When our powers combine, we are Columbus Moving Company! Individually, we are Maggie Abrams, Eric Falck, Jeff Fouch, Amanda Platt, Gabby Stefura & Christeen Stridsberg.
It is our mission to develop the talents of local career-oriented dance artists and augment the quality and recognition of Columbus modern dance on a regional and national scale.
Columbus Moving Company is a professional modern dance company dedicated to the development of local dance artists in Columbus, Ohio. As the resident dance company with Short North Stage at the historic Garden Theater in the Short North Arts District, CMCo is a training and performance platform for dancers committed to the presentation and innovation of modern dance. Through open company classes emphasizing technique, conditioning, improvisation, and repertory work, we champion the practice of dedicated dance artists and create opportunities to perform in or present new choreographic work.
In addition to our energetic and whimsical concert pieces, Columbus Moving Company offers a biannual community class series for movers of all ages and training backgrounds, inviting our audiences and other dance enthusiasts to engage in a guided physical experience in a non-competitive, inclusive atmosphere in the heart of the Short North.
For more information about the Company and class schedules, contact:
Director, Columbus Moving Company
For information about Dance at the Garden Theater contact:
Associate Producer, Short North Stage
CMCo is moving into our second season of performances and are hoping to expand our efforts in light of the success of our first season!! We invite you to consider joining us for the upcoming year of dance at the Garden Theater - whether you are interested in performing as a dancer, musician, or collaborator, offering classes to the company and/or greater Columbus dance community, or contributing choreography or new work to one of our shows.
It is the spirit of CMCo to always be looking for new and exciting collaborations and ways to integrate the Columbus arts community into our creations. This season, we have three very exciting collaborations in store, which will propel us into our desired future of inter-disciplinary performances and multi-media works. We believe that the Short North is the heart of Columbus arts culture, and we strive to present innovative modern dance theater that will invite new audiences to enjoy not only our own work, but the work of our partners, collaborators, and friends.
OCT 24th & 25th CMCo: Plays
Three choreographers will adapt 3 original plays by local playwrights into moving renditions of dance theater; Short North Stage will pair this performance with other pop-up events of informal readings of these three original plays by local actors. "Pool Play" by Zachary Owens; "From Sister to Mister" by Heidi Madsen; "Single City" by Susan Neale Aug 25th – Oct 23rd, 2014; Mondays at Ft Hayes, 7-8:30pm; 3 casts of 5-8 performers
DEC 12th & 13th Songs of the Season
For its fourth consecutive year, Songs of the Season brings together musical acts and performers from across Columbus to warm Holiday hearts in the Short North; with each show having a different lineup, CMCo is a featured act for these two shows during the December 11th-21st run. 2 - 3 meetings between November 24th & December 11th (fun, Xmas dance!)
MAR 27th & 28th CMCo: Puppets
With Dayton's Zoot Theatre Company, Columbus Moving Company collaborates on a premiere that combines Zoot's puppetry with CMCo's moves; this new work will present a modern creation fable in an exciting and innovative visual journey. January - March 2015
JUN 26th and 27th CMCo: Glass
CMCo teams up with mad Arts Group for an evening of live music and dance; Kevin Estes, local musician and composer with mad Arts Group, will compose a new ballet inspired by sculptural instruments created from glass, in collaboration with CMCo's whimsical spirit of structured and improvised dance theater. April – June 2015
In addition to collaborators and dancers, we are seeking other capable individuals who would like to volunteer their effort and time as interns and auxiliary members to CMCo – especially regarding grant writing or marketing and promotions. As we continue to grow, we are uncovering greater needs for administrative assistance and networking opportunities within the arts and dance community. We would LOVE to recruit some enthusiastic and knowledgeable local supporters looking to expand their own experience in these areas.
Our aim is to present exciting, sophisticated, and provocative dance for enthusiasts both local and abroad, and, while collaborating with artists of other genres, to provide opportunities for local performers and choreographers to develop and process their craft.
Jeff Fouch has performed on Columbus stages for over twelve years while teaching young dancers in numerous programs across the city. An alum of both Otterbein College (BS '04) and The Ohio State University (MFA '07), Jeff has trained in many styles of dance, including stilting, which he has explored with Kristina Isabelle Dance Company since 2005. He founded Columbus Moving Company with KIDC colleagues in early 2011, as well as Heroic Urges Moving Arts, a performance project that was granted the 2012 Columbus Dances Fellowship by Columbus Dance Theater and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In 2013, Jeff aligned his efforts with these separate projects and established Columbus Moving Company as the resident dance company at Short North Stage, in collaboration with Associate Producer Noah Rogers. His aim is to provide a training ground and performance platform for local Modern dance artists and to establish open classes and educational outreach for the short north arts district to augment and champion the ripening dance culture of Columbus.
Christeen Stridsberg is a Columbus native raised on tap dance & pop rock. She is alum of Otterbein College and is an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (Dance Performance and choreography), where she performed with Second Avenue Dance Company. A creator of movement AND words, Chrissy now teaches at Wittenberg University, Kenyon College, & Otterbein University - where she teaches Gender & Performance studies. She will dance to the sound of anything and teach the most stubborn of bodies how to move freely - and prides herself in doing so.
Maggie Abrams has been with Columbus Moving Company since its conception in 2011. Maggie has studied ballet and modern dance, and received her BFA in Dance Performance from OSU in 2006. That same year, she joined Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, where she had the good fortune of working with the other founding members of Columbus Moving Company. She currently works as a Pilates and yoga instructor and is in the doctor of physical therapy program at OSU, planning to graduate in May of 2014. She hopes to then set on a career as a Women's Health Clinical Specialist.
Gabrielle Stefura graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University, earning a BFA in dance education. She began her formal dance training at Ballet Theatre Ohio and has performed in many dance projects across the United States, most recently with Kristina Isabelle Dance Company. She is currently teaching dance at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center and is seeking a master’s degree in educational administration. In her work with Columbus Moving Company, she hopes to impact the growing Columbus dance community by presenting powerful dance that reaches a large and diverse audience. She seeks to give people an opportunity to enjoy dance, and, most of all, she never wants to stop dancing. As her students say, "dance is life".
Eric Falck began his dance training in 2006 with sparse yet diverse elective courses during his studies at The Ohio State University, where he received his BS in Zoology. Since graduating, Eric has dabbled in techniques such as Gaga and Aerial Acrobatics. Eric believes that his lack of specific dance training allowed him access to more natural movement qualities, which has been central to his development as a performer with artists such as Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, The Backspace Dance Company, Coco Loupe, Noelle Chun, Erik Abbott-Main, and Michael Morris. Currently, Eric is researching how to apply the movement of animals on human bodies by understanding the differences in morphologies, attempting to dissolve the idea of gender in social minds, and trying to awaken his audacious nature, which has been laying dormant for an uncomfortable amount of time.