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No shortage of ways to get involved in Tulsa dance these days. (Watching Tulsa native Ronnie Underwood on Breaking Pointe doesn’t count!)

For one thing, SummerStage is in full swing, featuring outside-the-box evening-length performances by Perpetual Motion this past weekend and Portico Dans Theatre on July 13-14 (more on that next week), as well as smaller shows by the Belly Dance Academy of Tulsa and the Sanskriti School of Dance.

For another, there are two different calls for submissions coming up, and a festival featuring exciting new work. Have there ever been so many opportunities for Tulsa dancers and dancemakers to create and perform new material? Now’s the time to give yourself permission to be bold. Deadlines are coming up soon.

Are you a filmmaker? Have a dance film in your files, or want to make one? The Oklahoma Dance Film Festival is seeking submissions. (You don’t have to be from Oklahoma, but there’s a special assignment available to those who are [see below].) Here’s my post on last year’s festival, in case you’re wondering What’s a Dance Film — and Why? Guidelines are as follows:

The Oklahoma Dance Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 2012 festival. We are currently seeking dynamic short films that use movement as a medium for story-telling or visual spectacle. Films should be no longer than 30 minutes, but can be as short as 1 min.
Submit your film as a high-quality DVD format (US region). Please complete and return an entry form [link is on the website] along with each film. Include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage, if you wish DVDs to be returned.

Submission deadline is August 1st, 2012.
Please mail entries to:
Oklahoma Dance Film Festival
Attn: Jessica Vokoun
1628 S. College Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

okdancefilms@gmail.com

**EXCLUSIVE CALL for Oklahoma based artists:
The OkDFF extends a special assignment to local filmmakers and dancers: collaborate and create a new film/video work, which highlights your artistry, process, or community connection. We want to get to know the creative voices within our state. Selected films will be screened at the 2012 Oklahoma Dance Film Festival. The work can be informative, documentary, or completely imaginative and abstract. Selection will be based on how the film demonstrates the creative skill of both collaborators. Please adhere to the entry requirements listed above.

Are you a choreographer? As I reported in Urban Tulsa, Tulsa Ballet has announced that it is renewing its local dance initiative next season, and is now accepting applications from companies wishing to take part. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2012. The initiative gives local dance companies the opportunity to perform as an opening act for the main company in its “Creations in Studio K” series in May.

“Having local companies perform with us in Studio K was a historic event for dance in Tulsa,” TB Artistic Director Marcello Angelini told me. “Interacting with other artists in the community was energizing for all of us and, in my case, it gave me a feeling of unity and renewed sense of purpose to further our art form. It was a wonderful start, and yet just a start. At this point, the sky is the limit.

“I am tremendously impressed by the local companies, their directors, choreographers, and dancers,” he continued. “I feel it is my responsibility to support their efforts however I can.”

Interested groups may submit a DVD of their proposed performance, which must be less than 20 minutes, along with a description of the piece and their company, to Tulsa Ballet (1212 East 45th Place South, Tulsa, OK 74105) before July 15th. All companies will be notified of their acceptance by July 31st. For more information, contact Company Manager Daiva Neal at daiva.neal@tulsaballet.org.

Are you a student, a teacher, a semi- or pre-professional dancer, an aspiring dancemaker? Come take class and see the two concerts chock full of original work at the Exchange Dance Festival. It happens August 10-12 at Studio K. I’ll write more about what to expect as it approaches, but you can search “Exchange” here on the blog for some hefty posts about last summer’s event.

A Facebook friend commented the other day that “there are about a billion dance companies in Tulsa!” It sort of seems like that these days, and it’s pretty wonderful. Hang with me here and I’ll try to keep you up-to-date with the many and various ways that Tulsa Dances. See you soon.

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