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Inclement Weather

If the weather is unfavorable at any part of the year, we will post the status of our classes on our Facebook page by 1:00pm. Because our classes take place later in the evening, Modern Dance Arts does not always fully adhere to NPS closing decisions concerning inclement weather. The status of our classes may also be found on our studio answering machine after 1:00pm for the days in question.

 

Placement

Each student at Modern Dance Arts is carefully placed into his/her own level of ability and instructed in an encouraging atmosphere. In each class, individual attention is given to the growth and potential of every student. Placement or advancement into each class level is based solely on the student’s own ability and progress. Except for beginning level classes, placement is not decided by the age of the student or the number of years he/she has studied dance. Placement in the intermediate level class is by instructor only. New students wishing to attend Modern Dance Arts for advanced study, must audition for placement in all dance classes.

 

Dance Attire For All Students

Going to dance class is a very special event each week! It is something that every dancer looks forward to doing. Getting ready for dance class is just as important as participating; it is part of the “discipline” of being a dancer! At Modern Dance Arts, we take pride in the way our dancers look and participate while in class. Therefore, all dancers are required to wear correct dance clothing to each of their classes. Please call the studio for more information on specific attire for each class.

 

Dance Class Etiquette

ATTENDANCE
All dancers are expected to attend all of their classes. Please call in advance if a class is to be missed.

DANCE BAG
Each dancer should have their own dance bag to put their shoes and other belongings into during class time.

PUT YOUR NAME ON EVERYTHING
All dancers should have their name on each pair of dance shoes as well as their dance bag.

COVER YOURSELF
Dancers should not wear their “dance outfit” outside the dance studio. Please wear a cover up to class.

COMING IN LATE
The dancer should come in and watch class until the instructor invites them to join.

LEAVING EARLY
The dancer should inform the instructor at the beginning of class if they plan to leave early.

NO FOOD OR GUM IN THE CLASSROOMS
Only water bottles are allowed in the classrooms.

WAITING ROOM MANNERS
Dancers should bring something to do while they are waiting between classes. The wait areas should be respected as quiet zones as the noise can interrupt the classes in the dance studios. Young children are expected to be monitored by the parents in the waiting areas. Parents may not leave children under the age of 10 unattended in the studio wait areas.

 

Performances

Modern Dance Arts conducts two performances per year. The first performance, called the Works In Progress Performance, is held at Modern Dance Arts at the end of January. The formal year-end concert is a fully staged production at the end of May at Oklahoma City Community College Performing Arts Center Theatre.

 

Parents Watch Week

We feel that it is good for both the parents and the students to have observation days throughout the year. It is not our intention that a parent ever feel unwelcome at our school however, it is difficult for many students to concentrate and relax while trying to adjust to a new learning experience in front of an ever present audience. While parents are not allowed to watch regular class time, they are urged to come and watch their child’s development in the special weeks called “Parents Watch Week.” We have two sessions of Parents Watch Week. Parents and students will be notified in advance prior to the Watch Weeks in the fall and spring semesters.

 

LogoOur Faculty

 

Artistic Director, Felicia Carter

Felicia CarterFelicia Carter is the owner and artistic director of Modern Dance Arts. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. Felicia has been teaching dance professionally in the Norman community for 20 years. She enjoys watching her students develop self awareness, spatial awareness, musicality, and self confidence through the expression of dance. Felicia is proud to continue the Modern Dance Arts tradition and philosophy founded by Maggie Mitchell in 1984, who felt strongly that students should have the opportunity to seriously study all forms of dance in one place. Felicia aims to push the boundaries of progressive movement styles while holding onto the discipline and tradition of classical training.

She has had many students graduate with degrees in dance related fields and several that have gone on to dance professionally. Felicia is proud of all of her students, as she knows that their dance education has been rooted in discipline, etiquette, tradition rehearsal, and production. All of these skills are elements of understanding and appreciating humanity.

Felicia grew up in Norman, OK. Under the direction of Maggie Mitchell, Danni Kelly, Ko Yukihiro, Denise Vale, and Derrick Minter, Felicia was able to pursue her passion for dance as an art form. Felicia's drive to continue her dance studies into higher education was fueled by validating successes. She auditioned and was selected to attend the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain from the ages 15-18; and was asked to take advantage of the early entry program to dance with the University of Oklahoma’s Modern Repertory Dance Theater at the age of 16. Felicia enrolled with scholarships to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance at the University of Oklahoma. During her undergraduate work, Felicia was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study under many well known choreographers from around the world. She also had the humbling opportunity to learn and perform several Martha Graham original works under the direction of Denise Vale. Vale, a former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Company and a master teacher of the Graham Technique, now sits in the position of Senior Artistic Associate Director for The Martha Graham Dance Company.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance, Felicia went on to share her passion for teaching movement and began working in the Norman Public High Schools. She worked with Margarita Banos Milton and became the Norman North and Norman High Schools’ Modern Dance instructor. She also took a position at Modern Dance Arts, under Maggie Mitchell, teaching modern dance classes as well as ballet technique classes. Over the years, Felicia has had many teaching joys. Not only did she share her passion with her students at Modern Dance Arts, but she also has taught for the University of Oklahoma’s Summer Wind youth program, facilitated the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute auditions for over 10 years and watched countless dancers discover the love of dance.

Felicia resides in Norman, Oklahoma with her husband of over 15 years, Jack Carter, and their two daughters. The support that Felicia gets from her family and the Norman community at large make her career as an artist overwhelmingly rewarding. In addition to her current role as Artistic Director, Felicia will continue to educate young dancers. She is grateful for the opportunity to share the joy of dance with her students and their families and welcomes you to Modern Dance Arts.

 

Rachel Hendricks

Rachel Hendricks

Miss Rachel teaches:

Beginner and Intermediate Combination

Hip Hop and Funk

Contemporary Company

Competition

Richard A. Carlson, MD

Richard A. Carlson, MD

Dr. Carlson teaches:

Adult Tap

Danni Kelly

Danni Kelly

Miss Danni teaches:

Senior Ballet Company II

Senior Ballet Company III

Senior Ballet Company IV

Pointe

View Danni Kelly's résumé here

Kathy Kelly Christos

Kathy Kelly Christos

Miss Kathy teaches:

Ballet Basic I

Ballet Basic II

 

Carrie Conwell

Carrie Conwell

Miss Carrie teaches:

Intermediate Hip Hop

Intro to Funk

Teen Jazz

Advanced Jazz

Jovon Bunkley

Jovon teaches:

Funk Company

Emily Muery

Emily Muery

Miss Emily teaches:

3-4 Year Old Beginner

Hip Hop

Leaps Jumps and Turns

Advanced Contemporary

Jazz Company

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