January 31, 2019
Winter Concert

Ohio State students develop diverse works for dance program

By Peter Tonguette For The Columbus Dispatch

Last fall, Ohio State University’s Department of Dance threw itself a big birthday party.

In 2018, the department turned 50, prompting a series of celebrations, including concerts and other events.

“It’s a flagship program nationally ... (we) remain really at the cutting edge of dance in the university,” said chairwoman Susan Hadley, pointing to founder Helen Alkire’s initiative in moving dance education to its own department. It had been part of the women’s physical-education program.

“Dance was rarely its own departmental entity,” Hadley said.

Having just entered its 51st year, however, the department is now back to business — including, this weekend, presenting a concert of abstract works created by student choreographers. “Winter Concert 2019” will be performed Thursday through Saturday in Sullivant Hall on campus.Ohio State students develop diverse works for dance program