Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Photo courtesy of Oklahoma City University
Nearly 150 Oklahoma City University dancers will jump into Christmas with “Home for the Holidays” from Dec. 5 to 8 at OCU’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium. The American Spirit Dance Company, under the direction of Jo Rowan, will perform a sensational array of new dances intertwined with perennial audience favorites for the show, which is as lavish and fun-filled as anything on Broadway. The show is recommended for ages 6 and up. 

Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $28.15 and can be purchased by calling (405) 208-5227 or visiting

From the press release 

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Race Dance Company and Local High Schools to Perform
Hip Hop Nutcracker at Bishop McGuinness High School
Tickets available at or before showtime on
 Friday, December 6th or Saturday, December 7th at 7:30pm

Dancers with Race Dance Company have joined forces with local Oklahoma City Public High School dance programs, for the return of Oklahoma City's Hip Hop Nutcracker performance on December 6 and 7 at Bishop McGuinness High School. The performance is similar to the classic Nutcracker but with even more impressive twists & flips. The Hip Hop Nutcracker (HNN) has updated its original music by Bennix, a new story line, and even more styles of Hip Hop. This performance will be centered in an urban setting, with real world issues. 
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is an inspiring story about a young man who seeks to find a missing piece in his life, but discovers it already exists within himself.  The story is about perseverance, family and the holiday spirit. The audience once again joins Carlos on his journey to follow his heart and find himself.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns this Christmas season, in what continues to be a new family tradition for the Oklahoma City community.

Dancers of Race Dance mentor students from dance programs at Millwood High School, Capitol Hill High School, Northwest Classen High School, Putnam City West, U.S. Grant, and Putnam City North High School to prepare for this performance.

About Race Dance Company
Race Dance was created by Hui Cha Poos in 2008. Over the years, Race Dance Company has produced and participated in over 50 performances throughout the city. In 2010, the company was selected as one of the Gazette’s top 5 performance companies in Oklahoma.  In 2011, they received the Great Inspirations Award from Creative Oklahoma. Race is the abbreviation for Radical Application of Creative Energy and is Oklahoma’s first professional Jazz/Hip Hop/Contemporary Company.  In 2011, Race became an official 501(c) (3) Non-Profit Organization.  In the 2012-2013 season, Race performed for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Dance United Benefit Show, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, OKC or Oklahoma City Arts Festival, Arts Moves, World Neighbors Association, Dancers Against Cancer, Oklahoma Gazette Halloween Parade, Creativity Forum, Multicultural Festival, Better Block OKC, Choctaw Extreme Leadership Summit, as well as its original shows Circle, E-race, Amazing Race, Race-Ed, Hip Hop Nutcracker, Racey and Raceless.                                   

Director and Producer of HHN: Hui Cha Poos
Music for HHN:  Original compositions by Bennix of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma
Race Dancers:  Allison High, Christine Soileau, Sheri Hayden, Ashley Brown, Melissa Sluice, Amanda Williams, Emma Clarke, Amanda Beard, Chanel Roland, Tasha Hinex, Sarah Henry, Katelyn Perkins, Audrey Johnston
Men of Race: Dominick Brown, Giangelo Peterson, Shandrick Griffin, James Mayfield, Stephen Wafer, Christopher Lester, Asarra Smith, Jeremiah Walton, Zachary Aman, Bryan Beaver, Bg Graves, Christopher Shepard
Jr. Race:  Abbigail Baird, Amity Bevard, Lacy Allstat, Charee Haron, Allie Peterson, Danielle Nickell, Jasmine Fuentes, Monica Blackwell, Cara Clear, Stormi Luney, Alex Jury, Stephanie Dudley, Shelby Bailey, Jesus Martinez, Ana Dominguez, Josie Hodges, Sophie Thiebaut, Madison Crider, Torre Randel, Raven Luehring, Chloe Stevenson, Nancy Rance, Abbigail Baird, Samantha Weaver, Genna Ille, Taylor Foster, Tristan Brewer, Nathaniel Tylor, Billy Fallon

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hartel Dance Group - What's Love Got to Do with It?


Hartel Dance Group presents its 2013 Fall Season "What's Love Got To Do With It?" this weekend at Oklahoma Contemporary.

With the collaboration of choreographer Chris Castleberry, composer Aaron Robinson, actress Tonia Sina and poet Skip Largent, Hartel will bring His vision for “What’s love got to do with it?” to life weaving together many facets of connections and rituals that define our lives. Journeying through life, we inherently create relationships—some lasting, some passing, and some that impact us in the most transformative of ways. We have more means to access human connection than any generation past. Yet for some reason, there remains a cold undercurrent of isolation, loneliness, and separation that bridles many of our experiences—whether we are aware of it or not. All humanity craves acceptance and love, but Hartel poses the well-known question, “What’s love got to do with it?”
Curtain is 8 p.m. at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Foundation, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. 
Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance online at , or by
calling 405.919.9331.

Monday, November 4, 2013


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  Hong Wang, who is the Artistic Director of the musical ensemble Melody of China, thinks that young people in the west have little knowledge of China beyond egg rolls, Jackie Chan and Kung Fu Panda and his goal is to expand their horizons.
Helping him with that goal, the Metropolitan Library System is sponsoring a series of concerts by Melody of China.  The ten concerts will be presented at ten MLS locations November 3-8.
Melody of China began in the San Francisco Bay area in 1993 to promote Chinese classical, folk and contemporary music, and also to entertain through a blend of the ancient musical tradition of China and the youthful, multi-colored culture of contemporary America.
“You can use words to express thoughts,” Hong Wang said, “but through music, I can do the same thing. Tradition is the most useful source for creative music. The things we do now are based on tradition. ... If we don’t have a past, we don’t have a future.”
Melody of China’s performances at MLS are co-sponsored by Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Schedule of Melody of China presentations:
Sunday, November 3 at 2pm = Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue
Monday, November 4 at 1pm = Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th
Monday, November 4 at 7pm = Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller
Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm – Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno
Wednesday, November 6 at 10am = Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard
Wednesday, November 6 at 2pm = Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd
Thursday, November 7 at 1pm = Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker
Thursday, November 7 at 7pm = Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa
Friday, November 8 at 10am = The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania
Friday, November 8 at 2:30pm = Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th
For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the
MLS website,


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Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance - Monday 6:00-7:00

Beginning/ Intermediate Aerial Dance - Wednesday 6:30-7:30

Drop in Rate: 10.00
5 and 10 Class Cards Available

All classes held at-

Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107