The Evolution of Western Thought in Dance and Health

The positive and negative aspects of the dichotomous relationship that dance and health share have been debated throughout history.  In early 21st century western culture, dance and other somatic practices are hailed as therapy for the mind, body, and spirit.  However, 19th century European views of physical and mental health’s relationship to dance differ from…

The Banshee

After completing our latest assignment, it turns out another compositional strength of mine is working with narrative elements.  Usually when I create movement it is just for movement’s sake.  However, I approached this assignment, using the song ” The Banshee” composed by Henry Cowell, a different way. After messing around with some movement, none of…

Compositional Strengths

After our first couple of studies we were finally able to move onto the floor.  That was a particularly exciting day because floor work is one of my strengths.  I am a resilient dancer so movement into and out of the floor is satisfying to me; Sofie Clemmensen’s movement is some of my favorite.  There…

Dido and Aeneus

This past weekend I performed in the opera Dido and Aeneus in a collaboration of the Department of Dance and the Department of Music.  Twenty chorus members, twelve dancers, nine opera singers, and an orchestra came together to put on five shows of this production, not to mention the choreographer, director, and crew.  It was a…

Erika Randall

On Friday I took a master class from Ohio State alum Erika Randall.  Erika Randall is an Associate Professor and the Director of Dance at University of Colorado Boulder.  Not only did I love her class, I learned a lot from her teaching style and would love to emulate it when I teach my own…

Chance Operations

I have not had much experience in the Cunningham technique yet, but in our last composition class, Patricia Lent (Director of Licensing of the Cunningham Trust), came in to give us a lesson in Chance Operations. Merce Cunningham used Chance Operations for much of his choreographing career, and it was interesting to learn the techniques…

Analysis Study 1

Dance Analysis has so far been a struggle for me this semester.  The concepts seem very vague and subjective, and my brain tends to work in concrete facts.  However, in our first study, the Body Articulation Duet, the concepts started to become clearer.  With a partner, we were to create a short movement phrase that…

Playing with Meter

This past week in Composition II we have been playing with meter, specifically 3/4 time.  Our latest assignment was to compose eight measures in voluptuous, circulatory movement while keeping an even tempo and accenting downbeats. This study was challenging from start to finish.  Simply keeping an even tempo working only in silence was difficult, let alone crafting…

Wicked Master Class

After a long summer of zero dance opportunities, I am thrilled to be back in Columbus, Ohio to start my sophomore year as a BFA in Dance.  Before the Autumn semester started, I was invited to a master class hosted by Artisan Dance Studio and taught by cast member Lauren Houghton of the National Tour of Wicked. Wicked…

Final Composition Study

Earlier in the year, our Composition I class became interested in the idea of doing an “ugly” study.  Upon further thought however, we were puzzled as to how to complete such a thing.  What would make some movement “ugly” but other movement “pretty?”  Our teacher, Daniel Roberts, eventually culminated our thoughts into our final project. …

Global Dance Community

Recently in Freshman Seminar my teammate Ari Fine and I gave a presentation on The Club Dance Team and our trip to NDA Nationals. The Club Dance Team at Ohio State started in 2014 when Founder and now President Julie Domicone started the club because she wanted to keep dancing beyond high school.  She recruited Coach…

Makeda Thomas

Today I had the honor of taking a master class from Makeda Thomas, an international creator and performer.  The class was a modern fusion with an African influence, and was much needed towards the end of a hard semester. Dance is such a love/hate relationship, it’s sometimes easy to forget why we ever signed up…