The University of Oklahoma School of Dance welcomes you to our 2020-2021 season of exciting performances, guest artists in residence, workshops, auditions and special events.

We hope you will join us at one of this season's spectacular performances or delightful special events!

We are taking precautions to protect the health and safety of audience members, musicians, cast, and crew at all times in our theatres and concert halls. There will be limited in-person seating per CDC guidelines and OU policies. For patrons attending a performance, masks are required in all indoor spaces and outside when social distancing is not possible. Please be aware that information will be updated as changes occur.

For performance tickets, contact the box office at 405-325-4101, Monday through Friday 11:30am to 5:30pm.  Or starting 1 hour before show time.

Tickets may also be purchased online here.

Young Choreographers' Showcase on-demand will be available February 12 - April 9.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet on-demand will be available April 16 - June 4.

On-Demand available here.


Five exceptional dances comprise this year’s production, including excerpts from Gerald Arpino’s Reflections and Viva Vivaldi; an expanded Thousand Cranes by Boyko Dossev, and Mary Margaret Holt’s Sphinx. Rounding out the program are two premieres by Michael Bearden and guest choreographer Mariana Oliveira.

Mariana Oliveira, guest choreographer
Choreography by Gerald Arpino, Michael Bearden, Boyko Dossev and Mary Margaret Holt

8 p.m. April 8, 9, 10
3 p.m. April 11
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre
In-person tickets on sale– March 25
This production is suitable for all audiences.

Past Performances

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Young Choreographers’ Showcase presents a perennial favorite production featuring exciting, original choreography by School of Dance students selected and arranged in two completely separate programs for the first time in the history of this production. Showcasing dance works from the entire spectrum of movement styles, with lighting design by students from the Helmerich School of Drama. Young Choreographers’ Showcase is an evening of inspirational dance entertainment. We suggest you plan to see both programs!

8 p.m. Feb. 4, 5, 6
3 p.m. Feb. 7
Reynolds Performing Arts Center
In-person tickets on sale– Jan. 18
This production is suitable for all audiences.


8 p.m. October 30, 31
3 p.m. November 1
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

University Theatre and School of Dance welcomes guest choreographer Claude Alexander III,
with School of Dance faculty choreographers Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst as they create one amazing program of modern and contemporary dance!

Watch On Demand, Click Here!

An entire evening of choreographic premieres you must see!


8 p.m. Jan. 23, 24, 25
3 p.m. Jan. 26
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Young Choreographers’ Showcase presents youthful imagination and energy with exciting results. Graduate and undergraduate student choreographers whose work has been selected by adjudication create a program of dance styles that cover the entire spectrum of theatrical dance today. With inspiration and collaboration from Helmerich School of Drama student designers, these talented choreographers courageously take their work to the stage and share their creativity with our audiences.

Oklahoma Festival Ballet will enchant audiences
with Tchaikovsky’s beloved fairy tale ballet, a holiday favorite!


Choreographed by Willam Christensen
Directed by Michael Bearden

8 p.m. Nov. 22, 24, Dec. 5, 6, 7
3 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 7, 8
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Once every four years, this magical ballet is brought to the stage by the Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Tchaikovsky’s magical score tells the story of Clara, who receives a nutcracker doll during the family’s Christmas Eve celebration. She dreams of a Nutcracker Prince, his fierce battle against the Mouse King and their voyage to the Land of Sweets and the Kingdom of the Sugarplum Fairy. From near and far, characters come to entertain her. Soon the adventure fades away and Clara awakes in her living room wondering if it was all a dream.

The School of Dance at OU is honored to present the first American full-length version of this timeless classic. The first performance was in 1944 by the San Francisco Ballet, choreographed by its artistic director and Balanchine student, Willam Christensen. Elegant, expansive and brimming with faultless mastery of technique, this ballet is a must-see production. Young dancers from Norman and the OKC metro area will comprise the children’s cast for this historic production.

SummerDance! 2019

June 28 & 29, 2019 
Reynolds Performing Arts Center, Holmberg Hall

An exhilarating dance performance featuring the OU School of Dance Summer Intensive!


Contemporary Dance Oklahoma

April 5-7 & 12-14, 2019 
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma pays homage to one of the pioneers of modern dance, Merce Cunningham, by celebrating the anniversary of this legend’s 100th birthday with a performance of one of his classic works, How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run. In addition, Austin Hartel’s On the Rim returns to the stage in a remounted version. The work, set to Ferde Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite, carries the viewer through an awe-inspiring day in the Grand Canyon. This richly diverse program also includes new works by School of Dance faculty members, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst. There will be something for everyone in this highly expressive production by Contemporary Dance Oklahoma.

CDO 2019