There has never been as much dance being made, performed, seen, or talked about in Tulsa as there’s going to be this season. The art is growing up here, thanks to persistent efforts of local artists, producers, and supporters, and it’s my pleasure to return to this blog in absolutely thrilled anticipation of the moments of transformative contact that are coming to the Tulsa community through the art, craft, and magic of movement.

It starts this weekend, with three performances of the impressive Wazhazhe: An Osage Ballet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (contributors include Roman L. Jasinski, son of Tulsa Ballet’s co-founders; Jenna Smith, an alumna of Oral Roberts University’s estimable dance program; and composer Joseph Rivers, a professor at the University of Tulsa). One more performance today at 2pm before this show moves on to other venues (it’s already toured to Washington, D.C.).

September — just September! — brings at least five events produced, created, or participated in by Tulsa dance artists and organizations. Keep an eye out for…

Tulsa Modern Movement‘s “Unbound,” Living Arts of Tulsa, September 6, 9 pm

Tulsa Ballet II‘s “On Your Radar” (the second company’s premiere as a stand-alone troupe), Studio K on Brookside, September 6 at 8 pm and September 8 at 3 pm

“Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance” (Choregus Productions), Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center, September 7 at 8 pm and September 8 at 3 pm

Dances Made to Order: Tulsa Edition, curated by The Bell House‘s Rachel Bruce Johnson, featuring short films created by three teams of Tulsa dancers and filmmakers, premieres at dancesmadetoorder.com

And the last weekend of September, dancers from The Bell House and Living Water Dance Company will travel to Waco, Texas, for the annual {254} Festival, performing original work by Johnson and Amy McIntosh. (I get to present “Imprint,” the powerful solo Johnson created for me last year.)

Tulsa dancemakers want to meet you, move you, witness with you. Come on out and play — you might just meet yourself.

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