The Belly Dance Academy of Tulsa operates under the inspirational and gyrational mind of Shadia Dahlal, a 30-year dancing veteran and the vice president of the National Association for Teacher Certification in Middle Eastern Dance. Inside her spacious 3,200-square-foot studio, Shadia and her enthusiastic instructors treat graceful guests with a comprehensive class structure and a custom-built floating floor—the same surface used by the Tulsa Ballet. On the floor, students with little to no prior dance experience can slink into character in either the level 1 belly-dance class, which teaches the basic fundamentals of tummy toning and shaking, or the burlesque class, a strip-free celebration adorned by an abundance of feathers, rhinestones, and other eye-drawing accessories. During intermediate and advanced classes, experienced students hone their hip whispering by learning choreography, stage presence, and how to perform in various venues. Regardless of level, each class provides one full hour of low-impact cardio and creative exploration.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance?including tap, jazz, and hip-hop?and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two?Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith?have gone on to become Miss America.
For either $15 or $20, today's side deal scores you a general-admission ticket to see an opening-week performance of the Lyric Theatre's Driving Miss Daisy at the Lyric at the Plaza (a $30 or $40 value, depending on the night).
If you're taking dance lessons in the Oklahoma City region, chances are your instructor was taught by Louis Macias. The fleet-footed dancer has been perfecting the craft since 1954, and his journey has included stops at the Arthur Murray studios and on stage opening for the legendary Frank Sinatra. Yolanda Macias is no slouch, either, having once competed professionally for the Dance Council of America. The couple passes on their moves at Macias' Dance Center, where their team of instructors teaches classic ballroom styles alongside popular dances such as salsa, cumbia, and bachata.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.
Since 1954, Chamber Music Tulsa has dedicated itself to promoting small ensemble pieces from both established musicians and rising young stars. ?The organization presents six different chamber ensembles every season, showcasing their talents in special weekend concert series. Saturday evening shows invite subscribers to dine from a buffet and visit with the artists, while Sunday afternoon performances are open to the public and anyone disguised as a music stand.