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Oklahoma City University Dance Company Aids Tornado Recovery While Performing in Branson

OKLAHOMA CITY  Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company gave two thrilling performances last week for the College of the Ozarks Department of Theatre near Branson, Mo., but before they finished they gave the community more than gift of dance.

After viewing news reports of the tornado devastation in Branson, dancers and technicians raised more than $300 from dance and arts management students at Oklahoma City University to donate to the Community Foundation of Taney County Tornado Fund.

“The students felt empathy for and kinship with the members of the large entertainment community in Branson and wanted to help,” said John Bedford, dean of OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management.

The American Spirit Dance Company, directed by Jo Rowan, is an ongoing project of the school, which prepares dancers and arts managers for careers in the entertainment industry. Graduates can be found performing in Broadway shows, at Radio City Music Hall, on cruise ships, in Las Vegas shows, in videos and film and in Branson shows. In Branson, graduates have performed with Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Shoji Tabuchi and others.

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