Friday, November 21, 2014


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Tammy Gordon Jones presents to the audience a photograph donated by OU School of Art & Art History professor Bob Dohrmann at the 2012 VASA Art Auction.

The University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History along with the Visual Art Student Association invite you to the annual VASA Art Auction on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6-9 p.m. in the Lightwell Gallery at the School of Art and Art History, 520 Parrington Oval. The event is free and open to the public.

The Visual Art Student Association is a registered OU student organization with a mission to support students in expanding their creative experience through fine art related trips, speakers and events that facilitate interaction with creative people. The VASA Art Auction is an annual event organized by its members that invites School of Art and Art History students and faculty to donate their artwork for a public auction, which will benefit the organization. The auction offers guests a chance to bid on original artworks. Opening bids will range from $1 to $5. Available works range from small-scale drawings, prints, and ceramic pieces to larger scale paintings and mixed media items.

“This event gives students a chance to showcase their artwork within a broader scale, while also allowing the public a chance to purchase student and faculty work,” said VASA president Shane Jensen. “It is the hope of VASA to promote the arts at the University and within the local community. The auction also promotes the individual talents of the OU School of Art & Art History students and faculty that donate.”
The event is free to attend and open to the public. Visitors will have an opportunity to view the exhibition from 6-6:30 p.m. and auction will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds from the auction benefit the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA).

For more information on the VASA Art Auction or the OU School of Art & Art History please visit or call (405) 325-2691.
The Lightwell Gallery is located on the second floor of the School of Art & Art History at 520 Parrington Oval in the OU Arts District. Gallery hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the School of Art & Art History at (405) 325.2691.

From the press release

Thursday, November 20, 2014


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From the brochure

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


The Nutcracker
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Oklahoma City Ballet is proud to announce an all-new production of “The Nutcracker,” transformed for audiences with new sets and costumes, presented by Devon Energy. The cherished holiday favorite will be performed at the Civic Center Music Hall for a 10-run performance, Dec. 13-22. Single tickets start at $26 and will be available through OKC Ballet and Civic Center Box Offices beginning Nov. 3.

This year’s production debuts all-new set and costume designs, offering Oklahoma City a production that will provide a fresh holiday experience for families across the state. The new sets were designed by Emmy Award-winning scenic designer Gregory Crane, and the elaborate new costumes are from Colorado designer Susanne Hubbs, whose designs have been featured in “Dance Magazine.”

Choreographed by Artistic Director Robert Mills, Oklahoma City Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” remains true to the original libretto that premiered in 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Tchaikovsky’s familiar score will be performed live at every performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, led by Music Director Joel Levine.

This classic fairy tale tells the story of Clara, who receives a beautiful, handmade wooden Nutcracker from the quirky Heir Drosselmeyer at a Christmas Eve party. That night, Clara sneaks downstairs to play with her new Nutcracker and is swept away to a fantasy land of toy soldiers, giant mice and dancing snowflakes. After saving her beloved Nutcracker from the evil Mouse King, she is whisked away to the enchanted Kingdom of Sweets and Toys, where she is treated to performances by fanciful, dancing confections and toys including the Sugar Plum Fairy.

As an added treat, Santa Claus will be in the main lobby 1 hour before all performances. Families will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa as a holiday keepsake (service fees apply). Children are invited to make their own Nutcracker oil pastel drawing 1 hour before all performances and during matinĂ©e Intermissions, sponsored by Oklahoma Contemporary. Following each 2 p.m. matinĂ©e performance, dancers from “The Nutcracker” will be available in the main lobby for photos and autographs and patrons can enjoy refreshments courtesy of Braum’s.

Performances take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. Single tickets may be purchased starting Nov. 3 by calling 405-848-TOES (8637) or online at All performances take place at the Civic
Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 7421 North Classen, Oklahoma City.

From the press release


By Nancy Condit

The University of Central Oklahoma's Kaleidoscope Show
will be held November 20-21st at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall,
with Perpetual Motion Dance as guests. The Kaleidoscope Dance Company will share the stage with Oklahoma High School Dance programs to present an eclectic blend of dance styles and genres. For tickets, go online at or call (405) 974-3375.Tickets are $15 for students/seniors and $20 for

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Upcoming Events

  • November 20-21st - 7:30pm
    • Guest Performance UCO Kaleidoscope Show University of Central Oklahoma
  • November 20-21st - 7:00pm
    • Guest Performance "Dance Fusion Showcase" Frederick A. Douglass Mid-High school 
  • November 22nd - 4:00pm
    • Guest Performance UCO High School Festival University of Central Oklahoma
  • January 10th
    • Private Fundraiser - Dunlap Coddling
  • March 10th
    • Touring Show - NWOSU - Alva, Ok
  • May 15th-17th  
    • SPRING CONCERT - Oklahoma Contemporary

For more info on Perpetual Motion visit:
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Join us in supporting modern dance in Oklahoma, become a patron TODAY!

Perpetual Motion Dance is able to bring quality dance performance to Oklahoma City in part by donations from our friends, families, and fans. 

As a Not-for profit organization
all donations are tax deductible.

For more info on Perpetual Motion visit:
Also from the announcement


Members of RACE Dance Company join forces with seven Oklahoma City Public High School dance programs for the return of Oklahoma City’s annual Hip Hop Nutcracker (HHN). Performances are set for December 5th and 6th at 7:30 p.m., and December 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Bishop McGuinness High School. General admission tickets can be purchased at a discounted rate of $16 at or $20 at the door.

