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Dance Writing in a Digital Age

Contributed by: Rebecca Pappas
Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2016 9:00 AM

The Ball State Department of Dance and Theater is pleased to present dance writer Elizabeth Zimmer and choreographer Sidra Bell

Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Ball State University

Ball Gym, Korsgaard Dance Studio (Room 213)

6 pm - “Dance Writing in a Digital Age” an interactive conversation with Elizabeth Zimmer

8:15 pm - World premiere of a new work by choreographer Sidra Bell featuring Ball State dance students


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Zimmer, a writer and critic for The Village Voice and New York Live Arts, says, “We will pay attention to the relationship between writing and dance, and contemplate ways to engage the public with an art form that is evanescent, sometimes mysterious, and similarly endangered.” Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theater, and books for Ballet Review, Dance Magazine, Metro, and other publications. She served as dance editor of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. She has reviewed dance in cities across North America, and taught writing and dance history at several universities. From 1979 to 1980 she was the Executive Director of the American Dance Guild, and since 1993 she has taught the Kamikaze dance writing workshop at schools and at annual conferences of the Dance Critics Association and ACDFA. Having earned a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, she has also studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders. She edited Body Against Body: The Dance and other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (Station Hill Press, 1989) and Envisioning Dance for Film and Video (Routledge, 2002), and developed a dance history curriculum for teachers in urban schools.Her one-woman show, North Wing, played at two off-off-Broadway theaters, and she has appeared in the work of Christopher Williams and Kriota Willberg.


SIDRA BELL, Artistic Diretor of Sidra Bell Dance New York, is returning for her third residency at Ball State University where she is an Adjunct Professor. In addition she is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.

Ms. Bell has won several awards, notably a prestigious 1st Prize for Choreography at the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany and a Patricia Kerr Ross Award from NYFA (Thayer Fellowship Competition). Her critically acclaimed choreography and company has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY, Inc.) was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE, #1 in Top 10 Contemporary Dance by the Pittsburgh Examiner for garment, and in the 2012 Year in Review in ArtsATL’s notable performances for Nudity. SBDNY was awarded a National Dance Project Production Award from New England Foundation for the Arts for an work MO¨NSTER OUTSIDE a multidisciplinary work in collaboration with Per Sto¨rby (Composer) from Sweden and the New Tide Orquesta (Sweden).

Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and created over 100 new works, with organizations of distinction such as BODYTRAFFIC, Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, The Juilliard School, River North Chicago Dance Company, Ailey II, LEVYdance (Inaugural AMP Artist), Robert Moses’ KIN, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, Uppercut Dansteater (DEN), Cornish College, University of California at Long Beach, Motto Dans Kolectif (TUR), Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Tisch School of the Arts, University of Utah, August Wilson Dance Ensemble, Point Park University, University of Michigan, The Ailey School, Barnard College, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Springboard Danse Montre´al, The Duo Theater, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with St. Luke’s Orchestra, National Choreographer’s Initiative, STEPS Repertory Ensemble, Visceral Dance Chicago, University of the Arts, University of Massachusetts & Five College Dance Department, Derida Dance Center (BUL), University of Texas at Austin, Ball State University, Carmina Slovenica (Slovenia), and METdance.

In 2012, Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985 — written/directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Frankfurt Ballet/White Oak Project). TEST was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest. In 2013-14 the film had many screenings at festivals worldwide, including The Seattle Film Festival, Frameline37 (San Francisco), Outfest (L.A.), Berlinale, and New York City Lincoln Center's NewFest Festival. The movie is enjoyed a theatrical release and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. It is currently available on VOD, iTunes and Netflix. In 2014, Bell directed the workshop of a new play, Loving Obama-Fatherless Sons, written by visual artist/author John Ransom Phillips. Bell was invited to serve as a juror on the international panel of the Stuttgart Solo Tanz Competition (March 2014). Bell serves as an artistic consultant for Springboard Danse Montre´al.

Ms. Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative pedagogy, Contemporary Systems-an interior & material approach was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. She is currently the creative director of MODULE, a biannual six-day incubator for advanced and professional artists in New York City with the critically acclaimed Sidra Bell Dance New York, inviting them into the intimate creative culture of the company.

