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ONU holds Day of Dance event


For the last five years, Ohio Northern University has invited dance students in grades 6 through 12 to visit the campus and have the chance to work on their moves with guest choreographers as part of their Day of Dance event.

The choreographers themselves are at the university for the annual Dance Choreographer's Showcase - but they take a day to spend time with budding dancers and maybe show them a few new moves.

"To have the opportunity to teach dance to local high school students is really cool, I wouldn’t normally get to have so much access to them, so it’s really nice that we get to do that on a college campus with great facilities and have a really good time with college students too, so it’s a really nice mix of student body here," said DeMarcus Suggs, a Guest Choreographer.

Those that participated in the Day of Dance say working with the guest choreographers is a great opportunity - one that doesn't happen every day.

"I’ve come here the past couple of years, and it’s been a really great experience with the faculty here, it's great to take classes from them, and they connect us with guest artists from all of the place," said Meghan Mulcahy, a Junior at LCC.  "You take classes from a lot of teachers who you usually wouldn’t be able to take classes with if it wasn’t like days like today, and you have a lot of fun while you’re doing it."

Organizers of the event say that one of the added bonuses of working on a college campus is being able to show students that they are able to continue their passion for dance even after leaving for college - and they don't necessarily even have to major in dance.

"We saw a need where we have all these local dance studios, but no outreach with them, so that’s where the idea developed from - how can we get more students involved with us here on campus," said Liz Cozad, Adjunct Faculty for ONU.  "I think that this is an important opportunity for girls in our area to realize that don’t have to major in dance."