Performances

The University of Oklahoma School of Dance welcomes you to our 2019-2020 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!

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.


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

THE NUTCRACKER

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.


An entire evening of choreographic premieres you must see!

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE

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.


Two guests, three residents, one amazing program!

CONTEMPORARY DANCE OKLAHOMA

Guest Choreography by Gus Solomons, Jr. and Tommie-Waheed Evans
with School of Dance faculty Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst

8 p.m. April 24, 25, 30, May 1
3 p.m. April 26, May 2
Reynolds Performing Arts Center

Contemporary Dance Oklahoma is pleased to welcome guest choreographer and Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Gus Solomons, Jr. to present his work, Bothy Breed, as part of the 2020 Main Stage production. Solomons created this charming work at NYU Tisch in 2006 and is pleased to share it with the OU School of Dance. The production also will feature a visually stunning work remounted by Philadelphia-based choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans titled Near Light. Rounding out the program will be new and restaged works by School of Dance faculty members Austin Hartel, Leslie Kraus and Roxanne Lyst.


Past Performances

Invisible Text

SummerDance! 2019

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

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

SummerDance2018


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


Young Choreographers' Showcase

January 24-27, 2019
Reynolds Performing Arts Center (Holmberg Hall)

Young Choreographers’ Showcase highlights a variety of innovative works choreographed by School of Dance students. Specially selected for this production, these dance works feature a wide array of movement styles and incorporate lighting design by students from the Helmerich School of Drama. Young Choreographers’ Showcase is an imaginatively creative collaboration and an annual favorite guaranteed to entertain.

YCS 2019

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Oklahoma Festival Ballet

September 21, 23, 27-28, & 30, 2018 
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Maya Angelou’s modern day classic, And Still I Rise. Join us as we celebrate this powerful work of literature with a world premiere by New York City-based choreographer, Amy Hall Garner. This diverse production will also feature the return of George Balanchine’s stunning Concerto Barocco to the company’s repertoire in addition to Nilas Martins’ Les Noces. Rounding out the program will be the Oklahoma premiere of internationally renowned choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split. Experience the resilience and power of the human spirit through the art of dance with Oklahoma Festival Ballet. 

OFB 2018