Raise the Barre


Maddie Riggin

Dance students rehearse a piece.

Maddie Riggin, Pulse Writer

The Broken Arrow Dance Program is holding Raise the Barre this Saturday, October 3. It is a fundraising and educational event for the dance community. Dancers in 8th through 12th grade are invited to participate in an onstage ballet master class. The $30 registration fee includes a 30-minute warm-up and an introduction to the BA Dance Program taught by program director, Katherine McCall, and a 90-minute ballet technique and choreography session taught by Tulsa Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Master and Artistic Manager of the Tulsa Ballet II Company, Alfonso Martin.

“I dance because it makes me feel like I belong somewhere, and I love the feeling of unity I get when I’m a part of something bigger than me,” junior Lydia Sanchez said. “Dance has taught me how to be a better person and appreciate more things.”

Dancers in the program get the opportunity to dance 5 days a week and learn new techniques that aren’t typically available at their studios outside of school.

“The Dance Program is important to me because it really helps me improve. Since it is 5 days a week, we get more opportunities to showcase our talent, and we learn a lot about the dance community,” junior Sanchez said.

Members of the community are welcome to come and enjoy the performance session of the master class, during which the Tulsa Ballet II will present portions of works from their most recent production, On Your Radar, with commentary from Martin. The morning will conclude with a Q&A session between the master class participants and the dancers of Tulsa Ballet II.

“I hope to learn how to take from different teachers and how to make it in the professional world of dance,” junior Maddie Cowan said.

Raise the Barre will be held at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, in the Kristin Chenoweth theater. The class will start promptly at 9:00 am and end at 12:00 pm. Registration fees are to be given to Katherine McCall in the Westwood Dance Building. For questions, please email Kathrine McCall at kmccall@baschools.org.