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UCO To Host First High School Dance Festival Featuring The Kaleidoscope Dancers

Oct. 25, 2010kaleidoscope dancers

The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Dance will host more than 180 high school students plus their teachers for two days of classes, workshops and performances during its first Oklahoma High School Dance Festival Nov. 5-6 on Central's campus.

"Our primary goal is to provide opportunities for young dancers to come and take a variety of classes from our instructors and alumni, meet other students and showcase their programs by performing with the UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers in concert," said Jamie Jacobson, executive director of the Central's Department of Dance.

The participating high schools include Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Harding Fine Arts Academy, John Marshall High School, Luther High School, Norman High School, Norman North High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School and U.S. Grant High School.

In addition to taking classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, flamenco and aerial dance from Central faculty and alumni, six of the participating high schools will have the opportunity to join the UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers Company in performance.
 
Dancers from Southwest, Norman North and Norman high schools will perform with Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, while students from Harding Fine Arts Academy, Bishop McGuiness and John Marshall high schools will perform with Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 6.

"There are so many dance programs in and around Oklahoma City that we really believe that the audience will be 'wowed' by the talent and the variety that they see during this concert," said Jacobson.

Two professional dance companies, Perpetual Motion and r.a.c.e. (radical application of creative energy), the first professional jazz dance company in Oklahoma, will also join Kaleidoscope on stage.

In addition, the festival will also include instructional workshops for high school dance teachers on the state mandates and portfolio requirements for Central's Dance Education degree with K-12 licensure. The degree is the only one of its kind offered in Oklahoma.

"The teachers get to learn what is required and in turn our dance majors get the opportunity to meet high school dance directors, interact with their dancers and observe these programs first hand," said Jacobson.

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

Tickets to the concert are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-UCO students and $4 for UCO students.  To reserve tickets, call the box office at (405) 974-3375.  Reservations are recommended, as the performances are anticipated to sell out.

For more information on the festival, call (405) 974-5231 or e-mail Jacobson at www.jjacobson@uco.edu.