Ball State Department of Dance and Theater is pleased to present dance writer Elizabeth Zimmer and choreographer Sidra Bell

Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Ball State University

Ball Gym, Korsgaard Dance Studio (Room 213)

6 pm - “Dance Writing in a Digital Age” an interactive conversation with Elizabeth Zimmer

8:15 pm - World premiere of a new work by choreographer Sidra Bell featuring Ball State dance students

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Pat McAfee Tickets

Contributed by: Natalie Huggins
Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2016 3:00 PM
I am looking to purchase 2 tickets to the Pat McAfee show at Emens Auditorium on February 12th.  Please text 765-215-4274 if you would like to sell. Learn more.

Brain Study Participants Needed

Contributed by: Kristin Perrone-McGovern
Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2016 1:30 PM

I am seeking eligible participants for a study examining patterns of brain activity during reasoning tasks.

This study occurs in two parts. For the first part of this study, you will be asked to complete a survey that asks about demographic information, religious commitment, and factors that may influence neurological activity (e.g. history of concussion, medications, history of anxiety). You will receive 0.5 research credits for completing this first part of the study. Certain scores on these measures qualify participants to be eligible for the second phase of this study.

Eligible participants will be invited to participate in the second phase of this study for an additional 2 research credits. Eligible participants who wish to participate in the second phase of the study will be contacted by email to schedule a lab time.

For the second part of the study, you will be prepared for an electroencephalograph (EEG) recording session and your brain activity will be measured while completing several computerized tasks. For the EEG recording you will be asked to wear a tight cloth cap, and electrodes will be secured to the cap and to several locations on the face using a non-toxic gel. The computerized tasks you will be asked to complete involve reading a series of scenarios and making decisions by providing a response of ok or not ok. While you perform the computerized tasks, your neural activity will be recorded in the next room and your progress will be monitored using a video camera. The video feed is passive and will not be recorded. The second part of the study should take approximately 1 1Ž2 to 2 hours to complete.

Qualifications for participation: In order to participate in this study you must be at least 18 years of age and no older than 65 years of age at the time of the study.

If you’re interested in participating, here is a link to the survey:

Thanks so much!

Aaron Esche, MS
Doctoral Candidate
Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Kristin Perrone-McGovern, PhD
Faculty Advisor
Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Join Campus Orchestra!

Contributed by: Janelle Cunningham
Published: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 10:30 AM
Join Campus Orchestra!

Have an old violin that needs dusting off? How about a viola or a cello? Campus Orchestra is the place for you!

Always looking for new members, campus orchestra rehearses once a week, Monday nights from 8:00-9:30 and presents one concert near the end of the semester. A great opportunity to make music with excellent people in a relaxed, but high-achieving atmosphere, campus orchestra just might be the place for you.

We are especially looking for viola and cello players.

No audition necessary to join; all majors welcome;.

Contact Michael Lund Ziegler, conductor, for more information
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Participants Needed! Women with Inflammatory Bowels

Contributed by: Anna Beyer
Published: Tuesday, 19 January 2016 1:30 PM
I am conducting research for my thesis involving romantic relationships and women with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Learn more.

10 Month apartment Sublease needed

Contributed by: Shelby Wyatt
Published: Monday, 11 January 2016 9:00 PM
Autumn Breeze Apartment off campus, apart of the Silver tree communities. Rent is $313 a month. Mits bus takes you from campus to there. Free parking, and the apartment community has a pool, free tanning, a workout area, volleyball courts and a basketball court. The apartment is across from Tailgate field. Looking for one roommate to live with two other girls. Learn more.

Participants Needed for Brain Study

Contributed by: Kristin Perrone-McGovern
Published: Tuesday, 05 January 2016 4:30 PM
We are seeking participants for a study to examine patterns of brain activity during the decision-making process. This study will be held in North Quad 069 and will take approximately 2 hours of your time. In this study, you will fill out a few questionnaires and participate in one behavioral task on a computer as well as EEG data collection. EEG works by recording the electrical activity of a person’s brain. The EEG process involves a cap with electrodes being placed on your head after which you will perform the computerized task while brain activity is recorded. Gel will be placed in holes in the cap and will get into your hair. The gel is non-toxic and washes out easily with a shower. Participants must be willing to have gel placed in their hair for the EEG section of the study.

Qualifications for participation: In order to participate in this study you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the study and enrolled as a student at Ball State University. Individuals with neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, or who are currently taking psychopharmaceutical medications will not be eligible for participation.

If you're interested in participating, please e-mail Aaron at to set up an appointment.

Thank you for your interest in this study.

Kristin Perrone McGovern, PhD, HSPP, LMHC
Department of Counseling Psychology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Stephanie L. Simon-Dack, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychological Science
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
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