We support opportunities to pursue activities that enrich the college experience and curriculum to help students reach their goals. Students may work closely with their advisor to pursue study abroad and internship opportunities and are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research with a mentor.
You may work with your advisor to consider ways to include study abroad in your educational objectives and the curriculum of the BFA in dance. Students have studied puppetry in Italy and France; Aboriginal Dance in Australia; African Dance and Drumming in Ghana; and Summer Festival Dance in Prague.
Dance students have received awards in support of undergraduate research and creative activity from the Provost and the Dean. Some awards have supported deepening studies in: contact improvisation and jazz study dance in New York; at dance festivals and in other countries; Technical dance production at American Dance Festival and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; Certification Training in Pilates; and creating research projects in dance for athletes and special needs populations.
Partnerships can be developed with professional companies for work experience during summers and University breaks. You can earn credit for this experience. Arrangements are made on an individual basis through the Artistic Director/Head of the Dance Division.
Some organizations that have sponsored internships with Ohio University Dance Division students include: Ohio Dance, Columbus, OH; Dance Theater Workshop, NYC; American Dance Festival, Duke University; Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival; Dance Alloy, Pittsburgh, PA; Minnesota Dance Alliance, Minneapolis, MN; Ashtabula Arts Center, Ashtabula, KY; Parkersburg Art Center and YMCA, Parkersburg, WV.
The Movement is an organization for Ohio University students interested in performance and other presentations of dance and artistic collaborations involving movement. A primary aim of The Movement is to promote dance as a thriving art in both the University and the Athens communities.
The Movement, with staff advisement, works closely within the Dance Division but maintains autonomy as a student organization. The Movement presents concerts of student works and lecture demonstrations in the Shirley Wimmer Dance Theatre and at other performance venues. It has presented workshops in such areas as yoga, tap, and swing dance and has engaged in community service work based on movement and dance.
Athens Black Contemporary Dance (ABCD)
"ABCD" is a dance organization that presents student choreography that celebrates Black dance forms, themes and aesthetics. Like "The Movement," it maintains autonomy as a student organization and uses resources within the Dance Division to help promote its goals.