NORMAN — Young dancers participating in the SummerWind Youth Ballet at the University of Oklahoma will perform for the public at 1 p.m. Saturday in Holmberg Hall.
No tickets or reservations are necessary to attend the free performance. Dancers ranging in age from 8 to 18 will demonstrate dance techniques and variations from repertoire learned during a two-week intensive program sponsored by the OU School of Dance.
The 50 participants are from across the state, as well as Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
Besides instruction in ballet, pointe and variations, students are offered daily sessions in jazz, modern, modern improvisation, Flamenco and character dance. The course also includes lectures on injury prevention, stage makeup, nutrition, body science and conditioning.
The SummerWind staff includes OU School of Dance Director Mary Margaret Holt, coordinator Rebecca Herrin and assistant coordinator Charlotte Hart.
OU's dance program was founded in 1963 by Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, former principal dancers with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. What began as a department became a school in 1998, with Holt named as its director.
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