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Dancing Onscreen, Online and Onwards: Digital Technologies at Ohio State

OSU Dance: Here, There and Everywhere with The OSU Repertory Company

Buckeye Roots Strings and Steps with Janet Schroeder


In Germany with Dave Covey, Spring 2014

In Costa Rica with Study Abroad Students, Susan Hadley and Michael Kelly Bruce, Summer 2014

America to China and Back with Susan Van Pelt Petry

Sullivant's Travels 

New Film Spotlight - Globe Trot by Mitchell Rose and Bebe Miller

New Book Spotlight - Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies by Melanie Bales and Karen Elliot 


Globe Trot

OSUDance's leadership in technology includes a strong to commitment to dance-film. Dance-film Prof. Mitchell Rose collaborated with choreography Prof. Bebe Miller for this crowd-sourced dance-film project. Miller choreographed a dance and Rose devised a methodology whereby he could farm out two seconds of the choreography to filmmakers around the world. Fifty-four filmmakers from all seven continents (including Antarctica) sent their footage back to be edited together into one continuous film. Globe Trot has already won eight awards in film festivals. It can be seen here.  

See a story about Globe Trot on WOSU-PBS here.

Dance on Its Own Terms – Histories and Methodologies

Dance on its Own Terms, edited by Melanie Bales and Karen Eliot, anthologizes a wide range of subjects examined from dance-centered methodologies: modes of research that are emergent, based in relevant systems of movement analysis, use primary sources, and rely on critical, informed observation of movement. The breadth of the content reflects the richness and vibrancy of the dance field; each deeply informed examination serves as a window opening onto the larger world of dance.

Vera J. Blaine Choreographic Resources

The Vera J. Blaine Choreographic online resources for educators, students and dance makers interested in the study of choreography, informed by emerita Vera J. Blaine's pedagogy and research in the area of composition. A catalyst for those developing their own creative process.

The Mascot Moskovina Project

Letters exhibiting the trials and joys of dancers employed by the esteemed Pavlova Company, through the words of one of its dancers, Mascot Moskovina. Documents acquired by Nena Couch, professor and curator of the Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute were transcribed by students from Harmony Bench’s Dance History class.


Marion D. Cuyjet and Her Judimar School of Dance: Training Ballerinas in Black Philadelphia, 1948-1971

The Marion D. Cuyjet and Her Judimar School of Dance: Training Ballerinas in Black Philadelphia, 1948-1971 is the first comprehensive study of the pioneering ballet pedagogue who established one of the first institutions in the U.S. that provided classical ballet training for African American dancers, by Dr. Melanye White Dixon.

Drums Downtown IX, featuring Steve Reich

In collaboration with the OSU Percussion ensemble, Meghan Durham-Wall, Bebe Miller, and Susan Hadley choreographed to work by one of the most recognized American composers in the minimalist movement in music, Steve Reich.Within Drums Downtown IX, featuring Steve Reich, dance became part of the performance of one of his most monumental pieces, Drumming. The juxtaposition of each of these works within the same musical arrangement brought a distinct perspective to each section.

Dance Uptown: Dirt

Dance Uptown: Dirt, a performance featuring the dirt floor and vaulted ceiling of Plumb Hall’s Agricultural Arena and provided a unique setting for two new works by Bebe Miller and Esther Baker-Tarpaga. From a mélange of sound, dynamics and color emerged something elemental and ultimately human, dancers charged with digging into the reasons why we all dance.

Dance Uptown: Feast your Senses

A journey through time and space through the ever-evolving languages of contemporary dance, featuring sensual and diverse palette of flavors and styles – deconstructed baroque ballet, emotionally laden expressionism, tender narratives of passage, and gutsy new movement. Works by Rodney A. Brown, Susan Hadley, Melanie Bales in collaboration with Catherine Turocy, Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk.

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Dance Uptown

The Department returned to campus in 2011 for the Dance Uptown concert featuring the work of four choreographers, each working with African or African-influenced music: from B.B. King to 60's Girl Band music; from original hip-hop deconstructions to live African drumming.

See additional 2011 Dance Uptown videos.

