Clintonville native, Mikey Thomas, has returned to Columbus after a decade of working over seas and in a handful of states throughout the U.S. Work includes filling positions as a faculty member of several university dance programs (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Goucher College). He is, once again, a resident of Columbus and working as the director of Movement Activities in the burgeoning arts neighborhood, Franklinton. Prior to this, Mikey worked as an independent choreographer and dancer in NYC, where he also was a member of the Sean Curran Company. Distinguishing awards include citations at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Prague Fringe Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, and inclusion in the Kennedy Center College Choreography Initiative all for new works. Mikey teaches varied movement courses from movement composition to video dance skills, and a variety of dance technique styles. Computer assisted manipulation of sound scores is a pastime, and often infiltrate his dances. Mikey is most noted for works that approach dance with a bit of irreverence via context. He has a MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University. Mikey has a strong love affair with contemporary art and performance, aerial dance, and Boston terriers.
Matthew teaches aerial techniques at introductory through advanced levels. Although he specializes in work on the trapeze, he is also highly proficient in other aerial and performance techniques. In the movement lab he challenges participants to become more physically capable and to galvanize autonomous creativity in performance. His sessions often employ acrobatic and acro-balance philosophies and techniques as well.
Scott Llyod DeWitt
At the age of eight years old, Scott Lloyd DeWitt saved enough S&H Greenstamps to purchase his first ukulele. Throughout school, Scott studied piano, saxophone, xylophone, and voice before deciding to become a writing teacher. Today, he facilitates Strings Attached: Ukulele Gatherings at Movement Activities. Part ukulele class, part sing along, Strings Attached is a large-group, adult gathering where participants of all levels (including brand new beginners and those with no music background) learn to play a song on the ukulele in a single, one-hour class meeting. Scott is dedicated to creating an inviting, collaborative, no-stakes environment where adults can make music. Scott Lloyd DeWitt is an Associate Professor, English at The Ohio State University. Director of STRINGS ATTACHED ukulele sessions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/StringsAttachedUke/
Part ukulele class, part sing along, STRINGS ATTACHED is a one-hour gathering that teaches adult participants of all levels (including brand new beginners and those with no music background) to play a song on the ukulele in a single class meeting. Each class starts with tuning and warm up and moves to strumming instruction, chord building and progression, and finally adding lyrics and singing. All instructional materials will be provided. Each session is a suggested $5 donation. Loaner ukuleles are available at no charge.