By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company will present its annual “Home for the Holidays” show December 6-9 in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center at N.W. 24th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
The Broadway styled, Christmas extravagance will take place under the direction of Jo Rowan, chairman of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance & Entertainment, founder of the OCU Dance Program, and director and founder of the American Spirit Dance Company. Rowan is a nationally known master ballet teacher and performer.
This year’s performance will feature new kicklines and tap dances from OCU’s nationally recognized dancers and choreographers with the timing and beauty that has made the dance company internationally known.
Preparing for this year’s Christmas spectacular is former Radio City Music Hall assistant choreographer Vincent Sandoval, an artist in residence for the OCU School of Dance & Entertainment. His Rockettes choreography expertise is featured in his work with the program dancers, known as the Starettes.
Regarding Sandoval, Audry Schultz, Starette line captain, said, “He has a great eye for precision and all of the details. So, when we are in rehearsal we get that real-world experience and all the stories from when he worked at Radio City, which is great.”
Another 2018 Starette, Katie Oliver said, “This year’s Christmas show is new and innovative. The kickline has that classical fun, but also includes some Spanish influences and flair that makes it really exciting for us as performers.”
OnStage, a national media outlet covering the performing arts, ranked OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment among the top three dance programs in the nation — ahead of Juilliard — for the second year in a row.
The program has alumni credits in more than 86 Broadway musicals and has produced 49 Radio City Rockettes. PlayBill ranked Oklahoma City University among this year’s Top 10 Most Represented Colleges on Broadway.
OCU’s performance of “Home for the Holidays” has become a yearly tradition for families across the state. Attendees will have a photo opportunity with Santa’s helpers during the show’s intermission. Sweets and merchandise will also be available in the lobby.
No infants are permitted. Lap seating is not allowed and no booster seats will be provided. It is recommended but not required that children be ages 6 and up.
All seats are reserved. Performances include: Thursday, December 6, 8 p.m.; Friday, December 7, 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, December 9, at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the performance are $29.85 and can be purchased at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Center Performing Arts Ticket Office, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Tickets may also be purchased online at okcu.edu/tickets or by calling 405-208-5227. Group pricing is available for parties of eight or more.