Missouri Contemporary Ballet leaps into new year at USAO

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet leaps into new year at USAO


The Missouri Contemporary Ballet Company will perform in the Davis Hall Little Theatre on the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma campus Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. as the 18th season of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series continues.

A full company of professional dancers will take the stage in “Intersections,” an original performance created specifically for MCB that was their season opener last fall. This diverse celebration of contemporary dance combines six unique works by five choreographers, including artistic/executive director Karen Mareck Grundy and resident choreographer Fernando Rodriguez. The work also features choreography by artists from New York, St. Louis and Chicago.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for students and seniors (60 and over); $5 for USAO faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (405)-574-1213.

“This company is a perfect fit for the mission of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series,” said Katie Davis, professor of theatre arts and series coordinator. “They are professional teaching artists. Their school offers classes to dancers of all ages and levels of experience and stands alone as mid-Missouri’s only not-for-profit ballet school and the only school to offer instruction exclusively from professional dancers. Off the stage and beyond the school, MCB serves the community through educational outreach programs that promote creativity, fitness and build an appreciation for the arts. Programs are designed inclusively to introduce more people to the artform of contemporary ballet.”

Founded in 2006 by Karen Mareck Grundy, the company’s artistic and executive director, MCB has since grown from a handful of dancers and annual performances to a multi-level operation with members, apprentices and trainees, as well as a not-for-profit school and numerous outreach programs. Local patrons volunteered their time, money and resources to help build the company from the ground up. In 2015, the company celebrated its 10th anniversary and became a partner of the University of Missouri Concert Series.

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is made possible in-part by support from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Ad Astra Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council and USAO Foundation. Its mission is to encourage attendance at high-quality performing arts events as an aspect of a liberal arts education, to provide an affordable entertainment resource for our college family and our community, and to become a leader in local arts education by presenting relevant and culturally diverse programming that broadens the aesthetic of our audiences.

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