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OU Dance Division hosts East-Central American College Dance Festival March 2-5

OU Dance Division hosts East-Central American College Dance Festival March 2-5

Conference will offer 5 free concerts to the public
Feb 25, 2014

The Ohio University Division of Dance announced that they would host the East-Central American College Dance Festival from March 2-5 on the Athens campus.

“We are planning an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions, a Guest Artist Concert and a Gala Concert,” said Conference Coordinator Teresa Holland. “It will be an exciting week of dance for the community to enjoy.”

It is estimated that there will be 450 conference participants from 30 universities on campus to teach, perform and take master classes and workshops. There are 5 free concerts for the community to enjoy. The free concerts are Sunday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m.; Monday, March 3 at 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. All concerts are free and will be in the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium.

The Dance Division is also honored to have Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC), Azaguno African Dance Ensemble, Chengxin Wei of Moving Dragon Contemporary Dance Company, Jesse Keller of The Yard, and Kristina Isabella all of which are providing master classes as well as works for a special  "Palate Cleanser" Concert on Tuesday, March 4 at 8:00 p.m. Palate Cleanser concert tickets are $10 adult general admission and $5 for children. Tickets available through the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium ticket office or by calling the box office at 740 593 1780.

Experience the passion, power and grace of the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company! Celebrating 45 years of artistic excellence, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company is a culturally diverse contemporary dance company committed to reaching the broadest audience through exceptional performance and arts-integrated education. See why master choreographers Donald Byrd (The Color Purple), Ronen Koresh (Koresh Dance Company), Kiesha Lalama (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Ray Mercer (The Lion King) recently set new works on this diverse company which holds the largest repertoire of African-American based contemporary dance in the world.

Azaguno is a multi-ethnic international touring group based in Athens, Ohio in the United States, focuses on performance of traditional and contemporary African dance and music. Through intercultural works, Azaguno brings to the stage a unique African theatrical experience. The group, founded and directed by Zelma Badu-Younge (Dance Director and Choreographer) and Paschal Yao Younge, (Executive and Music Director), appeared at several international venues in Canada, China, Ghana, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Korea, and through the United States. Azaguno represented the US at the FIFA World Cup in Seoul, 2002 and most recently performed with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

Chengxin Wei graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance, ballet, and modern for eleven years and received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. Since 2000, he has appeared with numerous Canadian dance companies including Ballet British Columbia. In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon Contemporary Dance Company. He is the 2007 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award recipient, and the 2009 recipient of the David Leighton Arts Fellowship Award from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He holds MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, Seattle and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University where he teaches modern, ballet and dance composition.

Kristina Isabelle originally from Columbus, Ohio is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and director of HighJinks Productions. Isabelle earned her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and an MFA in dance and choreography from The Ohio State University. She spent several years dancing around the world with some of the most innovative modern dance troupes, most notably Bebe Miller, The Stephen Petronio Company, Earth Circus Productions and Jordan Fuchs. She has been selected as one of Chicago DanceMakers Forum Lab Artist for 2013 and was a Pentacle Help Desk / Chicago artist. Her choreography has been produced nationally in Chicago, Columbus, New York City, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, and overseas in England, Ireland and Poland at the Bytom International Dance Festival. HighJinks Productions combines a wider variety of dance forms with traditional and contemporary circus arts to produce a unique type of entertainment that merges the best of both art forms. She has been featured at events throughout Ohio, New York and nationally on MTV and in the Nuclear Cowboyz tour 2010 for Feld Entertainment.

Esse Keller from Ashland, Ohio graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a BFA in Performance and Choreography. She started performing with Stefanie Batten Bland in Paris, France, and has been a part of the company ever since. With SBB, Ms. Keller performed in France at Festival Onze Bouge, Ris Orangis, Les Petites Scenes Ouvertes, and Cornell University’s Cultural Residency. In 2010 the company was honored as one of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s “NEW Fellows” at The Baryshnikov Arts Center. Ms. Keller has performed at many Universities, Symphony Space NYC, APAP NYC, The Brooklyn Museum, Saratoga ArtsFest, Jacob Pillow’s Inside/Out, and Ringling International Arts Festival. In 2010 she began her work as The Yard's Director of Island Programs and Education and Co-Producer under Artistic/Executive Director, David R. White. She is Co-Director of Dance The Yard, a dance collective formed in 2011 with her choreographic partner, Alison Manning.

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