Oklahoma Contemporary Dance
Festival is a grant-funded program, hosted by Perpetual Motion Dance,
which allows dancers ages 12 & up to study with professional
choreographers throughout the month of July culminating in a final
virtual performance on July 25th, 2020 at 7:00 pm⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How do I audition? --->
The link in the bio takes you to the OCDF page. Click on the audition form and fill it out. OCDF coordinator, Alana Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) will send you a Google Classroom invite. You will submit 4 audition videos. Videos are due June 15th. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then what? --->
The OCDF coordinator will invite you to your choreographers Google
Classroom a week after. You'll connect with your choreographer to create
movement during your choreographer's specified rehearsal times (the
times listed in the audition form). The choreographers will collect
recordings to create edited videos for the July 25th performance.
Any other questions?
Please let us know! We're here to help and connect you with other hungry artists ready to create.⠀⠀⠀⠀
OKC PHIL SHOW HOUSE OPENS TODAY WITH MASKS AND A VIRTUAL TOUR
47th Annual Symphony Show House opens TODAY - Saturday the 13th! This
8,000 square foot, 5 Bedroom, 9 Bath home with numerous living areas, a
pool, and generous back yard with a half basketball court is built for
entertaining. It is located at 2737 Guilford Lane, close to May and
Britton in OKC.
Tour the home 11am to 7pm from June 13 - 28th with the first hour reserved for at-risk patrons. Please wear your mask as CDC guidelines will be followed.
Katelynn Henry, Steve Calonkey & Steve Simpson, Henry Home Interiors
Lezley Lynch, Lezley Lynch Designs
Dr. Kari Lopez, Renae Brady & Tracy Knoche, LOREC Ranch Home Furnishings
Nathan R. Hughes & Maria Magana, Mathis Design Studio
Calonkey Carl, ASID, NCIDQ, Cassidy Brunsteter, Allied ASID, &
Lance Whitlow, Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design
Cindy Curley & Ryan Johnson, Norwalk Design
Deb Johnson, Paint Inspirations, Inc.
Ronette Wallace, OTW Interiors and Suburban Contemporary Furniture
Julie Miller, Tin Lizzie's
J. Mark Taylor, RID, Assoc. ASID, Traditions Fine Furniture & Design
Steve Winters & Lisa Smallwood, Winter House Interiors
Show House will also host a boutique and pop-up shops featuring
jewelry, art, gifts and more by The Black Scintilla, Home Dazzle, Lynda
Savage Art and Vintage Gypsy.
Home offered by The Wyatt Poindexter Group
Room by J. Mark Taylor, Traditions Fine Furniture and Design
Don Risi Photography
Dr. VALERIE WATTS is principal flute with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. She created the following piece to uplift our spirits. Says Valerie:
never get tired of hearing something new in a symphonic work. I love
creating something that makes people feel good and connected to the
Besides her leadership with the OKCPHIL, Valerie isprofessor of flute at the University of Oklahoma, School of Music. Her appointment at the University of Oklahoma includes membership of its resident faculty quintet, The Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet. During the summers, Dr. Watts has taught for the students at Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and continues to perform as principal flute with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra.
roll please! Beginning June 17 (and moving forward), while we open to
the general public with this summer’s special exhibition POP Power from Warhol to Koons, OKCMOA will offer FREE admission for children 17 and under!
Last weekend kicked off our Member preview of our long awaited
summer exhibition. Members' exclusive access will continue through June
14. We highly recommend members reserve their spots BEFORE arriving by
visiting this page.
Like the rest of the nation, the staff at OKCMOA is grieving,
but we are passionate about the arts as a form of expression and a way
of healing. With a steadfast belief in our mission of enriching lives
through the visual arts, we want to offer to our community the museum as
a space for reflection and renewal either in solitude or with family
this summer’s SONIC Free Family Day in a whole new way – from the
comfort of your home! Tune in Sunday, June 28 to the Museum’s YouTube
channel and social media for a very special virtual event! Enjoy the
Sugar Free Allstars, hosts Malcom Tubbs and Shelby Love from Fox 25, OKC
Improv, a tour of POP Power
with Amanda Harmer and Bryon Chambers of OKCMOA, an at home art
activity with local artist and Metro Family contributor Marissa Raglin,
special guests and more.
are an integral part of the OKCMOA community. Please help us improve
your experience by completing our members’ survey. We value your time
and feedback. By completing the survey, you will be entered to win a
$100 OKCMOA gift card that is valid for shopping in the Museum Store, purchasing film tickets, or renewing your membership.
Our learning and engagement team was especially proud to create and donate 100 design challenge activity bags to Positive Tomorrows,
Oklahoma's only elementary school and social services agency
specifically for children and families experiencing homelessness! These
bags aim to help their students maintain a sense of creativity and
imagination during this time. We want to continue to provide experiences like this to children and adults alike, but in order to do so, we need your help.
If you are in a position to do so, please consider a gift of any amount to support the continued operations of OKCMOA.
