Fifth Third Community Day 4/21/24: Dancing Stories


Fifth Third Community Day: Dancing Stories

Date and Time

Sunday, April 21, 2024 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45223

Event Type

Special Event



Join us for our next Fifth Third Community Day! Guests will receive free admission and experience special activities. Reserve your tickets online or in-person. Fifth Third Community Days are made possible through the generous support of the Fifth Third Foundation.

Activity Schedule

Movers Workshop

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.  |  2nd floor, Harriet Tubman Theater

Be a part of the performance! At the workshop you will learn a movement score to perform with the dancers during the Dancing Stories performance. No experience is needed, and you will be surrounded by dancers to collaborate with and follow along throughout the experience (ages 6 and above welcome).

Dancing Stories: Comings, Goings, and Finding Home

1–2 p.m.  |  2nd floor, Harriet Tubman Theater

The Ohio State University's Inaugural Artist Laureate, Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown leads an exploration of her work. This program includes screening of her short film Reflective Rae and performances by OSU dancers, Movers Workshop participants and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company member, Qarrianne McClellan.

Artist/Scholar Conversation

2–2:30 p.m.  |  2nd floor, Harriet Tubman Theater

Dr. McCarthy-Brown will lead a conversation about dancers featured in her new publication, Skin Colored Pointes: Interviews with Women of Color in Ballet. Book signing opportunity will follow.

Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown


Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown

Dr. Nyama McCarthy-Brown is an internationally recognized culturally sustaining dance educator. She is an Associate Professor of Dance Pedagogy through Community Engagement, at The Ohio State University. Originally from San Francisco, Nya’s love for dance developed at her community recreation center, and later at the School of the Arts High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Spelman College; MFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Michigan; and a doctoral degree in Dance Studies from Temple University. Dr. McCarthy-Brown’s first book, Dance Pedagogy for a Diverse World: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Research, Theory, and Practice was released in 2017, and quickly became an anchoring text in dance education. She recently completed her second book, Skin Colored Pointes, about women of Color in ballet. Dr. McCarthy-Brown is an active consultant for organizations such as: BalletMet, San Francisco Ballet School; Dance Educators Coalition, Minnesota; Cincinnati Ballet: Ohio Dance; and Dance Education Laboratory. This year, she is excited to step into her new role as the inaugural artist laureate at The Ohio State University.

Dancing Stories Performance cast

Director: Nyama McCarthy-Brown
Dancers: Meghan Bhanoo, Malaika Burke, Hattie Plinke, Larissa Rojas, Ariana Stone, Latifat Sulaimon, Eryn Toppin
Guest Artist: Qarrianne McClellan

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