Claris Kathleen Periman is a recent graduate of St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee. She received her Bachelor of Humanities in the Arts degree with a dance major on May 7, 2011. She has attended St. Gregory’s for four years on a dance scholarship with an emphasis on dance performance and dance education.
At the university she has performed under the direction of Liz Reiter and Tasha Hinex in the Spirit and Sole Dance Co, the Liturgical Dance Co, and the SGU Basketball Dancers. Each of these dance companies performs at numerous venues throughout each year. The Liturgical Dance Co has performed at churches throughout Oklahoma including Epworth Methodist Church in Chickasha and Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. Claris also performed at the basketball games with the SGU Basketball Dancers. She performed at the Sarkey’s Performing Arts Center in the fall and spring dance concerts for the past four years, as well as, all the Senior Dance Capstones. The dance department has a well-rounded program of modern, jazz, lyrical, ballet and tap styles. Claris choreographed several dances for her own senior capstone and had dancers of the Spirit and Sole Dance Co perform those dances.
Claris has been an instructor at the St. Gregory University’s Academy for four years. This academy teaches children in the community various dance styles and performs two recitals a year. She has been director of the Academy for the past two years, being in charge of selecting dance instructors and organizing the dance schedule, music, and costuming.
Claris is a 2007 graduate of Chickasha High School. She was also a graduating senior at April’s Dance Studio in 2007. Claris is now a dance instructor at April’s Dance Studio.
For information about dance lessons for this summer or fall, please call 222-0948.