We, the founders of Central Oklahoma Dance Company are inspired by the performing arts, the enthusiasm of artists, patrons, students and benefactors who have a passion for art are the lifeblood of any thriving community. Dance in particular holds a special magic and witnessing firsthand the beauty, elegance and artistry of ballet and contemporary dance forms can become a truly magical and transformative gift for those who watch and the disciplines participants. For many dancers the beauty of the art alone is sometimes not enough to sustain its practice and dancers and would be dancers are thus subject to a variety of pitfalls such as lack of diversity, emotional and psychological fatigue, and for many simply affording to take a class can slowly chip away at a dream.
We at Central Oklahoma Ballet Company decided to dream for them and want to make dance an accessible, regenerative and viable endeavor for artists from any background. Central Oklahoma Dance Company will be a fully functional ballet and dance arts school, performance company and educational center dedicated to providing an inclusive, well-rounded and high-quality dance education and performance experience where truly anyone can discover (or rediscover) the joy of performance and arts education. CODC will soon find its new home in Norman, Oklahoma with its grand opening in the Winter of 2020. We want to inspire children and adults from all walks of life in and around the central Oklahoma area to pursue dance as both an art form, a fun and creative fitness activity, and a way to create community and a sense of harmony and healing, and we fully believe in the power of dance to build bridges. Furthermore we want to create an vibrant, creative, diverse and self-sustaining professional ballet company for the Central Oklahoma community at large.
HOW YOU CAN HELP?
We have a need for approximately 3500 sq/ft space located in Norman, Oklahoma off and will equip our new home with state of the art dance flooring and the best materials to equip our students and artists to train like their best.
Our initial startup goal of $58,000 will help us purchase the necessities to help us toward our July 2019 launch date for our first Summer Dance Intensive. We are fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts sponsorship program, which makes your donation tax deductible*.
The first 20 donors will receive a special invitation to “One Enchanted Evening” our Fall 2020 Winter Fundraising preview and our first 10 donations of $1000 or more will receive free tickets to the Central Oklahoma Ballet Theatre’s debut performance as well as 5 free adult ballet classes at Central Oklahoma Ballet Academy.
If you believe that people deserve the right to dance and see their creative talents and visions manifested regardless of class, race, gender, religion or nationality we implore you to invest in the future of Central Oklahoma Dance to build a inclusive dance academy that nurtures the community and brings joy to all.
Artistic Director Dr. Sterlin Mosley, a professor of Human Relations at the University of Oklahoma and one of Central Oklahoma Dance Company’s founders and began his dance career at 32 years old and learned firsthand the trials and tribulations of pursuing dance education and performance “against all odds”. After only four years and patchworking a proper classical dance education by auditing classes at the University of Oklahoma, adult dance workshops in New York City with renowned teachers like Finis Jhung and at the Joffrey School and primarily training at The Oklahoma City Ballet and Julia’s Academy of Dance he developed his artistry, technique and passion for dance. However as his passion for ballet grew so did his awareness of the various cultural, emotional, psychological and diversity centered problems that haunt the world of professional dance and dance training. As a professor of Human Relations and trained mental health counselor he knew that the dance world could do better. He vowed one day to create an inclusive, healthy and creative space for aspiring dancers to receive an exemplary well-rounded education regardless of things like socioeconomic status, race, gender, and sexuality and have the psychological and emotional resilience and awareness necessary to thrive in the world of dance (and the world at large). With that dream Sterlin and his best friend, business partner, and organizational wizard Aaron Addonizio partnered with Catie Tramel, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Dance program and exemplary teacher and artist and realized the three of them shared in a convergent vision to create a ballet school and dance company that redefines the ballet for a new, more inclusive and progressive age. , With a dream to make ballet and contemporary dance accessible to audiences and students who may otherwise not have access to elite dance training, and what better place than the center of the country: Norman, Oklahoma.
WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES
Clicking the “Donate” button will take you to our donation page at Fractured Atlas*.
*Central Oklahoma Dance Company is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Central Oklahoma Dance Company must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.