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Columbus, OH Participating in Global Underscore, 2017

Columbus, OH will be participating in the Global Underscore

What: The Global Underscore
When: June 24th, 2017
Time:  10am – 2pm
Where:  Sullivant Hall (studio tbd)
What is the Global Underscore?
The GLOBAL UNDERSCORE is an annual event in which the Underscore is practiced simultaneously for a 4 hour period by people all over world near the summer solstice (northern hemisphere). In 2012, there were 70+ sites. Claire Filmon proposed the event to Nancy in 2000 from a desire to connect dancers all around the planet to dance and to compose together in the moment and organized it until 2010. Now Brandin Steffensen, Nancy Hughes, and Lucy Mahler organize it. To participate in an Underscore, one should have some experience of Contact Improvisation and attend a talk-through of the Underscore, which often takes about an hour.
The UNDERSCORE is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith. It has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe.
The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others; and for integrating kinesthetic and compositional concerns while improvising. It allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical expressions, embodying a range of forms and changing states. Its practice is familiar yet unpredictable.
The practice progresses through a broad range of dynamic states, including long periods of very small, private, and quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing.
There are 20+ phases of the score—each with a name and a graphic symbol—which create a general map for the dancers. Within that frame, dancers are free to create their own movements, dynamics, and relationships—with themselves, each other, the group, the music, and the environment. Each Underscore is unique, providing rich and often inspiring experiences of the human and artistic phenomena of dance improvisation.

A video of Nancy Stark Smith talking about The Underscore

For more details pertaining to the Columbus, OH site for the Global Underscore email April Biggs:


Tomorrow morning at 7 AM the Columbus ensemble of dancers will be flying to Seattle to join the Seattle ensemble in our ten day rehearsal and performance project titled: Indigo. This cross country collaboration has been a long time coming and we are all eagerly waiting to see what transpires over the next two weeks….

For performance information and other details please click on this this link.

Stay tuned for pictures and video documentation of our time in Seattle. : )

Also be aware that the Seattle Ensemble, in addition to dancers from Minneapolis and NYC, will be joining the Columbus ensemble of Sea↔Bus for another ten day rehearsal and performance project titled: Loom. Loom will take place October 19-29, 2017 with a touring performance structure that visits three different venues with in the city of Columbus.



Sea↔Bus dance company has been expanding:

  1. We now have a Facebook page, including an event page for our upcoming dance performance, Indigo, at the Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, Washington.

If you want to skip the event link and go straight to ticket sales, and I hope you do 😉 , they are located here

2. We also have an email account:  Feel free to email us at any time with questions and thoughts.

3. Have you checked out our Instagram?  @sea_busdancecompany






Purdue Residency April 2017

Back in April of this year (2017) Kelly Hurlburt and I were lucky enough to be invited by Holly Jaycox, and the Division of Dance at Purdue University, for a week long dance residency. While in residence Kelly and I had the pleasure to teach improvisational dance classes and to make work with the students.

These students were not dance majors. The great majority of them were studying to become engineers,  scientists, and doctors. Many had never taken an improvisational dance class prior to Kelly and my visit to their campus. Kelly and I were astounded by their openness, their passion and their willingness to learn and explore contemporary dance movement. Please enjoy dress rehearsal footage of Enough Room for Two (an improvisational duet by Kelly and I), and Yeah. Oh My Gosh- Yesterday, Hug Me!, a group improvisational score created by Kelly and I in collaboration with dancers.


Here is a segment from WE, Columbus Moving Company’s latest dance piece….


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Take a look at the above link for details on CMCO’s next show this weekend!

Photo Credit: Jerri Shafer


Here is a work in progress the Columbus ensemble of SEA↔BUS created for Ten Tiny Dances last February.

Direction and Choreography by Josh Hines in collaboration with dancers.

Video shot by Megan Davis, Editing by Kelly Hurlburt


Dance @ OSU!

Check out this link for dance classes the OSU dance department is offering to the public. They include Yoga, contemporary dance, and ballet. Very cool opportunities to dance and work with some of OSU’s MFA and PhD Students!


Week Long Residency at Purdue University

This is going to be an amazing experience! Thank you Holly Jaycox and Division of Dance for organizing this…

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