NORMAN — SummerWind Youth Ballet is a two-week intensive program in dance, hosted and staffed by OU’s School of Dance (SOD) and culminating in a performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in historic Holmberg Hall in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center.
Neither tickets nor reservations are necessary and the general public is welcome to attend for free. The program will include demonstrations of dance technique and variations from repertory learned during the visit to campus.
Ranging in age from eleven to eighteen, the 50 current attendees have come from throughout Oklahoma and from such states as Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. Activities are stimulating in classes from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., with an hour for lunch, and lectures most evenings.
In addition to instruction in ballet, pointe and variations, students are offered sessions in jazz and modern, modern improvisation, Flamenco and character dance, along with information on Yoga and Pilates body conditioning.
Lectures encompass such topics as injury prevention, stage makeup, Belly dance, Native American exhibition, body science and dancer nutrition.
Rebecca Herrin, SOD faculty member who coordinates SummerWind Youth Ballet, observed: “It is such fun to watch these young dancers from throughout the region develop their understanding of ballet technique and artistry during their time with us on the OU campus.”