OU YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE: Thurs. Jan 23 - Sun. Jan 26
University Theatre will present a production of engaging,
original dance works created by select student choreographers from
the University of Oklahoma School of Dance in
Young Choreographers’ Showcase. The production is scheduled to
open at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.
Always an audience favorite,
Young Choreographers’ Showcase
presents talent, imagination and energy in an innovative
production of choreographic premieres. The dance production will take
place in the Elsie C. Brackett Theatre, 563 Elm Ave., on the OU Norman
campus. Additional performances are set for 8 p.m. Jan. 24 through 25
and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. This production
is suitable for all audiences.
The School of Dance welcomes students from the Talulah Centro Integral de Danza to
Young Choreographers’ Showcase, as they present two dance
works. OU School of Dance alumna Vanessa Villaneuva is the director of Talulah Centro
Integral de Danza, Cancun, Mexico. This dance company unites their dance styles and build on their strengths to elevate the spirit of dance.
our students amaze and inspire audiences with their creativity and risk
taking,” said Michael Bearden, director of OU School of Dance. “This
year’s program will not disappoint
as the students in the School of Dance have channeled their talents in
order to speak powerfully with their youthful artistic voices.”
OU School of
Dance faculty adjudicated students’ choreography to showcase 10
exceptional dance works for the production. This year’s choreographers
are Keeleigh Everett, Tessa Fungo,J’aime
Griffith, Joni Keaton, Noah Klarck, Greta Nuñez, Caroline Preskitt,
Justin Rainey, Christa St. John and Cameron Terry. These dance works are
created in collaboration with Helmerich School of Drama student
lighting designers. They are Harrison Best, Lydia Brinkmann,
Cassi Crain, Ian Evans, Logan Roscoe, Colby Smith, Anna Steele and
A brief description of each work highlights a mix of aesthetics and perspectives by the choreographers.
a modern dance performance sophomore from Garland, Texas. Her piece titled, Joke No More,
is aboutthe idea that the happiest people can be the saddest people as well. The piece features the mental state of a clown who puts
on a happy face for others, but by the end we learn how he truly feels.
Tessa Fungo is a modern dance performance sophomore from La Cañada Flintridge, California.
Her dance work Sighs of the Depths plays with the idea of nothingness… lacking narrative
and existing in a void. The title of the song being used is Suspirium, which translates
to “sigh,” functioning as a homophone to play with the idea of how large nothingness can be.
J’aime Griffithis a first-year master of fine arts in modern dance candidate from New Orleans. Griffith choreographed
Am I There Yet?—a
piece about the journey of self-discovery onward, upward and forward.
a ballet performance and international area studies senior from Rockville, Maryland.Her dance work titled
She Was a Planet,
the physicality of embodying a “new skin,” as the dancers use movement
to push the boundaries of curiosity that we feel about ourselves and the
limits of our abilities.
Noah Klarckis a ballet performance junior from Collierville, Tennessee. His piece,
explores a relationship between two people and how they interact with one another under stressful circumstances.
Greta Nuñez is a first-year master of fine arts in dance candidate in dance from Mexicali,
Baja California, Mexico. Her piece SWITCH
is about how people react differently to
big changes in life. The way one was raised determines how one
confronts life in hard situations, such as being alone and away from
your family and friends.
Caroline Preskittis a ballet performance and neurochemistry senior from Denver, CO. Her piece
from the Latin word for ruin. The dance is about the ability of
humankind to destroy as well as its ability to change for better. It
features a collaboration with
OU students Alex Leasau, sound designer, and Montserrat Ruffin, visual
artist from the OU School of Visual Arts.
Justin Raineyis a ballet
pedagogy senior from Fayetteville, Arkansas. His piece is titled One Day at a Time.
Christa St. John
is a second-year master of fine arts candidate in the OU School of Dance. Her piece,
is an excerpt from the ballet Divertimento
created in collaboration with composer and Baker Professor of Music
Brian St. John. The work is a fusion of electronic music, animation and
Cameron Terry is a modern dance performance junior from Atlanta, Georgia. His piece,
That 70s Shuffle,explores
the idea of blending classical ballet and modern dance to 70s music by
African American musicians. With classical ballet considered
historically a white art form, it creates a sense of irony and
juxtaposition with the music and allows the dance to be educational
for dancers and audience alike. The work demonstrates that different
types of music can be used to create bold and innovative ballets and
that there isn't one set type of music to which ballet must be
production staff consists of Bearden, artistic director; Boyko Dossev
and Leslie Kraus, OU School of Dance faculty coordinators;
Charlotte McGaughy and Tatum Smith,
stage managers; Jeff Baldwin, technical director; Kasey Allee-Foremen, associate producer; and Mary Margaret Holt, producer.
Advance tickets for
Young Choreographers’ Showcase
are $25 for adult; $20 for senior adult, OU employee
and military; and $10 for student, plus handling fee. Tickets at the
door are $35 for adult and $15 for student, cash or check only.Tickets also may be purchased online at theatre.ou.edu, by calling (405) 325-4101 or by visiting the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd
For accommodations, please call the box office at (405) 325-4101.