Choreography Festival Debuts on ORU Campus

The Exchange Choreography Dance Festival debuted July 24-26 in ORU's Howard Auditorium. The Bell House, a Tulsa-based dance organization, put on the festival to give pre-professional and professional dancers the opportunity to showcase their choreographic works and receive feedback from the dance community as well as bring much-needed contemporary dance work to the Tulsa community.

Rachel Bruce Johnson, ORU adjunct faculty dance instructor and artistic director of the Bell House, was pleased with the success of the festival. "I think it was really successful for the first year," Johnson said. "I feel like it created that atmosphere for dialogue that I wanted to see between the adjudicators and the dancers."

The Exchange featured an adjudication panel of dance professionals from across the nation and from a wide range of dance backgrounds and experiences to provide critical feedback to those dance artists submitting work as well as teach master classes during the weekend festival. The classes included site-specific work, a dance for camera workshop, advanced choreographic process, performance process, advanced performance technique, and auditioning workshops.

Johnson said she plans for The Exchange to be back next year. "We saw a lot of really good dance over the weekend and that was really exciting to see."