October 17, 2012

Once Upon A Dream 19: Celebrate the Passion that is OU Dance at the School of Dance’s Annual Event

The Express-Star

— The University of Oklahoma School of Dance (SOD) will host the exciting annual Once Upon A Dream fundraising event. The 2012 Co-Chairs are Anne Barker and Marcy Taber. Once Upon A Dream provides scholarship and enrichment funds for SOD students and this year will honor Susan E. Brackett, recognizing her vital contributions to the School of Dance through the Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair. Once Upon A Dream 19 will take place on November 8, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the 50th floor North Ball Room of the Devon Energy Center at 333 West Sheridan Avenue in Oklahoma City.  

The Dream 19 evening will open with cocktails at the stunning new site, overlooking the beautiful downtown OKC area.  Next a presentation will be made about Dream 19 Honoree Susan E. Brackett and her generous, important contributions to the School of Dance via the Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair.   "The School of Dance is deeply grateful to Dr. Brackett for her establishment of the Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair.  Her generous gift has provided our students with countless opportunities to learn from and interact with those from the highest echelon of the dance world, gaining new insights from their perspectives.  The Brackett Chair is all the more valuable since we are not near a major metropolitan area and our students have relatively few opportunities to interact with such accomplished professionals.  The value of Dr. Brackett's contribution cannot be overstated and we also appreciate her past scholarship support and the Dancers' Emergency Fund which she also currently provides.  Her impact on School of Dance students past, present and future is inspiring and we are honored by her devotion and friendship," observed Mary Margaret Holt, Director of the School of Dance.

Individuals who have received the Brackett award since the founding in 2006 are Freddie Franklin, Dudley Williams, Violette Verdy, Howard Sayette, Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin, as well as The New York Times’ Jack Anderson.  Those honored represent distinguished artists in ballet and modern dance, along with the history and criticism of the art form.  Each spent significant time on campus, teaching, coaching and interacting with SOD students and faculty.

The highlight of Once Upon A Dream 19 will be a live auction with OU Vice President for Development Tripp Hall and Fine Arts Dean Rich Taylor as auctioneers. A few of the auction items are  a one-night stay at the Colcord Hotel and brunch for two on the following day, an Oxford blazer from Mr. Ooley’s in OKC, a collection in the Ballets Russes Archive named for the highest bidder, a king suite and Sunday brunch for two at the Montford Inn, a pair of American Airline tickets for anywhere in the 48 contiguous US states, a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride for two with champagne, and dinner for six in the home of gourmet chefs Sherry and Dr. Eugene Enrico, with after dinner classical guitar entertainment by Larry Hammett.

Food and eating play a significant role in a dancer’s life and Dream 19 will be no exception. Dinner will encompass many courses with New York Strip as one main entrée and dessert served in a martini glass. The menu is supervised by Chef Andrew Black, Vice President of Culinary Operations at Williams & Associates Hospitality LLC, where he oversees and organizes culinary assignments for such clients as the Colcord Hotel and Devon Energy.

Valued members of the Dream 19 Committee include Ann Alspaugh, Jeriann Altshuler, Greg Davis, Riley Fitzhugh, Connie Fuller, Joan Gilmore, Tripp Hall, Seyan Hefner, Marye Heston,

Sarah Hogan, Sue Anne Hyde,  Mary Jane Hulin, Carroll Johnson, Jill King, Anne McCurdy, Curtice McCloy, Mary Nichols, Keith Oehlert, David Ooley, Chip Oppenheim, Betty Price, Steve Saak, Emily Stratton, Carolyn Wright and Nancy Yoch. "Our fabulous Dream19 co-chairs and this year’s committee have been devoted to making Once Upon A Dream a success.  We are so grateful for their dedication, time and expertise in planning this event,” said Holly Schmidt, Faculty Coordinator of Once Upon A Dream.   

Single event tickets are $180 per person. Individual Parton tickets are $280 per person and provide an evening program recognition, priority seating and a special student assigned for the academic year.  Dream Tables are $1,440, which includes a table for eight, priority seating, season program listing and event program recognition for table hosts. Celebration Tables are $2,240 and consist of priority seating, season program listing, evening program recognition for table hosts and special guest status at the SOD spring banquet, plus a special student liaison during the academic year. Donations are tax deductible as defined by law.  For additional information, please call the School of Dance 405-325-4051.

Music and dance performances from the repertories of SOD’s Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma will provide entertainment for Once Upon A Dream 19.

The University of Oklahoma’s program in dance was founded in 1963 by Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov, former principal dancers with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. What had been a department became the School of Dance in 1998 with Mary Margaret Holt as Director. Undergraduate and graduate dance majors, along with general education students, total approximately 1000 enrollees in dance classes per semester. The School of Dance’s state-of-the-art facility in the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Art Center was completed in 2005.