Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy schedules recital

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy schedules recital

The Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy will hold a silent auction and two recitals on May 21 at the Constantine Theater on Main Street in Pawhuska. The tickets for the performances at 2-7 p.m. are $2.

Guests are encouraged to come early and bid on original works of Native American art at the silent auction being held from 1-6 p.m. in a tent adjacent to the theater.

Smith said: “Currently, 30 children receive scholarships from the Osage Nation Foundation and Osage Nation Prevention Department grants.

“We also have eight boys in our ballet class for athletes, funded by Will and Anne Baker Jr.,” she said. “This year the Pawhuska Community Foundation gave us another grant and we were able to install sprung floors in two additional studios.”

Smith thanked those who have funded the scholarships: Kelly and Cindy Pickering, Jerry and Marlene Mosley, Jinx Guerren, Artists of Indian America, Inc., Kanji and Katzen, PLLC, Lou and Rosie Brock, Mark Short, Linda Hinshaw, James Revard.

Smith is a classically trained ballet dancer with a bachelor’s degree in dance from Oral Roberts University, and is the choreographer of Whazhazhe, an Osage Ballet, which will be performed in Santa Fe, N.M. this summer on Aug. 6-7.

Smith opened the academy to train a new generation of dancers in previously underserved, rural Osage County.

The academy honors the legacy of Maria Tallchief, America’s first prima ballerina, who was Osage and grew up in Osage County.

For more information visit www.dancemaker.org or call them at 918-704-4668.