2016-2017 Departmental Fellows

Departmental Fellows

Senior Fellows

Tanvi Doshi

Tanvi Doshi ’17

Major/Minor: 
Dance Major and Economics Minor

From Calcutta, India

  • African/Diasporan I, II
  • Cultural Studies: The African/Diasporan Aesthetic
  • Seminar in Production
  • Directed Study: Dance Production and Administration
  • Directed Study: Independent Performance
  • Choreographic Investigations: Dance and Music
  • Text/Voice Based Composition
  • Movement Analysis
  • Internship with Tanec Praha in Prague, Czech Republic (Semester Abroad Spring ’16)
  • Osborne Scholar 2014-2017
  • Marimac Scholar 2015-2017

Before Denison, dance for me was confined to Indian Classical, specifically Bharatnatyam from the South of India. I performed in my Arangetram, a two-hour solo debut performance to live musicians the summer before my first-year at Denison. I got a glimpse of what it means to produce dance performances through my Arangetram. Denison has expanded my definition of dance far beyond my imagination and each semester my passion for dance increases as I too grow, both as a dancer and as an individual. I was only ever interested in dance in its performance and kinesthetic aspects. The past three years I have increasingly become involved and engrossed in the back stage and production aspects of dance. My experience in these facets of dance are what led to my internships Summer ’15 with Battery Dance Company and Doug Varone and Dancers in New York City. I went back Summer ’16 and worked with Doug Varone and Dancers again, it was as rewarding an experience the second time round.

I have even discovered that I have my own way of moving through the process of auditioning for the Fine Arts Scholarships, and by working with our resident professors and guest professors as cast in performance pieces. I am excited (and nervous) about exploring my own movement style further through the year-long research process I am conducting this year as a senior. I could not imagine my life on The Hill without the Dance Department and our little family within it. This Department has given me so much and I am honored to be a Fellow and this opportunity to give something back.

Hannah Zwemer

Hannah Zwemer ’17

Major/Minor: 
Dance Major and Education Minor

From Whitehall, MI

  • African/Diasporan II
  • Laban Movement Analysis
  • Intro to Music for Popular Dance
  • Body in Performance
  • Modern/Post-Modern II, III
  • Text/Voice Based Composition
  • Sri Lanka Travel Seminar
  • Vail Scholar 2014-2015
  • McGaw Scholar 2015-2017

Dance has always been a huge part of my life. I began ballet and tap at the age of three and a half and my serious training started at age 13 in the seventh grade. Though I have experience in many forms, I have found that I am the most passionate about those that allow expression and the telling of a story. When I came to Denison in 2013, I immersed myself into the Denison Dance Department and met my second family. I found that I had surrounded myself with loving and encouraging peers and faculty members. Since my first year, I have noticed that my passions have grown stronger and my confidence has increased. Dance has allowed me to find myself and use a voice that I never knew existed. African/Diasporan II has expanded my cultural knowledge and taught me traditional dances from parts of Africa, Modern/Post-Modern has taught me how to gain better control of my body, Text/Voice Based Composition showed me that words paired with movement are incredibly powerful, I could go on and on. I immersed myself in auditions, and classes taught by guest artists, I attended performances, I stretched my comfort zones by dabbling in choreographic works, and I have worked really hard at being present in the department. I’ve always considered myself a dancer and I’d always known that I would continue to dance in college—but I never knew it would be to the extent that it is and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Dance Department.

Junior Fellow

Emily Farrow

Emily Farrow ’18

Major/Minor: 
Dance and Computer Science Double Major

From Wayne, PA

  • African/Diasporan I, II
  • Cultural Studies: The African/Diasporan Aesthetic
  • Seminar in Production
  • Directed Study: Dance Production and Administration
  • Directed Study: Independent Performance
  • Choreographic Investigations: Dance and Music
  • Text/Voice Based Composition
  • Movement Analysis
  • Internship with Tanec Praha in Prague, Czech Republic (Semester Abroad Spring ’16)
  • Osborne Scholar 2014-2017
  • Marimac Scholar 2015-2017

I was asked recently to describe my perfect day, and after thinking of several different scenarios I realized that they all revolved around dance. Any day that I get to move and explore the sensation of dance is a perfect day in my book, whether it be through a laughter-inducing dance team practice, an exhausting but rewarding movement class, or just five minutes to myself spent jumping around in my room.

My journey with dance started as an energetic four-year old in a toddler ballet class at my local YMCA. From there I joined a studio and spent the next 13 years taking classes in ballet, pointe, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz. Coming to Denison I figured that I would just take a couple of dance classes and maybe audition for a show or two. This soon turned into a minor, and eventually a major. I found that I’m not done with dance, just as dance is not done with me. The classes and professors here at Denison have expanded my view of dance, introducing me not only to Modern and African dance, but also to a whole new way of thinking and speaking about it. The summer after my freshman year I was lucky enough to conduct research in dance and travel to Sri Lanka to perform and teach Modern, this year I’m honored to be a dance fellow, and in the future I can’t wait to see where my journey with dance takes me next.

Life Fellow

Kathleen Dean

Kathleen Dean

Dance Major

From Granville, OH

  • Ballet II, III
  • Contemporary II, III
  • Japanese Dance
  • Capoeira
  • African/Diasporan
  • Experiential Anatomy/Kinesiology
  • Dance Improvisation and Composition
  • Women and the Arts
  • Movement Analysis
  • Seminar in Production
  • Seminar in Choreography

I am a resident of Granville, with a biology background and ballet training. I have a long-standing relationship with the Denison University Dance Department, where I expanded my ballet based movement vocabulary with coursework and performance experiences to strengthen my science/dance integrative education. Through my relationship with the Dance Department, I developed invaluable skills for somatic work within the community, including with the Central Ohio Youth Ballet, Hospice of Central Ohio, ministry for confidential care for people in difficult life situations, and at Denison, as adjunct instructor in the Dance Department. I am a graduate of The Centre for BodyMindMovement, Somatic Movement Educator program, and I offer class or individual sessions in body/mind movement integration.

I am deeply honored to be a Life Fellow of the Dance Department. My relationships with faculty, staff and students at Denison University continue to greatly enrich my life.

Posted Date 
Monday, October 3, 2016

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