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The Power of Movement

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People with Parkinson’s disease benefit physically from dance and other forms of movement, which is why retired music teacher John Gerber enrolled in the Dance for Parkinson’s class at the University of Oklahoma. He soon began to reap both emotional and social benefits. “You can be creative and you are inspired,” he says. “ are fun to be around. I...

Breaking It Down

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In the early 1970s, black and Latinx youth were influenced by a variety of sources – like gymnastics and martial arts – to create a dance known as ‘b-boying’ or ‘breaking.’ The dance that was once a way for rival gangs to fight for turf in New York eventually made its way into the mainstream and is now...

Gangland Dancers

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Tulsa Ballet brings 1950s Chicago to Oklahoma in a performance where women rule, mafioso style. The renowned dance company presents Vendetta at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center from March 26 to 29. The work depicts Rosalia Carbone’s tragic wedding day, when a long-standing grudge between rival mob families explodes, says Bethany Kirby, the ballet’s marketing manager. The godfather, feared patriarch...

The Heat Rises

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Fans of contemporary dance don’t need to travel far this summer to enjoy the art form because the Summer Heat International Dance Festival returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The July 25-29 event presents three lauded dance companies making their Oklahoma debuts, with all programming presented by Tulsa’s Choregus Productions. Ken Tracy, executive director of Choregus, says that to...

Perchance to Dance

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The OKC Ballet debuts Visionaries: A Triple Bill at the Civic Center Music Hall with a focus on Robert Joffrey’s Pas de Deesses, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments and the choreography of Cayetano Soto Ramirez. Performances are at 8 p.m. April 19 and 2 and 8 p.m. April 20. Visit okcballet.org for tickets. Tulsa Ballet presents TBII: Next Generation, a...