College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO To Host High School Dance Festival Featuring The Kaleidoscope Dancers

October 28, 2011

The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Dance will host more than 200 high school students for dance classes, workshops and performances during its High School Dance Festival Nov. 3-5 on the Central campus, with special showcase performances featuring the UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Mitchell Hall Theater.             

"We are incredibly excited to host this unique event!  This is the only high school dance festival in the state and it provides students with the opportunity to learn new dance styles and meet other dancers from across Oklahoma," said Tina Kambour, assistant chair of the UCO Department of Dance.           

Participating high schools include Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Harding Fine Arts Academy, John Marshall High School, Norman North High School, U.S. Grant High School, Capitol Hill High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School, Tulsa Central Fine and Performing Arts High School and Millwood High School.           

In addition to taking dance classes from UCO faculty, alumni and visiting guest artists, eight of the participating high schools will have the opportunity to join the UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company in the showcase performances at UCO's Mitchell Hall Theater.           

Dancers from Putnam City North, Capitol Hill, U.S. Grant, Norman North and Southeast high schools will perform with the company Nov. 4, while students from Classen School of Advanced Studies, Harding Fine Arts Academy and Bishop McGuiness High School will perform with the company Nov. 5.           

The Kaleidoscope Dancers will perform a concert for the high school dancers and community on Nov. 3. The performance will feature choreography by various UCO dance faculty members and visiting artists as well as live music by Kyle Dillingham, world-renowned fiddle player and UCO ambassador in residence, and David Forbat, head of the UCO Keyboard Studies Division.           

Central art students are also getting involved in the festival, using their skills to custom paint shoes that will be for sale prior to the evening performances.           

Tickets to the concert are $14 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, UCO faculty and staff and non-UCO students and $4 for UCO students.           

For more information about the festival or the UCO Department of Dance, call (405) 974-5231 or visit www.uco.edu/cfad/academics/dance.