Odette Blum

Emerita Professor
Faculty Emeriti

Professor Emerita Odette Blum received her early dance training in Scotland with Margaret Morris and was a member of her Celtic Ballet. In New York City, she studied at the New Dance Group Studios (on scholarship), Metropolitan Opera Ballet School, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, the Nona Schurman Studio, and the Dance Notation Bureau. Her performance experience included the companies of Nina Fonaroff, Pearl Lang, and Sophie Maslow. As a professional notator, she has notated a number of dance scores including Massine's Three Cornered Hat and served as notation consultant for the staging of Gower Champion's dances for Carnival at the New York City Center. Works she has directed from score include those by Bettis, Jooss, Horton, Humphrey, Lampert, Limon, Maslow, Sokolow and Tamiris. She has taught at the Dance Notation Bureau, the High School of Performing Arts in New York City, the Juilliard School, and the University of Ghana, where she began her research into West African dance. Her publications include dance scores of Scottish Dances, Doris Humphrey's Water Study, a Dance Perspectives Monograph #56 Dance in Ghana, and a DVD Motif Description: Introducing the Elements of Dance.  She is a fellow of the International Council of Kinetography Laban (ICKL), served as Secretary of the organization for a number of years, and more recently a term as Chair. She joined the faculty of the Ohio State University in 1970 as a member of the Dance Notation Bureau Extension teaching notation and repertory. In addition she taught ballet, Scottish Country and Highland Dancing, and the place of dance in West African culture. Later she taught in the Dance Education Program and was the TA Coordinator and Advisor. She taught and directed the Labanotation Teacher Certification Course at OSU. She was Director of the Dance Notation Bureau Extension from 1981 until her retirement in 1995. Currently she freelances as a director and teacher and continues with her notating/editing of dance scores. Her most recent publication Margaret Morris Movement in Labanotation, 2010, includes the notation of the dance technique of the first modern dancer in the UK (1891-1980). Revised edition, 2011.