The Dancenter News
Dancer of the Year 2018
Congratulations to Jazmine Jones, our 2018 Dancer of the Year. Jazmine attends Westmoore High School and is a student teacher, teaching hip hop and jazz at The Dancenter. Congratulations Jazmine!
Dancenter Alum to Compete at the University of Illinois
Dancenter Alumni Zachary Treadway is slated to compete as a red shirt freshman at the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on the Men's Gymnastics Team. Zachary is an all-around gymnast and is looking forward to a great season at UIUC. He will be coached by Olympic medalist Justin Spring and former NCAA Champion Daniel Ribiero.
What a wonderful three weeks of dance conventions and travels we have had at The Dancenter! First we had our annual trip to Denver, Colorado for the Monsters of Hip Hop Convention. Students had a great time taking from some of the industry's top hip hop teachers and choreographers. Senior Team members Ava & Payton were called out to assist some of the choreographers with classes. Senior Hip Hop Team performed Sweat in the Saturday night Monsters Showcase to rave reviews. Next we traveled to Dallas for The Showstopper Dance Convention at the Great Wolfe Lodge in Grapevine. Showstopper's classes this year were outstanding. Students took classes with a lot of very talented instructors, including FikShun, winner of So You Think You Can Dance. Students Jordyn Mullings, Kylee Shive and Zachary Treadway were all singled out as demonstrators in addition to instructor Austin Nieves, who also performed in the Faculty Showcase on Saturday evening. Next, we again traveled to the Big D for The Pulse on Tour Dance Convention. Senior Team Members performed A contemporary routine (Breath of Life) and a Hip Hop routine (Sweat), as well as duets by Ava & Zach and Kylee & Zach, and solos by Alyzabeth, Ava & Kylee. Teen Team members Alivia & Camryn were called out in class in addition to faculty member Austin Nieves. Austin & Zach performed in the Pulse Showcase Fashion Show representing Dave Scott & Urban Empire. Many scholarships were handed out to numerous students over these past few weekends. Congratulations to all of dancers and winners for a job well done!
Alivia (Teen Team) - Pulse Leadership Scholarship
Austin Nieves - Pulse Summer Intensive Scholrship
Ava (Senior Team) - Pulse Chorepgraphers Choice Award for Chorepgraphy & Summer NYC Scholarship
MacKynzie (Senior Team) - Pulse Convention Scholarship
Payton (Senior Team) - Monsters of Hip Hop Nationals Scholarship
Wonderful performances given by dancers Makaila Branam, Alivia Campbell, Masami Carpenter, Ava Conceicao, Lauren Nicholson, Austin Nieves, Keelie Romo, Payton Sanderson, Kylee Shive, Zachary Treadway & Camryn Williams, performing "Run the World" and "Sweat". Solos were also performed by Austin, Ava & Camryn.
Team Dancenter is celebrating a big win from the Outlet Shoppes of Oklahoma CIty's "Something to Dance About" Competition which was held Saturday, Spetember 27, 2014. The group, made up of dancers Makaila Branam, Ava Concecao, Lauren Nicholson, Austin Nieves, Payton Sanderson, Kylee Shive and Zachary Treadway, performed the routine "Sweat" winning the Judges Choice Award and a total of $700.
Congratulations to Dancenter Alumni Kristen Privette for being named Co-Captain of the University of Oklahoma Pom Team. Kristen began her dance career at The Dancenter at age 3 and was an active competitive student, studying multiple styles of dance. She is a Senior at the University of Oklahoma.
Monday, June 30 we kicked off our Summer Season with KFOR/Freedom 43 news reporter Ashley Kringen. Ashley joined us bright and early that morning for classes in contemporary and hip hop. Tons of fun was had by all. Great job dancers!
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Congratulations to Dancenter alum Brooke Keasler and instructor Jordan Eason on their engagement! The surprise proposal took place at the OK/LA dance Competition on April 18 at the Reynold's Theater. The Bride-to-Be was surprised and the ring is beautiful. Yes, fellas - you're out of luck, he put a ring on it!
Our Senior Team had a great time taking classes and performing in NYC this summer. Students attended classes at The Pulse National Convention, as well as Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey. They also performed a hip hop character routine to "Bang Bang" from the movie The Great Gatsby and watched a performance from the Martha Graham Company at Central Park's SummerStage. Faculty member Austin Nieves performed in a Pulse Intensive Piece chorepgraphed by Newsie's choreographer Richard Hinds. Watch the video of his performance!
While in NYC's Grand Central Station several of our dancers were approached by photographer Richard Renaldi to be part of a shoot for his upcoming book "Touching Strangers", where he takes complete strangers and puts them together for photos as if they are close friends or family. The girls were also interviewed by CBS news and they story featured their photo. Very fun experience!!!
We apologize!!! It's true! We got a little bit lax with the news updates last season. That will be changing this season. We will be updating more frequently. A few things we missed - the birth of the beautiful & charming Jackson Wilkinson, son of Miss Amanda; a ton of really outstanding student scholarships, achievements & awards. But, if you would like to catch up please go to the following YouTube link & give us a look. ;)
At 12:31pm today Jordan Reid Hughes weighed in at 5 lbs 11 oz and measured 19 inches. Proud parents Jordan and Stacy Hughes along with his grandparents welcomed him to the family. As Nana Sandy put it "as tragic as this day in history is, today it has a new meaning for me: the day my grandson was born". Thank you Jordan Reid for giving all of us something wonderful to celebrate on this day. Welcome young man.
Ronnie Treadway last week received notification that he had been awarded with a scholarship from the Monster's on the Move Foundation. Ronnie's scholarship will take him to Hollywood California to study with Lisette Bustamante and Chonique. Thank you to Andy Funk and all his crew for all the wonderful things they do for dancers.
Another Dancenter student graces us with honor. 1st runner-up for the Miss Black Teen of Oklahoma, Kelsey Simmons is a student at Moore High School and has studied with the Dancenter for 4 years. Congratulations Kelsey we are so very proud of you.
Dani Payne has gone and done it again. Representing the University of Oklahoma Dani was crowned MissBlack Oklahoma on September 11, 2012. Dani is a senior at the University of Oklahoma and is a member of Ka-pp-a P-s-i. Congratulations to Dani and thank you to Rodney and Thelma Payne for allowing Dani to be apart of our Dancenter family.