OU School of Dance announces auditions for youth program  

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The University of Oklahoma School of Dance Saturday Youth Program will be from Sept. 7 through Nov. 16. Auditions for intensive master class series will be Sunday.

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The University of Oklahoma School of Dance will host auditions Sunday for its annual Saturday Youth Program.

The intensive master class series offers dance classes in classical ballet and modern dance to students ages 10-18, taught by School of Dance faculty. The program will begin Sept. 7 and conclude Nov. 16. The fall semester tuition is $190 per division.

The OU School of Dance Saturday Youth Program provides additional study for young dancers who are currently training in modern and/or ballet technique. Class sizes are purposefully limited, enabling OU School of Dance faculty to provide caring and focused instruction for all participants. The Saturday Youth Program will utilize the OU School of Dance's state-of-the-art dance facilities on the Norman campus.

The Saturday Youth Program was created over 20 years ago as a community outreach effort by Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts​.

In past years, select advanced students have been chosen to perform in several Oklahoma Festival Ballet productions presented by the School of Dance. Many students from the Saturday Youth Program have also been accepted to summer intensive programs at prestigious dance companies across the country.

OU School of Dance Youth Program Coordinator Rebecca Herrin feels the program is a wonderful training opportunity for dedicated dance students.

"We find that students enrolled in the Saturday Youth Class demonstrate notable progress due to the opportunity to supplement their local classes by working with other dedicated young dancers in an atmosphere that is disciplined, challenging and exciting," Herrin said.

For more information, including audition details and pre-registration, visit ​dance.ou.edu/community/youth-programs​, contact the OU School of Dance office at 325-4051 or email Rebecca Herrin at ​rherrin@ou.edu​.

Originally founded in 1963 by former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo principal dancers Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, the OU School of Dance is home to one of the leading programs in the nation for training in ballet and modern techniques.

​Undergraduate and graduate dance majors, along with general education students, total about 1,000 enrollees in dance classes per semester, which are in the school's state-of-the-art facilities in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center.

The School of Dance boasts​ two active performing companies, Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, both of which perform works from the national repertoire as well as a variety of original works.

​In July 2017, the School of Dance welcomed Michael Bearden as the school's third director in the program's 54-year history.​ The School of Dance is part of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts under Dean Mary Margaret Holt. For more information, visit dance.ou.edu.

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