NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s School of Dance will hold auditions Sept. 14 for the Saturday Youth Program. Classes are offered in classical ballet to students ages 10 to 18.
Sessions will be conducted by School of Dance faculty. Registration and auditions will take place at OU’s Fine Arts Center, 563 Elm Ave.
For students ages 10 to 13, registration will begin at 1:15 p.m., with auditions to follow at 2 p.m.
For students ages 14 to 18, registration will begin at 2:45 p.m., with the auditions starting at 3:30 p.m.
Students who are ages 10 to 12 must have a minimum of two years of training and currently be enrolled in at least two dance classes each week at a local school of dance. Students who are 13 to 18 years old must have four years of previous training and be enrolled in at least three weekly dance classes.
For ballet auditions, girls are requested to wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers.
Boys should wear a solid color shirt, black tights or bike shorts and dance shoes. All dancers must have hair neatly secured away from the face.
An audition fee of $15 should be made payable to the University of Oklahoma. All auditioning students must arrive at least half an hour early to fill out registration forms and prepare for the audition class.
The intensive program begins Sept. 20 and concludes Dec. 6. The fall tuition is $140.
For more information, call Mary Margaret Holt, director of the OU School of Dance, at 325-4051.
Upon acceptance and enrollment, students are expected to make a commitment to attend classes regularly, to receive the greatest benefit from classes.
In the past, some advanced students have been chosen to perform in productions with the School of Dance’s Oklahoma Festival Ballet. Many students from the program have also been accepted to summer intensive programs at prestigious dance companies across the country.
The Saturday Youth Program was created more than 20 years ago by Holt as a community outreach effort. Holt will coordinate the program this fall during Instructor Rebecca Herrin’s temporary leave of absence.
“The goal of the Saturday Youth Program is to offer intensive classes to serious students wishing to supplement their training in local studios,” Holt said. “These young dance students find the atmosphere exciting, encouraging and challenging, and they often make remarkable progress during the semester.”
The University of Oklahoma’s program in dance was founded in 1963 by Yvonne Choteau and Miguel Terekhov, former principal dancers with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. What had been a department became the School of Dance in 1998, with Holt as director. Undergraduate and graduate dance majors, along with general education students, total approximately 1,000 enrollees in dance classes per semester. The School of Dance’s state-of-the-art facility in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center was completed in 2005.