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Photo by Nathalie Sternalski.

Photo by Nathalie Sternalski.

Choregus Productions: Summer Heat International Dance Festival Through Aug. 6

Choregus Productions/Tulsa PAC he Summer Heat International Dance Festival kicked off its inaugural year on July 30 in Tulsa and features seven performances, numerous workshops, master classes and outreach activities, brought to Oklahoma by Choregus Productions. Five dance companies from three countries will showcase the work of some of the world’s best choreographers. There will be a dance experience for everyone – from master dancers to enthusiastic beginners.

“Each company will conduct two classes or workshops. Most will be master classes for advanced dancers, but there will also be choreography workshops. BODYTRAFFIC will also be doing two days of outreach with Tulsa area social service agencies,” says Ken Tracy, the executive director at Choregus Productions.

The goal of the festival is “to bring to Tulsa the very best national and international contemporary dance companies, provide educational opportunities for local dancers, and to add to the cultural life of the Tulsa community,” Tracy says.

Apart from bringing culture to the state, Chorgeus Productions is endeavoring to transform Tulsa into a dance hub comparable to bigger cities in the United States.

“We expect the festival to grow into a destination event similar to the American Dance Festival in North Carolina and Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts,” Tracy says.

The festival runs through Aug. 6, and all performances will be in different venues in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit choregus.org.

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