Fifth Annual Ohio 5 Dance Conference 2018

Conferences & Symposia

The conference will be hosted by The College of Wooster, Department of Theatre and Dance, on Saturday Feb. 17, 2018 from 9:30 am - 7:00 pm.

This is a one-day dance intensive where dance students and faculty from the Ohio Five group (Kenyon, Denison, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster) meet together!

The goal of Dance Ohio5 Conference is to bring together dance faculty and students from the Ohio Five colleges to exchange ideas, learn from each other, collaborate, and develop stronger relationships that foster closer ties, understanding, and the possibility of resource sharing.

This is a unique opportunity, free to all students, to meet like-minded artists from four colleges like Denison, to take three dance classes, to share stories, choreographies, questions and meals. Below are the class choices for this year.

Morning Classes

10:30-11:45 am

Connecting to Self, Environment and Others: In this LMA-based workshop, we will consider our potential to connect on three basic tiers: to ourselves, to the environment, and to others. Participants will explore their ability to access connectivity patterns on the floor, moving through space, and in partnered creative work, as we investigate the structural and functional capacity of the body to resist, yield to, or amplify the forces at play in movement. Wishart Dance Studio.

Taught by Julie Brodie, Kenyon.

Fiery Traditional African Master Class will feature the dances, history and songs of Guinea West Africa. Freedlander Theatre.

Taught by Talise Campbell, Oberlin. Accompanist, Matthew Dixon, Denison.

Contact Improvisation

The many points of contact between people — visual, physical, rhythmic, emotional — set up the meeting ground for dancing in Contact Improvisation. In this workshop, we will learn some of the physical skills needed to facilitate a conscious, engaged dancing with one another. McGaw.

Taught by Ann Cooper Albright, Oberlin.

Afternoon Classes

1:00-2:15 pm

Contact Sports | Contemporary Dance integrates the physically demanding training methodologies of contact sports, specifically roller derby (commonly played on roller skates), as a means to heighten spatial awareness in ensemble work and facilitate more powerful and dynamic execution of contemporary dance movement. We will discuss the fundamental similarities between roller derby and dance, observe these similarities in action, execute drills and translate them into “off-skates” improvisations and choreography within a contemporary dance class format. No skates or helmets needed. McGaw.

Taught by Rashana Perks Smith, Ohio Wesleyan.

Riding Resilience: Contemporary Dance Technique

The movement research of riding resilience demands athleticism and verve, as well as attention to detail. There will be lively investigations that utilize strength and release to create physical necessity and follow-through in our movements. Full-throttle motion via momentum-based phrases will nurture both disorientation and point-on-precision. Movers will experience the delightful nuances of moving on the edge of control! Freedlander Theatre.

Taught by Kora Radella, Kenyon. Accompanist, Matthew Dixon.


Enough said J Can be danced with a partner or solo. Wishart Dance Studio

Taught by Yvonne and Niklas Manz, Wooster.

Posted Date 
Thursday, February 8, 2018

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