Drums Downtown: Elements

Drums Downtown VII: Elements features the OSU Percussion Ensemble, Pendulum Duo, Department of Dance, and ACCAD, Drums Downtown VIII drew its inspiration from the elements of water, fire, air, earth, wood and metal.

Drums Downtown VIII - Elements - Inside Look.

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Dance Downtown: Remix Culture

Modern dance meets African drumming, Zen gardens, hula hoops and pop music in the 2010 concert Dance Downtown: Remix Culture, featuring four world premieres by internationally known choreographers.

Drums Downtown: Traditions

Featuring the OSU Percussion Ensemble and percussion faculty in collaboration with the Department of Dance, Traditions journeyed through the evolution and lineage of percussion.

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Synchronous Objects

Renowned choreographer William Forsythe teamed with the Department of Dance and ACCAD to develop Synchronous Objects, an interactive online learning environment for his work, One Flat Thing, reproduced. Co-Creative Directors Norah Zuniga Shaw and Maria Palazzi researched the work to create rigorously analytical yet evocative scorings of its choreographic structures.

Dance Downtown: Face Time

Face to face with the people behind the live art of dance. Works performed at the 2009 Dance Downtown Concert, Dance Downtown: Face Time.

Manimals and Other Human Creatures

Insight into the most curious and cruel of creatures. Manimals and Other Human Creatures performed at the 2009 Resident and Visiting Artists Concert.

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Necessary Beauty

Bebe Miller's Necessary Beauty conjures the rhythm of action and memory – and that fleeting clarity a second look can provide. Comprised of intimate, multimedia segments for one to six dancers, Necessary Beauty continued a line of investigation into the convergence of dance, theater and digital technology that resulted in the Bessie award-winning work Landing/Place.

The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training

The rich collection of essays and interviews in The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training explores modern dance technique training from the past fifty years. Focusing on the culture of dance, editors Melanie Bales and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol examine choreographic process and style, dancer agency and participation in the creative process, and changes in the role and purpose of training.

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Steps of Silence

In Autumn 2007, Valarie Williams staged Anna Sokolow’s choreographic work, Steps of Silence, from the 1975 Labanotation score by Ray Cook. The following year, Lorry May, Director of the Anna Sokolow Foundation, and her assistant, Sue Ellen Haag, visited the Department to teach technique and coach the work. Students performed the work in New York City as part of the Sharing the Legacy Project: Works from 1960-1980. It was later featured at Dance Downtown.

Dancing Lives: Five Female Dancers from the Ballet d'Action to Merce Cunningham

Karen Eliot examines the lives and careers of five popular female dancers: Giovanna Baccelli, Adèle Dumilâtre, Tamara Karsavina, Moira Shearer, and Catherine Kerr in Dancing Lives: Five Female Dancers from the Ballet d'Action to Merce Cunningham. Notable dancers in European and Russian ballet and American modern dance genres, these women represent a historical cross section of performance, training, and technique.

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:03 Minute Portions

:03 Minute Portions is a sampler event designed to attract new audiences, :03 Minute Portions sought to address financial, geographical and aesthetic issues of accessibility in dance. Each choreographer showcased a segment of a larger work performed later that year at Dance Downtown. Live dance excerpts were preceded by video clips blending rehearsal footage and interviews.

All Fours

Funded by the National College Choreography Initiative and the Dance Preservation Fund, this project encompassed Mark Morris’ first work recorded in Labanotation. Candace Feck developed curriculum for the project, working with area teachers and students. Susan Hadley, a former member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, led technique and repertory. Valarie Williams restaged the work from the Labanotation score. Morris visited the department in Spring to coach the students.

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The EMMA Lab

The Experimental Media and Movement Arts Lab (EMMA) is a joint creative research project of the Department of Dance and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design. Since 2005, the Lab has fostered new research activities, intermedia learning experiences and performance opportunities for hundreds of students in dance, visual art, theater, and beyond.


Igor & Svetlana

Filmed and directed by Victoria Uris, Igor and Svetlana captured the art, philosophy and life of ballroom champions Igor and Svetlana Iskhakov. The revealing documentary featured originally edited dance sequences, special effects, and behind-the-scenes footage.

