About the Virtual Dance Collection

The OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection® is an interactive website that documents, preserves and historicizes the achievements of persons and institutions who have shaped the exceptional diversity of dance history and practice within the state of Ohio.

Planning Phase: (2014-2016):
The project was initiated by the OhioDance Board of Directors and began in 2014 with a prototype of the website, roundtable discussions throughout the state, and research on the recommendations of the community about which dance developments should be highlighted in the collection.
  • BalletMet, Columbus OH
    2015 OhioDance Spring Festival
    April 24, 2015
  • Ohio University, Athens, OH
    2015 OhioDance Fall Festival and Conference>
    October 24, 2015
  • Oberlin College, Warner Main Space, Oberlin OH
    November 4, 2015
    Master Class with Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC)
    Panel Discussion with ODC Artistic Director Brenda Way, OhioDance Virtual Dance Collection® with Candace Feck
    ODC Evening Performance
  • University of Dayton, @ARTSTREET, Dayton, OH
    December 1, 2015
  • Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH
    January 30, 2016
  • Kenyon College, Kenyon, OH
    February 11, 2016
July 2016-2017: Project Implementation
This phase laid the foundation for the project, including the collection of thirty oral history interviews from ten sites of activity, supporting archival documents and photographs, audio excerpts selected from over 28 hours of film footage, and an elaborate timeline of dance developments in the state, featuring the multiple connections and intersections of people and ideas within and beyond Ohio. Based on statewide nominations vetted by the Board of Directors of OhioDance, ten initial sites were selected.
There is an emphasis on various dance forms and diverse geographical representation. The website was completed on time, and launched at the April 2017 OhioDance Festival at BalletMet.
Project Development: The oral history collection is continuously being expanded; including the development of school residencies throughout the state based on the website that introduce Ohio’s dance history to local students in each of the site areas, and the newly updated documentary film, Ohio: A State of Dance featuring the artists and institutions of the initial ten sites. Future developments are taking place.

The Virtual Dance Collection (VDC) Team

M. Candace Feck
VDC Oral Historian
Faculty Emerita in Dance, The Ohio State University
B.A. Cultural Anthropology; M.A. in Dance;
Ph.D. Art Education
Jessica Cavender
VDC Media Manager
B.S. Electronic Media Communications
M.F.A. Dance and Technology, The Ohio State University
Megan Davis Bushway
VDC and OhioDance videographer
B.A. Art Therapy & Dance, Springfield College
M.F.A. Dance, The Ohio State University
Patrick Tabatcher
VDC and OhioDance Webmaster
Sr. Multimedia Producer, The University of Akron
B.A. Graphic Design; M.A. Communications, The University of Akron
Rodney Veal
OhioDance Board President
VDC Documentary Narrator
B.S. Political Science, Visual Arts, Eastern Michigan University
M.F.A. Choreography, The Ohio State University
Jane D’Angelo
OhioDance Executive Director; VDC Project Director
B.S. Business Administration, Northeastern University
CSS Administration & Management, Harvard University