Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival

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Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival is a grant funded program, hosted by Perpetual Motion Dance, which allows dancers ages 13 & up throughout the mid west region to study with professional choreographers throughout the month of July culminating in a final performance of several uniquely constructed pieces.

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2019 OCDF Choreographers:

Cassi Craig  is the owner and director of APEX Dance Studio in Edmond. She has been a teacher for 15 years, and has owned and operated APEX Dance Studio for 9 years. She has trained dancers of all levels in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary. Cassi receives the most satisfaction as an instructor and choreographer. Her choreography has won countless awards over the years for both group and solo performances. Cassi loves being a dance instructor and choreographer, able to instill in others the same passion for dance that has so greatly enriched her life.

Cassi Craig is the owner and director of APEX Dance Studio in Edmond. She has been a teacher for 15 years, and has owned and operated APEX Dance Studio for 9 years. She has trained dancers of all levels in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary. Cassi receives the most satisfaction as an instructor and choreographer. Her choreography has won countless awards over the years for both group and solo performances. Cassi loves being a dance instructor and choreographer, able to instill in others the same passion for dance that has so greatly enriched her life.

Devin Hill  is a graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. She has had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as: as Christopher K. Morgan, William “Bill” Evans, Clarence Brooks, Brandon Fink, Hannah Baumgarden, Jeremy Duvall, Gregg Russell, Lachlan McCarthy, and Sami Kropp. She was also a member of the 2015-2016 award winning Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Recently, Devin had the honor of performing along side Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and currently performs and choreographs throughout the DFW and DC metro areas.

Devin Hill is a graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. She has had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as: as Christopher K. Morgan, William “Bill” Evans, Clarence Brooks, Brandon Fink, Hannah Baumgarden, Jeremy Duvall, Gregg Russell, Lachlan McCarthy, and Sami Kropp. She was also a member of the 2015-2016 award winning Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Recently, Devin had the honor of performing along side Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and currently performs and choreographs throughout the DFW and DC metro areas.

Danielle Ricci   Danielle Ricci is an educator, choreographer, director, and dancer. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine, an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and earned an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Throughout California, Texas, and Minnesota she has performed with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Austin Classical Ballet, Austin City Ballet, and Alternative Motion Project. Danielle is the Founding Artistic Director of Borealis Dance- a professional modern dance company based in Minneapolis, and head of the ballet and modern dance programs at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Eagan, MN.

Danielle Ricci

Danielle Ricci is an educator, choreographer, director, and dancer. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from University of California, Irvine, an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and earned an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Throughout California, Texas, and Minnesota she has performed with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Austin Classical Ballet, Austin City Ballet, and Alternative Motion Project. Danielle is the Founding Artistic Director of Borealis Dance- a professional modern dance company based in Minneapolis, and head of the ballet and modern dance programs at Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Eagan, MN.

Riley Daniel  began her training as a dancer with the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy before entering into her college years. She graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was a Kaleidoscope Dance Company member and worked with many guest artists such as Edwin Olvera, Loretta Livingston, and Hannah Baumgarten, just to name a few. Riley attended the American College Dance Festival to train and perform with dancers and teachers from across the nation. Riley joined Perpetual Motion Dance in 2016 and now also teaches aerial for the company.

Riley Daniel began her training as a dancer with the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy before entering into her college years. She graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was a Kaleidoscope Dance Company member and worked with many guest artists such as Edwin Olvera, Loretta Livingston, and Hannah Baumgarten, just to name a few. Riley attended the American College Dance Festival to train and perform with dancers and teachers from across the nation. Riley joined Perpetual Motion Dance in 2016 and now also teaches aerial for the company.

Tonya Kilburn  is the director of Prairie Dance Theatre and is responsible for the direction of PDT's In-School Program, Smart Moves, After-School Program, and PDT Youth Company. Tonya provides arts education throughout Oklahoma and other states as a Roster Teaching Artist for the Oklahoma Arts Council and a Fellow/Dance Specialist with Oklahoma A+ Schools. Tonya serves on the dance advisory panel for Oklahoma Arts Institute, as dance council chair for the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and on various dance/arts education committees. She received a BFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma.

