Dance Maker to offer spring performances

Pawhuska Journal-Capital

Dance Maker Academy students will be performing scenes from "The Sleeping Beauty" on May 20 and 21 at the academy's 9th Annual Spring Performances at the Constantine Theater on Main Street in Pawhuska. The performances are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on May 20 and 3 p.m. on May 21. Tickets for the performances are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Pawhuska and surrounding communities have embraced the academy since it opened in the spring of 2014. The students attending the academy not only learn to dance, but they also learn the importance of hard work and dedication and how to give back to their communities by sharing their talent.

Jenna LaViolette, the Director of Dance, is a graduate of Oral Roberts University dance program and choreographer of "Wahzhazhe," the Osage Ballet that tells of the extraordinary history of the Osage people. She is thankful for the support the academy has received.

Dance Maker Academy students thrive on moral support and the Legacy Scholarship donations of the surrounding communities. Legacy Scholarships allow students to flourish and realize dreams that some did not even know they had. Donors include Osage Nation Foundation, Osage Casinos, Ree Drummond, Running Strong for American Indian Youth, Artists of Indian America, Will and Anne Baker, Jr., Jerry and Marlene Mosley, Dr. Cameron and Melanie Rumsey, Steve and Ann Teget and many other generous organizations and people. Select programming is made possible in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the state of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dance Maker Performing Arts Academy is a non-profit organization and currently seeks donors to assist with scholarships for the 2023-2024 season. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution, please visit the website: www.dancemakeracademy.org, email at dancemakeracademy@gmail.com, visit the academy: 400 Palmer Avenue Pawhuska, OK 74056, or call Dance Maker 918-704-4668.

To enroll for the Academy’s Summer Camp or classes for the upcoming academic year, call 918-704-4668 or visit their website www.dancemakeracademy.org to download class schedules and enrollment forms.