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ONU Dance Program Garners Grant

Oct 13, 2008
The Ohio Northern University dance program has been awarded an American Masterpieces: Dance-College Component (AMD-CC) grant.

The $10,000 grant will be used to reconstruct choreographer Donald McKayle's "Games" at ONU in October 2009. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) with Dance/USA, "Games" will serve as the centerpiece of a trio of dances including student-choreographed pieces exploring the issue of "play." The performance will be reconstructed by Amy Sennett. Outreach for the performance will include discussions, master classes and lecture demonstrations for university and middle school students in Ada and Lima.

Dr. Laurie Bell, ONU professor of dance and dance program director and facilitator, says of the grant, "Donald McKayle is a nationally and internationally known artist and choreographer. To have his work reconstructed for the ONU community
is a wonderful opportunity."

AMD-CC is designed to foster appreciation for the best in American dance history and creativity. The NEA is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts and bringing the arts to all Americans.

The ONU dance program features a comprehensive overview of dance history, performance and composition, with emphasis placed on faculty and student interaction. This fall, the dance program is celebrating 15 years at Ohio Northern.
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