Lucy Venable

Emerita Professor
Faculty Emeriti

Lucy Venable, after graduating with a BA from Wellesley College as a Spanish major, spent twenty years in New York City where she studied dance, primarily with José Limón, Doris Humphrey, Margaret Craske, and Alfredo Corvino. She became certified by the Dance Notation Bureau as a Labanotation teacher and Labanotator and taught Labanotation and Limón technique at the Juilliard School and Connecticut College Summer School of Dance. Venable performed with the José Limón Company (1957-1963), touring in the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and the Far East. For five years, she was rehearsal director for the Merry-Go-Rounders, a dance company that performed for children. From 1961-1967 she directed the Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) in New York City. In 1968, she came to The Ohio State University where she taught dance fundamentals, Labanotation, repertory, and Alexander Technique. She founded the Dance Notation Bureau Extension for Education and Research, and was its Director for 12 years. Venable collaborated first with George Karl and then Scott Sutherland on the development of the software program LabanWriter, a project she now continues with David Ralley. She serves as Vice President of the International Council of Kinetography Laban (ICKL), on the Board of Directors of the Dance Notation Bureau, and continues to teach the Alexander Technique.

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