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Footloose, Frankenstein and Fedoras: OCU Spring Show Celebrates American Dance

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University’s internationally renowned American Spirit Dance Company will cut loose with 24 rapid-fire tap, jazz and musical theatre dances in its annual Spring Show from March 13 to 15 at OCU’s Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.

From hits like “Footloose” and “Movin’ Out” to a monster musical number to emotional, lyrical pieces, Director Jo Rowan explains the show features something for everyone. Rowan’s poignant “Letter to Sarah,” taken from the famous letter written by Union officer Sullivan Ballou during the Civil War, honors the sacrifices made by soldiers in battle.

Broadway choreographer and OCU professor Brian J. Marcum brings Frankenstein to life, along with mummies werewolves, skeletons and the Bride of Frankenstein in “Transylvania Mania.” Company Manager Carla Richard said a spectacular array of moving lights and black lights will accentuate this crowd pleaser. Another of Marcum’s dances, “West Side Story Medley,” incorporates every melody from the musical and features the dynamic men of the dance company.

This year’s show also includes a taste of hip hop with Beyonce’s “End of Time.” Another high-energy dance, “The Hunt,” puts dancers – and the audience – on their toes with a unique sound enhanced by microphoned tap boards.

“It’s like listening to an orchestra of the feet,” Rowan said.

The 140-member American Spirit Dance Company has been a seed bed for professional performers all over the world. Nearly 50 former members have become Radio City Rockettes.

Show times are 8 p.m. March 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 15.  Tickets are $20 and all seats are reserved. To purchase tickets, call (405) 208-5227 from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.okcu.edu/ticketoffice.