Saturday, June 13, 2020

TODAY 6/13 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

DUE BY JUNE 15TH                     

What is it? ----> 
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 ( 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.⠀⠀⠀⠀

Perpetual Motion Dance


Leshnoff Commission Concert 2020

The 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.

For the first time we are offering a Premium Virtual Tour Option so you can enjoy the beauty and design of this Hollywood Hills inspired home whether you can attend or prefer to stay home!

Proceeds from the 2020 Symphony Show House support the education and community engagement programs of the OKCPHIL.

The OKC Philharmonic and OKC Orchestra League are grateful to the designers and those who volunteer their time, talent and resources to transform the house into a masterpiece.

Symphony Show House Committee and its leaders include:
Chair – Julia Hunt
Design Chair- Tuesday Fay, Bob Mills Furniture
Designer Liaison, J. Mark Taylor, RID, Assoc. ASID, Traditions Fine Furniture & Design
House Manager - Chris Stinchcomb
Other instrumental OKC Orchestra League leaders include:
OKC Orchestra League President – Wendi Wilson
OKC Orchestra League Public Relations – Joan Bryant
OKC Orchestra League Development Chair— Kristen Ferate

House designers include:
Elizabeth Richardson, Adorn
Rosinna Gies, Amini's Galleria
Tuesday Fay and Halah Songer, Bob Mills Furniture
Abbie Wilkerson, Aleks Payne & Doris Medrano, Calvert's Plant Interiors
Crystal Carte, Carte's Interiors
Shara Castillo, Castle Rock Granite
Cindy Raby, Cindy Raby Interiors
Patti Williams, The Enchanted Cottage
Nora Johnson, Johnson Manor Interior Design
Jeff Muse & Beth Ketchum, K&N Interior Fabrics
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
Keven 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

The 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:

 “I never get tired of hearing something new in a symphonic work. I love creating something that makes people feel good and connected to the human experience.”

Besides her leadership with the OKCPHIL, Valerie is professor 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.

"The Children Are Playing for solo flute"
by Carl Nielsen


Drum 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!

Free children’s admission is possible thanks to generous support from The Chickasaw Nation, Cresap Family Foundation, and Chuck and Renate Wiggin.
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 and friends.

Enjoy 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.

Members 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.
415 Couch Drive | Oklahoma City, OK 73102 | (405) 236-3100 |
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sunday, January 19, 2020

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.
"Each year 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 Logan Wynn.
A brief description of each work highlights a mix of aesthetics and perspectives by the choreographers.
Keeleigh Everett is a modern dance performance sophomore from Garland, Texas. Her piece titled, Joke No More, is about        the 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 Griffith is 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.
Joni Keaton is a ballet performance and international area studies senior from Rockville, Maryland. Her dance work titled She Was a Planet, delves into 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 Klarck is a ballet performance junior from Collierville, Tennessee. His piece, Salvation, 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 Preskitt is a ballet performance and neurochemistry senior from Denver, CO. Her piece Interitus, stems 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 Rainey is 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, Nocturne, 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 ballet.
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 performed. 
The 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, by calling (405) 325-4101 or by visiting the OU Fine Arts Box Office in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.
For accommodations, please call the box office at (405) 325-4101.