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LabanLab is a hands-on interactive environment produced by the DNB Extension providing practical experience for learning Labanotation.

Prey: An Innovation in Dance Documentation

Valarie Williams, with designer Mila Parrish, documented Bebe Miller's choreographic process during the creation of Prey (2000) in this innovative CD-ROM. The project featured Miller coaching dancers alongside the Labanotation phrase, historical and cultural contexts, interview with Miller, review by Candace Feck, Miller's World, and a final edit.

The Desperate Heart Preservation Project

Documentation of the reconstruction of Valerie Bettis' 1943 solo work, directed by Valarie Williams and developed for CD-ROM by Jamie Jewett. Interactive text, still images, and clips provided a multi-faceted picture of the original work in its historical context, and traced the process of reconstruction.

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Ballet Alignment

Instruction on ballet alignment, using text and video clips, created for CD-ROM. Directed by Melanie Bales, with technical director Dr. A. William Smith and videographer Terry Wilson.

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LabanReader is a software program developed for selective viewing of notation symbols in a dance score.


The Association for Dance and Performance Telematics (ADaPT) was developed under the auspices of the Institute for Studies in the Arts when arts researchers and IT professionals from five institutions, including OSU, met at Arizona State to discuss collaborative performance opportunities using high speed networks. The initiative would expand to include partners on four continents.

Three Video Dances

From 1990-1999, Victoria Uris produced three video works culminating in this VHS format collection. They included Three to Tango (1990): A lush work about a love triangle to a gorgeous score by Daniel Levitan; Dancing Aloud (1994): A playful work for four performers; and Four Ships (1999): A work that employs capabilities of digital editing to create two variations on a tightly woven choreographic theme. The powerful alliance of the music, by Jean Sibelius, and the video of four dancers, conspires to draw the viewer into this microcosmic world. Interactions, gestures, and looks are apparent in ever-increasing detail. Four Ships was premiered at the 5th Festival Internacional de Video Danza de Buenos Aires, and was screened in NYC at the Dance on Camera Festival 2000.


The Helen Alkire Archive

The Helen Alkire Archive is an early history of the OSU Department of Dance, originally created for CD-ROM. Recreated for the web in 2006.

Going to the Wall

Funded by the National Initiative to Preserve American Dance (NIPAD), this interactive DVD-ROM was one of the year's model projects. Co-created by Vera Maletic, A. William Smith, and Roberta Shaw, it documented the development process of Bebe Miller’s 1998 work Going to the Wall. The final product elucidated the context of the work and the collaboration through a series of interviews, dramaturgical notes, film, voice-overs and images.


Dance from the Quill

Under the direction of Tim Glenn, with collaborators Karen Eliot and Nena Couch, Dance from the Quill was a CD-ROM that documented and contextualized the creation and performance of a ballet based on Alexander Pope's 1717 poem, The Rape of the Lock. Sponsored by BETHA and made possible by a 1996 College of the Arts Seed Grant award, the project culminated in a ballet in the Baroque style accompanied by a live chamber ensemble.

Victoria Uris: Choreographer & Videographer

This innovative educational tool served as exemplar of the award-winning OSU Multimedia Dance Prototype – a content concept and software shell designed for dance documentation . It presented the work of Victoria Uris through the lenses of dance history, film, criticism, analysis, and modes of collaboration. Content was developed by Vera Maletic and Candace Feck, and technology by Scott Sutherland, A. William Smith, and Joukje Kolff. Major funding provided by the National Initiative to Preserve American Dance (NIPAD).

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LabanWriter is a software program that permits dance to be copied, edited and stored. It utilizes the symbols for Labanotation, a movement language devised by Rudolph Laban in the 1920s, to record dance on paper. The program includes more than 700 symbols that indicate parts of the body, direction, levels, types of movement, and the durations of each action.


DNB Extension

The Dance Notation Bureau (DNB) extension for Education and Research contributes to the mission of excellence at the Department of Dance at the Ohio State University, with a focus on Laban-related studies in the training of dancers and dance researchers.

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