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Ohio Wesleyan student dancers and choreographers will perform April 15 on Chappelear’s Main Stage

By Ohio Wesleyan University

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University’s student dance club, Terpsicorps, will present its annual dance concert at 8 p.m. on April 15, featuring 14 dancers performing seven pieces created by students and one by a guest choreographer.

For the first time in over a decade, “Terpsicorps 21/22” will take place on the main stage of the Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $3 (or two cans) for general admission and are free for anyone with a valid Ohio Wesleyan ID. To reserve tickets and pay (cash only) or bring canned goods to the door, visit owu.edu/terpsicorps21-22.

Two of the pieces in the show are dance videos created by students as part of their senior graduation projects.

Senior Ellie Bearss presents “Exploring Influences in Dance”. For her video project, Bearss of Franklin, Tennessee, explores how dancers interpret movement and bring their own influences to choreography throughout the creative process.

Senior Tess Meddings will present “Woven”. In her video, Meddings from Marion, Ohio focuses on creating a dance film using different filming, composition and editing methods to explore the art of creating dance for the camera and producing a project. finale that portrays the movement in a way that is more intimate and unreachable on stage.

In a third play, student-run tap club OWU Rhythms will join dancers from Terpsicorps and perform a tap dance piece. Junior Kayla Rush of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania will lead OWU Rhythms in the ensemble-based number.

Guest choreographer (and OWU faculty member) Rashana Perks Smith will supervise the dancers in “Casting,” a piece that is set near dusk as day fades into night. Three dancers delve into gray areas and pluralities as they find the dual roles of hunting to retrieve and hunting to erase. Arvo Part’s ‘Fratres for Cello and Piano’ provides a framework for connected vignettes that oscillate between silent introspection and physical charge.

The remaining pieces of the show, all choreographed by Wesleyan dance students from Ohio, explore a variety of themes:

  • Bearss and senior Anne Raspe of Chicago, Illinois will dance a duet focused on taking risks and sharing the weight.
  • Raspe and Rush will serve as co-choreographers on a company piece focusing on spacing as well as full integration of technical levels.
  • Junior Alex Dolph from Middletown, Ohio will present a group piece for six dancers focusing on inspiration from classic jazz styles.
  • Sophomore Ali Dix from Marion, Ohio will present a duo that focuses on the joy of dancing and performing with another person.

After the performance, guests will be invited to disperse in the hall and outside to greet their dancers.

Learn more about Terpsicorps on the band’s Instagram page, www.instagram.com/owu.terps. Learn more about the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Performing Arts at owu.edu/PerformingArts.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its flagship program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and holistic perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the US News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU expert interview sources at owu.edu/experts or learn more at owu.edu.

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