Eleven years ago, U of T students Susanna Chwang, Rebecca Ho and Sarah Bunston organized U of T’s first performing dance group, the Only Human Dance Collective. Their goal was to create an open and all-inclusive forum for dancers and choreographers. Today, OHDC has grown to be U of T’s leading dance group. What began with three members now includes thirty-eight. They practice all around the downtown campus: at Wilson Hall, Chestnut residence basement, Hart House and the Sussex clubhouse. In fact, the OHDC continues to welcome new members regardless of their skill level, to learn more about dancing and to have fun, says Genady Gavleshov, the OHDC’s Communications Producer.Although time has passed and membership has expanded, the OHDC continues to pursue the same goal it always has: to allow a diverse group of dance lovers, dancers and choreographers to express themselves through their annual show, says Gavleshov.“Every year OHDC puts on an annual show that draws hundreds of people,” said Gavleshov. “This year’s show, ‘Observing Emotion: A study of Human Behavior,’ is our 10th annual show and an important milestone in our effort to bring the love of dance and the opportunity to create to U of T students and the general community.” “Observing Emotion: A study of Human Behavior” features a collection of dances by members of OHDC.
The dances include contemporary, bollywood, hip-hop, cabaret, jazz and more. Choreographers and dancers have planned and practiced their routines since the start of the academic year. “Observing Emotion” will run at the Betty Oliphant Theatre from March 4 to 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets will be sold at U ofT, at the OHDC office or at the door. More information on the OHDC can be found at ohdc.sa.utoronto.ca.