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Dance Maker Academy to hold Spring Performance Aug. 8-9

Dance Maker will be performing variations from Swan Lake at what was to be their 6th Annual Spring Performance at the Constantine Theatre on Main Street in Pawhuska. Due to COVID19, it was necessary to change the dates. Dance Maker will have additional performances to adhere to safe social distancing standards. Audience members will be seated with their families and seating will be on every other row of chairs. Keeping 6’ distancing, everyone will be ushered in and out.

Performances are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9. Tickets for the performances are $5 for adults and $2 for children. Videos of the performances will be available for purchase one week following the performances.

The Pawhuska and surrounding communities have embraced the academy since it opened in the spring of 2014 and have come to realize the significance and importance of the life skills that are taught at the academy alongside the dance instruction. The students attending the academy not only learn to dance, but they also learn how to give back to their communities through their art, as well as the importance of hard work, discipline and commitment.

Jenna LaViolette, Director of Dance at Dance Maker Academy, received her ballet training in Atlanta, Georgia and North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a graduate of Oral Roberts University dance program. In 2012 she choreographed Wahzhazhe, an Osage Ballet that tells the extraordinary history of the Osage people. She produced The Nutcracker Ballet in 2017 in Pawhuska, which premiered at the Constantine Theatre. Jenna is a recipient of the Dreamstarter Grant from Running Strong for American Indian Youth which she used to take dance into the local public schools.

Students require community support whether through donations, audience attendance, volunteers who help with costumes and staging or even giving the students rides to classes. Community involvement along with Legacy Scholarship donations from individuals and businesses allows students to flourish and realize dreams that some did not even know they had. Jenna LaViolette expresses gratitude to all Dance Maker Academy sponsors on behalf of the student recipients. Donors include the Osage Nation Foundation, Osage Casinos, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Artists of Indian America, Will and Anne Baker Jr., Jerry and Marlene Mosley, The Oklahoma Arts Council and many other amazing organizations and individuals.

If you are interested in being a Legacy Scholarship sponsor, please visit the website: www.dancemaker.net, email dancemakeracademy@gmail.com, visit the academy: 400 Palmer Avenue Pawhuska, OK 74056, or call Dance Maker 918-704-4668.