LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS
SHINE IN RACE DANCE COMPANY'S
"HIP HOP NUTCRACKER"
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 tickets.racedance.com 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