An expanded look at this weekend's event.

The 2013 OhioDance Festival will be held April 26-28 in Columbus.

The annual event includes workshops, dance classes/ instruction, presentations and panel discussions and performances by dancers and teachers from throughout the state. Executive director Jane D'Angelo said the festival is intended as both a professional conference and for amateur dancers young and old. It is hosted by OhioDance, with offices in the Riffe Center, and BalletMet Columbus.

"OhioDance is a service organization that supports the diverse practice of dance," D'Angelo said. "The entire event is open to the public, with classes open for all ages and skill levels. The festival inclucdes performancves, auditions, instruction and a panel discussion."

A special feature this year is a cooperative program with Amethyst Inc., a Columbus residency program for women in recovery. OhioDance has been working with residents (and their children) on choreography that will be presented during the Saturday-night showcase. D'Angelo said both OhioDance and Amethyst were interested in how the arts might assist these women.

"We wanted this collaboration to include a discussion of their process and their stories, their life," D'Angelo said. "Some of their children will be in the project."

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