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Dance School Brings Special Guests for Summer Intensives
The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University is offering back-to-back dance intensives this summer for high school students and a special intensive for teachers. Both student intensives are for ages 15 to 18. Registration deadline for all of the learning intensives is June 12. “Once again we’re bringing world-class instructors to help teach future world-class dancers,” said Jennifer Polvado, coordinator for special projects at the dance school. “The students will learn professional skills while having fun.” A course for the entertainment industry will be July 7-18 with special guest instructor Rhonda Miller. The program is for students who are interested in the vast world of entertainment dance. The 10-day intensive is packed with more than 70 hours of classes and rehearsals focusing on multiple dance techniques used in the entertainment industry including musical theater, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, pointe, triple threat and others. The intensive will culminate with a showcase performance for parents and friends on July 18. Participants will also enjoy a tour of the OCU campus, extracurricular activities and a trip to see “The Music Man” at the Civic Center Music Hall. Classes are taught by Miller along with OCU’s nationally recognized faculty. Miller’s inventive use of props and choreography with children and adults has been featured in commercials, industrials, videos and on stage for such Fortune 500 companies as Chrysler, Warner Brothers, Toys ‘R Us and Exxon Corporation. One of the original founders and co-owners of L.A. Danceforce Conventions, Encore Performing Arts Showcase and The Edge, Miller has spent the past several years choreographing, staging and directing in all areas of the entertainment industry. Her knowledge of dance styles has resulted in numerous collaborations, an induction into the Oklahoma City University Hall of Honor and made her one of the most sought-after choreographers at dance events throughout the U.S. An intensive in American dance will be July 19-25 with special guests David Howard and Steven Mitchell. The six-day intensive is packed with more than 40 hours of classes including jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, triple threat and more. Participants will also enjoy a tour of the OCU campus and extracurricular activities. Howard is an international master teacher who celebrated his 40th year of teaching in America in 2006. Born and educated in England, Howard was trained at the Cone-Ripman School, which is now the Arts Educational School, in London. He completed the RAD Syllabus and at age 16 was awarded the Adeline Genee Medal, the highest honor a British dance student can receive. Mitchell has been a celebrated figure in dance accompaniment in New York City since 1992. He has worked with several recognized dance organizations — American Ballet Theater, Ballet Academy East, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and the Jose Limon Dance Company. In addition, he accompanied for Jacques D’Amboise and the National Dance Institute. Mitchell has lectured to dance teachers around the world in conjunction with David Howard teaching seminars. The OCU dance school is offering a summer dance intensive experience for teachers that will coincide with the Learning Intensive in American Dance. Guest instructors include Howard, Mitchell and Travis Warford. This program is for teachers ages 18 and older. It is packed with more than 40 hours of classes including jazz, tap and ballet class observations, jazz pedagogy, tap pedagogy, ballet principles, music for dance classes, dance health, injury prevention, teacher round table discussions and more. The classes have been created to enhance teachers’ knowledge, skills and personal development. Teachers will also enjoy a tour of the OCU campus and extracurricular activities. Tuition to the Dance Intensive for the Entertainment Industry is $1,285, the Learning Intensive in American Dance is $810 and the Teaching Explorations in American Dance is $440. A registration form is available online at under the “Upcoming Workshops” link. For more information, e-mail or call (405) 208-5644.