At-risk students enrolled in dance programs at Capitol Hill High School, Douglass High School, Millwood High School, Northwest Classen High School, Putnam City West High School, Putnam City North High School and U.S. Grant High School auditioned for HHN in September. RACE chose 63 students, ages 14-and-up to take part in the performance. Each student has been paired with a member of RACE and mentored over the last three months in preparation for the performance.   

This year RACE has amped up the production of HHN with the addition of Starship Playground Producers and DJs Ben Edison and Chase Arnold. The duo will spin music live during the shows.

Like the original Nutcracker, HHN follows the journey of a young man who seeks to find something that is missing in his life, only to discover it exists within himself. However, HHN’s high-energy music and dance styles incorporate many more twists and turns than the traditional Nutcrackers. The take away for the audience is a message of perseverance, family and holiday spirit.
About RACE Dance Company
Hui Cha Poos created RACE Dance Company, Oklahoma’s first professional Jazz/Hip Hop/Contemporary group, in 2008. RACE is an acronym for Radical Application of Creative Energy. RACE has produced and participated in more than 75 performances throughout the city, with groups like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Dance United Benefit. In 2010, the Oklahoma Gazette selected RACE as one of the top 5 performance companies in Oklahoma. In 2011, RACE received the Great Inspirations Award from Creative Oklahoma. Today RACE is made up of more than 60 dancers within three companies: RACE, Men of RACE and Junior RACE. RACE is an official 501(c) (3) Non-Profit Organization.  
Executive Director of RACE: Hui Cha Poos
Artistic Director of RACE:  Emily South

Choreographers:  John Ariete, Emily South, Hui Cha Poos, Brandi Kelley, LaKeysta Tipton-Goree, Tasha Hinex, Brandon Graves, Austin Nieves, Amanda Williams, Amanda Beard, Jeremiah Walton, Tiffany Lemmings, Allison High
Music for HHN:  Original compositions by Starship Playground: Ben Edison, Chase Arnold

RACE Dancers:  Allison High, Christine Soileau, Sheri Hayden, Melissa Sluice, Amanda Williams, Amanda Beard, Audrey Johnston, Erika Reyes, Mariah Moore, Brooke Nagy, Sarah Smith, Shaina Wilkins, Cameela Pennington, Elizabeth Van Horn, Taylor Orebaugh, Tiffany Lemmings, Tasha Hinex

Men of RACE: Stephen Wafer, Asarra Smith, Jeremiah Walton, Brandon (Bg) Graves, Christopher Shepard, Austin Nieves, Lucio Martinez, Jesus Martinez, Jordan Eason, Dominick Brown, Ontario Byrd, Nathaniel Tylor, Gavin Hounslow

Jr. RACE: Abbigail Baird, Allie Peterson, Danielle Nickell, Shelby Bailey, Josie Hodges, Nancy Rance, Genna Ille, Parker Millspaugh, Emily Hernandez, Rebecca Harrison, Cierra Gibson, Abbie Idleman, Jackie Hernandez, Erin Presley, McKenzie Webb, Holly O’Neal

Guest Performer (Big D):  James Grigsby

From the press release


Friday, October 17, 2014


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 By Nancy Condit

 Dress rehearsal for Oklahoma City Ballet's world premiere Cinderella, choreographed by Jacob Sparso, company ballet master, Thursday night at the Civic Center Music Hall, was a promising rehearsal of the coming performances, October 17-19.

Cinderella is a very pleasant, pretty ballet, with lush music by Sergei Prokofiev, premiered in 1945, with a much gentler scenario than earlier European ones of the popular fairy tale. Nobody died, for a change. No one deserved punishment for a change. Well, maybe a little.

Of particular note were the dances of the fairies and their cavaliers, with their attendants of the four seasons: Spring, Amanda Herd-Popejoy and Walker Martin; Summer, Amy Potter and Daniel Handman; Autumn, DaYoung Jung and Gerald Pines; and Winter, Jeppe Jakobsen - the fairy, and Ryan Piper. The dancing and the choreography was very nice.

The Ugly Stepsisters are more comic or mad as characters danced by Robert Mills and Ronnie Underwood. These roles are traditionally played by men. It was to be wished that Mills cheated a little more, turning to the audience so that his outraged, screaming, wide open mouth could be appreciated by more of the audience.

Dress rehearsal is where you find out that a sprinkling of snow can accidentally become of blizzard, leaving the lead Winter dancers to lose their footing -- without injury.

Among other ballets, Sparso choreographed The Wizard of Oz and The Phantom of the Opera for the OKC Ballet. 

Guest conductor Kermit Poling directed the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, bringing live music to all performances. He also composed the scores for Beauty and the Beast, and Phantom of the Opera

Costume and scenic designer Alun Jones' early 19th century costumes and scenic designs were lovely, especially the added touch of a painted ceiling during the ball. The sets and costumes were courtesy of Louisville Ballet, with additional costumes courtesy of Nashville Ballet.

Tickets start at $25, and are available through OKC Ballet at 405.848.TOES (8637), by going online at, by going to the ballet office at 7421 North Classen, open Monday - Friday from 9 to 5, and at the Civic Center Box Office,  405.297.2264, Monday-Friday  9 a.m.-5:00 and two hours before every show start time, or online at