Angelica Bell currently serves as the artistic director of Factory Street Studio, a nonprofit and non-competitive dance studio in Southeast Ohio. Additionally, Angelica serves as adjunct faculty at Ohio University. Angelica’s career has been dedicated to performing, teaching, and curating opportunities for community engagement through dance. She completed her BFA in dance at San Diego State University in 2011 and proceeded to perform professionally in California. Angelica simultaneously served as an academic coach and dance teacher for children and adults with special needs in K-12 and studio contexts. She was the dance director and resident choreographer at R. Roger Rowe Elementary and Middle School in Rancho Santa Fe, California, for two years before coming to Ohio for graduate school. Angelica received an MFA in dance from the Ohio State University (OSU) in 2018, where she taught studio-based dance classes as a graduate teaching assistant to students of all ages. For her MFA project, she co-directed the OSU School Tour Company that brought a traveling dance program to 11 K-12 schools in Columbus. Additionally, Angelica facilitated teaching opportunities and collaborations in the Columbus community for undergraduate dancers at OSU. In her last year of graduate school, she extended her pedagogical research to include young children at a selected urban public school. Her teaching practice has been enriched by investigating children’s understanding and discussion of their choreographic processes.
Angelica’s career as a teaching artist has consisted of a blend of performance experience, teaching a variety of genres in diverse settings (i.e. private studio, nonprofit organization, public schools, higher education), and choreography as a means to facilitate communal cooperation and problem-solving through movement. Her love for performing drew her to explore teaching as a career and lifelong dedication. Angelica has always enjoyed participating in group choreography processes and managing the conflicts and creative dilemmas that would inevitably emerge. Early in her dance career, Angelica did not identify as a choreographer; the joy for her was working collaboratively with others. She discovered that she has a knack for facilitating communication in diverse groups, planning and organizing events, and bringing members of a community together to share in an experience. Through teaching, Angelica gained access to an outlet that requires her embodied movement knowledge, creative problem-solving sense utilized in choreography, and
leadership skills that have inclined her to act from a place of interest in communal decision-making.
As an artist with experience teaching in a variety of educational settings, Angelica sees her role as someone who extends and enhances the learning and engagement of her students via dance. She is interested in teaching principles of codified dance techniques, but even more so in the generative power of solving problems, brainstorming ideas, and forging relationships through dance. She teaches dance both as a discipline in its own right—with its own set of unique values, history, challenges, and potentials—and as a mechanism to reinforce the learning of various subjects (academic and non-academic).
Grade Levels/Age Groups
- Grades 1-3
- Grades 4-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9-12
- Young Adult
Facilities and Resources Required
- Audio System
- Electrical Outlets
- Performance Space
Mornings & weekends; Angelica is unavailable during Fall 2019 but is available starting January 2020