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Start 'em early, start 'em right on the arts

By Jenny Coon Peterson January 27th, 2011
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 I don’t sing, dance or act (a no-talent triple threat!) but that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to the day I can cajole my children onto the stage. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll go the “Toddlers & Tiaras” route or take the Tiger Mother approach, but I have some time to decide. (Note: I will do neither of these things, please don’t file a pre-emptive report with CPS.)

Seriously, though, getting kids involved with the arts is important. Although I no longer have a shred of dancing ability, I loved my years of dance lessons. And I may not sing or act, but my parents did encourage my writing and my hours at the piano.

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
is nurturing creativity in kids with its upcoming spring break camp. The camp is scheduled for March 14-18 at the theater, 2501 N. Blackwelder, and registration is open now. The camps fill up, so early registration is recommended (and you get a discounted rate for signing up early).

The day camp has options for theater, dance or magic (magic!), plus each section is broken up into sessions for 5-7-year-olds and 8-12-year-olds. Find out more or register on the OCT website.

In Norman, Sonder Music, Dance & Art is holding auditions this Saturday for its music and dance revue, “The Rhythm of the World: Dance and Music from Around the Globe.” The open audition is from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Sonder, 225 E. Gray. The revue will be held March 5 inside Mabee Hall at the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College.

For more information, contact Lauren Sonder at

And finally, if, like me, you don’t have much of a stage presence, get comfy in the audience for the “Young Choreographers’ Showcase,” presented by the University of Oklahoma School of Dance.

The Showcase is held at 8 p.m. today through Saturday, plus a 3 p.m. performance on Sunday. Nine graduate and undergraduate students have choreographed ballet and modern dance performances for the showcase, which will be held at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval in Norman.

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