Oklahoma City Ballet will feature the work of eleven local choreographers in Future Voices: A Choreographic Showcase. This presentation of contemporary dance will have a five performance run at the home of Oklahoma City Ballet, the Susan E. Brackett Dance Center, on March 12 at 8:00 p.m., March 13 at 8:00 p.m., March 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and March 15 at 2:00 p.m.


Six of the eleven featured choreographers are dancers in the Oklahoma City Ballet's professional company, and to many, Future Voices is the first public presentation of their choreographic work. The performance will also feature new work from three Central Oklahoma dance educators from the University dance programs of the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University. Each choreographer will chose their own dancers, music, and costumes to accompany their choreography. The only limitation is that each piece will be ten minutes or less.


Featured choreographers include:

  • Penny Askew, M.F.A.
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School Director and Ballet Master for Oklahoma City Ballet  
  • Jonathan Batista
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancer
  • Michael Bearden
    • University of Oklahoma School of Dance Director
  • Sam Jones
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer
  • Natalie Matsuura
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer
  • Robyn Pasternack, M.F.A.
    • University of Central Oklahoma Professor of Dance
  • Amanda Herd-Popejoy
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School Trainee Program Coordinator
  • Kay Sandel
    • Oklahoma City University Professor of Dance
  • Erik Thordal-Christensen
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer
  • Alvin Tovstogray
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Principal Dancer
  • Carrie Ruth Trumbo
    • Oklahoma City Ballet Corps de Ballet Dancer


This is the first professional dance production to take place at the Ballet’s Susan E. Brackett Dance Center. The Inasmuch Foundation Theater inside the iconic Chickasaw Nation Studio seats 190 guests comfortably. This intimate setting will allow a Q&A session with the choreographers at the end of the program as well as a short introductory video before each work.


“If you like variety, and you like contemporary dance, Future Voices will be your cup of tea”, says Oklahoma City Ballet Artistic Director Robert Mills. “Having this production in the same studio where our company holds the bulk of its rehearsals will give audiences a special glimpse into the creative process, they will be in the room where it all happens.” Oklahoma City Ballet plans to make Future Voices an annual part of their programming, giving more dance artists the opportunity to learn and grow as choreographers and to showcase their creativity year after year. 


Tickets for the performance are $30 general admission and may be purchased by calling (405) 848-8637. Seating is limited, so buy early. For more information email info@okcballet.org or visit www.okcballet.org.