Saturday, December 10, 2016


 RACE Dance Company mentors 90 students from dance programs in six Oklahoma City Public Schools for the fifth annual production of the Hip Hop Nutcracker (HHN). Show performances are set for 2 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, December 17 at Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center located at 7777 S May Ave. in Oklahoma City.

“For the first time ever, we’ve extended the invitation to elementary schools involved with Prairie Dance Youth Company. Attendees will be blown away by the talent these young kids possess,” said Hui Cha Poos, Executive Director of RACE Dance Company.
In addition, students enrolled at Douglass High School, Harding Fine Arts Academy John Marshall High School, Northwest Classen High School, Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School, and U.S. Grant High School will perform in the show. RACE Dance members meet with the kids once-to-twice a week leading up to the show.

“We go to teach them the choreography and fundamentals of hip-hop, but we leave knowing we’ve impacted these kids way beyond the dance floor,” Brandi Gable, Artistic Director for RACE Dance Company. “For many of these kids, this is life changing – being able to perform in a professional setting is something they never dreamt would be possible.”
Poos says HHN also advances RACE's mission to bring social awareness and change through dance performances and education.

“We bring kids together from different schools and different backgrounds in a non-competitive environment where it’s all about collaboration and inclusion. The result is truly magical – not just for the kids, the audience can see and feel it throughout the performance,” said Poos.

Set to high-energy music, and contemporary, hip hop and jazz moves, HHN tells the story of a young man who searches for something missing from his life, only to discover that "it," exists within himself. The take away for the audience is a message of perseverance, family and holiday spirit.

Individual tickets can be purchased for $20 online at For more information about HHN, visit:
Courtesy of RACE Dance Company

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