July 3, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first annual Oklahoma International Dance Festival will take place fully online, offering an artistic and educational dance experience from July 26 to August 9, 2020.
Though travel restrictions have inhibited the festival’s international faculty from traveling to the United States, the online festival will expose dancers everywhere to exceptional instruction from all over the globe. The festival will offer up to four classes a day, six days a week in the following genres: ballet, repertory, contemporary technique, contemporary pointe work, modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, Gaga/dancers, GYROKINESIS® and pilates.
The Oklahoma International Dance Festival will feature 10 exceptional faculty members: Berit Ahlgren, Brian Brooks, Colin Connor, Fredrick Davis, Vincent Gros, Raffaele Irace, Larry Keigwin, Roser Muñoz, Leticia Plans and Margo Sappington. Classes will be held via Zoom with a limit of 14 dancers per class in order to maximize feedback and personalize training.
“Since we are not able to bring our faculty to Oklahoma this year, we decided to build a dynamic, revised online option which allows dancers to engage with our international faculty,” said OIDF Founder Austin Hartel. “Taking the festival online also presents an opportunity for those dancers who otherwise may not have been able to travel to Oklahoma to get world-class training right in their living rooms.”
Dancers participating in the festival will be required to have a high-speed internet connection, a computer, tablet or phone, if possible a ballet barre equivalent, a yoga mat and a recommended 6-by-6 feet space to work in.
The Oklahoma International Dance Festival is open for registration through July 15. Tuition costs $300 for one week, $600 for the complete intensive. A sample class schedule for the two-week festival is available at okdancefest.org.
Written by Alma Cienski