OKLAHOMA CITY Ė Local dancers who want to improve their ballet technique can enroll in summer classes at Oklahoma City University with legendary dance teacher Jo Rowan and instructor Kay Sandel.
The classes, offered through OCUís Community Dance Center, are open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors; college students and adults. Classes will meet from noon to 1:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday from May 15 to June 20.
Rowan serves as chair of the dance department at OCUís Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. She is a nationally known master ballet teacher and performer. Rowan was trained at the school of American Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet Moscow and holds a degree in fashion design and dance from the University of Cincinnati. She has performed with the Cincinnati Ballet, Dallas Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Dallas Opera, the Philadelphia Opera, the Tulsa Opera, Cincinnati Opera and as a soloist at Radio City Music Hall. Rowan has received Dance Teacher magazineís National Dance Teacher of the Year Award and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the prestigious Flo-Bert Award and the National Dance masters of America Presidentís Award.
Sandel has taught ballet at OCU for 15 years. She has danced professionally with Ruth Page International Ballet of Chicago, Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet and Ballet Oklahoma.
Cost is $220 and a basic background in ballet is required. Students must enroll by May 2 through the OCU Performing Arts Ticket Office between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at (405) 208-5227.