Tonya Kilburn is the director of Prairie Dance Theatre and is responsible for the direction of PDT's In-School Program, Smart Moves, After-School Program, and PDT Youth Company. Tonya provides arts education throughout Oklahoma and other states as a Roster Teaching Artist for the Oklahoma Arts Council and a Fellow/Dance Specialist with Oklahoma A+ Schools. Tonya serves on the dance advisory panel for Oklahoma Arts Institute, as dance council chair for the Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and on various dance/arts education committees. She received a BFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma.

Jessica Fullerton  received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from St. Gregory's University. While attending, Jessica also served as Co-Captain of the SGU Basketball Dancers, Co-Director of the SGU Dance Academy, and was a two time recipient of the Outstanding Choreography Award. Jessica's works have been showcased throughout the OKC area including Jefferson Middle School, Putnam City West Pom, and Belle Isle Enterprise. In 2018 she received choreography honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work with Oklahoma Baptist University's "The Addams Family." She serves as a Junior Sponsor for the Oklahoma Dance Masters Association.

Jessica Fullerton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from St. Gregory's University. While attending, Jessica also served as Co-Captain of the SGU Basketball Dancers, Co-Director of the SGU Dance Academy, and was a two time recipient of the Outstanding Choreography Award. Jessica's works have been showcased throughout the OKC area including Jefferson Middle School, Putnam City West Pom, and Belle Isle Enterprise. In 2018 she received choreography honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her work with Oklahoma Baptist University's "The Addams Family." She serves as a Junior Sponsor for the Oklahoma Dance Masters Association.

Amy Nevius  is currently listed among the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster. She has brought arts education in the form of dance and creative movement to a wide range of populations throughout Oklahoma. She is also currently teaching dance technique classes at Rose State College and Oklahoma Baptist University. Ms. Nevius holds a BA in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a recipient of the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence. As a founding member of Perpetual Motion Dance, Amy enjoys creating and performing challenging new dance works for the concert stage.

Amy Nevius is currently listed among the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster. She has brought arts education in the form of dance and creative movement to a wide range of populations throughout Oklahoma. She is also currently teaching dance technique classes at Rose State College and Oklahoma Baptist University. Ms. Nevius holds a BA in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a recipient of the State Superintendent’s Award for Arts Excellence. As a founding member of Perpetual Motion Dance, Amy enjoys creating and performing challenging new dance works for the concert stage.

Rachel Hendricks  received her B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Oklahoma. She performed in the Kansas Dance Festival, and Young Choreographer’s Showcase. Her accomplishments include: being featured in OU’s Theatre production of On The Verge and the YCS. 3-time All-American Dancer, “the best dancer award”, Houston All-American Jazz Camp; “most innovative choreography award”, National Dance Alliance Competition; a published piano piece Key Tappin featuring her choreography converted to written form, and choreographer for the Off-Broadway production, Te Ata. She is also a pom/dance choreographer for high school and collegiate teams, winning 13 consecutive state championships and two national titles.

Rachel Hendricks received her B.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Oklahoma. She performed in the Kansas Dance Festival, and Young Choreographer’s Showcase. Her accomplishments include: being featured in OU’s Theatre production of On The Verge and the YCS. 3-time All-American Dancer, “the best dancer award”, Houston All-American Jazz Camp; “most innovative choreography award”, National Dance Alliance Competition; a published piano piece Key Tappin featuring her choreography converted to written form, and choreographer for the Off-Broadway production, Te Ata. She is also a pom/dance choreographer for high school and collegiate teams, winning 13 consecutive state championships and two national titles.

Hui Poos  has worked in the industry as a dancer, choreographer, producer, instructor and director in London, Japan, Korea, British Columbia and most of the United States. She has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma for over 15 years and is responsible for creating and developing their growing Jazz Department as well as being Coordinator of Oklahoma's only accredited Dance Education program. Hui co-founded Oklahoma Dance Alliance, OKLA Dance Connection, Groove Street Productions and is the founder and director of Race Dance Company, the first professional Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop Dance Company in Oklahoma.

Hui Poos has worked in the industry as a dancer, choreographer, producer, instructor and director in London, Japan, Korea, British Columbia and most of the United States. She has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma for over 15 years and is responsible for creating and developing their growing Jazz Department as well as being Coordinator of Oklahoma's only accredited Dance Education program. Hui co-founded Oklahoma Dance Alliance, OKLA Dance Connection, Groove Street Productions and is the founder and director of Race Dance Company, the first professional Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop Dance Company in Oklahoma.

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For more information about the 2019 Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, contact perpetualocdf@gmail.com

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