The Dancenter News
On February 11, 2012 Danielle Payne was crowned Miss Black Oklahoma University. Dani has been a student at Oklahoma University for 2 years and is a former student of The Dancenter. Among her many talents she studied dance and piano for over 10 years. She is the daughter of Thelma and Rodney Payne and sister to Devin Payne. Her Dancenter family is so very proud of her accomplishments in life. May God be with her through out her travels in life.
The Senior-Teen students participated in the 2010 Ugly Sweater Christmas Party organized by Ryanne Tate. They played "Dirty Santa" along with other games and festivities. The following students were chosen by the staff to be the winners of the "Ugly Sweater Contest" 1st place Tiffany Feese, 2nd place Kristen Privette, and 3rd place Zarah Cobb. Thank you to all that participated and made this a fun event.
The Dancenter competition students attended the Monster's of Hip Hop Convention November 20-21, 2010 in Kansas City, MO. The Monster's faculty brought a wealth of experience, both in performance and teaching. Original Monsters faculty member, Rhapsosy brought a level of creativity, not to mention humor, that is rivaled by few. In addition to running her own company, Rhapsody: The Company, she has choreographed for artists like Beyonce, Cassie & Jay Sean. Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo have taken the industry by storm from thier work with SYTYCD & Jennifer Lopez to directing the Jabbawockeez 'Las Vegas show MUS.I.C. Tabitha & Napoleon have also taught with Monsters from the beginning. Marty Kudelka's resume reads like a who's who in the entertainment industry having worked with Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and countless others. Speacial guest faculty David Moore joined the Monsters family by choreographing for, and in 2010, co-directing the Monsters LA Show. He has also worked with artisits such as Sean Kingston, Busta Rhymes, Hannah Montana, and served as a judge and choreographer on SYTYCD in Germany and the Ukraine. From Monsters Next Generation, 2006 Show Alumni Lyle Beniga. Lyle has worked with Missy Elliot, Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Ashley Tisdale & Hilary Duff. He also had the opportunity to perform on the Michael Jackson tribute during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The students were challenged and came away with new styles of hip hop and lots of career information for the future. Saturday evening we all attended the Club Stylz show in the main ballroom. The "Boom Crew" (Zarah Cobb, Tiffany Feese, Randi Mattox, Austin Nieves, Devin Payne, Ryanne Tate, Ronnie & Zachary Treadway) performed a Hip Hop number. Austin Nieves also performed his solo. When it was time for the evening Battles one of our dads Ray Lujan father of Max Lujan won the "Parent Battle" and walked away with a Convention Scholarship for son Max. Ray did an outstanding job of showing us some old style Hip Hop. Sir Dymond Taylor took 3rd Place in the" Intermediate level Battle" and he also brought home a Convention Scholarshipp. All and all it was another fantastic adventure and we look forward to doing it again next year. Slide Show to follow.
The Dancenter will be having a day camp during Christmas Break for those who still have to work and need a warm safe place for their child. Space is limited so register now so we can save you a place. You will need to bring a sack lunch and we will supply the snacks, drinks and art supplies.
Monday December 27th thru Thursday December 30th.
Monday January 3rd & 4th.
Hours: 7am to 5pm
Fee: $25 daily (Bring a sack lunch) Camp fees are due up front on the first day of camp.
Need a day to shop if you call in advance we can take drop ins.
Drop In Rate: 1/2 day $20 Full day $30
Skylah Graham 11 years old use to dance competitively with the Dancenter. Three years ago her family moved to the Houston, Texas area and she came back to visit with the Hall family. Skylah traveled with us to the Monster's of Hip Hop convention last weekend in Kansas City, MO. This young lady has to be one of the sweetest and most polite children on earth. She was enjoyed by staff, parents and friends. We miss her and hope someday she will return to The Dancenter.
Some of The Dancenter students and parents offered their time to help with remodeling one of our classrooms. Following a scheduled competition rehearsal Ali Shive and Melissa Hall served the students hot dogs. Alyzabeth Barbalace, Madison Hall, Austin Nieves, Ronnie & Zachary Treadway along with Tanner Nieves removed 1050 sq ft of floor. Dads John Nicholson & Kenneth Burnett helped with the sprung floor and storage. The remodel will be finished by the time classes resume from our Thanksgiving break. The classroom remodel was to give more space to our growing Zumba Fitness classes that meets 4 times a week.
Seventeen of our Dancenter families traveled to Branson, MO this past weekend. Showstoppers has been one of our favorite conventions & competitions for many years. This year we had classes with Mary Ann Lamb dance star of 16 Broadway Shows. She was absolutely amazing. Miss Amanda was seen on the floor learning the dances with the Advanced students. Someone new to us this year was Keltie Colleen a former Rockette, NBA dancer and Disney movie Enchanted. She was a fresh new face with lots of information for dancers getting ready to enter the professional world of dance. She too was amazing and had a personality to match. Trina Simon, Radio City Rockette, Broadway dance Choreographer was a wonderful treat for our girls. She had the most amazing legs that went on forever. And last but not least the ever so handsome Geo Hubela, International dance star, America's Best Dance Crew and MTV host carried the weekend with multiple classes due to the fact that our Queen of Hip Hop Miss Dena Rizzo became ill with the flu. Doing what he does best he taught amazing routines to the Jr's & Sr's. Miss Lori even participated in his class along with Miss Amanda. They were ready and eagar to dance with the kids. It was a relaxing and fun filled weekend.
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Dancenter students performed at the annual KOMA FAMJAM at RiverWind Casino. Instructor Cameron Graham performed to Michael Jackson representing the 1970's, Austin Nieves, Ronnie & Zachary Treadway along with Rocko Gentry did Break dancing representing the 1980's and Zarah Cobb, Tiffany Feese, Randi Mattox, Devin Payne and Ryanne Tate represended the 1990's with a Hip Hop number. Dancenter family and friends enjoyed the evening with Ronnie Kaye and all his friends from KOMA.
Lori Treadway traveled to New York City this summer with 9 students, 1 instructor, and 2 mothers to attend The Pulse National Convention. They rented an apartment for their 8 day trip and attended numerous dance classes at The Pulse, Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance. On their off days they toured 3 city college campus seeking information for our graduating seniors. Austin Nieves attended on scholarship and along with Ronnie Treadway they both performed in the Intensive Performance. The Dancenter's Boom Crew (Zarah Cobb, Tiffany Feese, Devin Payne, Ryanne Tate, Randi Mattox, Austin Nieves, Ronnie Treadway & Zachary Treadway) performed in The Pulse Gala. They enjoyed a lot of site seeing, an 80's Broadway Play and shopping. They returned all pumped and ready for a new dance season at The Dancenter.
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Sommer Fisher Samilton gave birth to twin girls on Wednesday, November 2nd. With mom Sharon by her side the twins arrived beautiful and healthy. Bryleigh and Brenlynn are home now and doing well.