School of Dance's 19th annual Once Upon a Dream to benefit students
The OU School of Dance will hold its annual Once Upon A Dream fundraiser tonight to raise scholarship money for students.
“The money raised reaches all students of the school of dance, either through scholarships, funding for guest artist or scholarships,” School of Dance spokeswoman Brittany Ray said. “This year, we have broken our ticket sales records and are happy that there are so many people interested in helping raise money for the School of Dance.”
This is the 19th year for the event that provides scholarship and enrichment funds for School of Dance students, according to a press release. At the event, Susan E. Brackett will be recognized for her contributions to OU’s program, such as the creation of the Brackett Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair.
“[Brackett’s] generous gift has provided students with countless opportunities to learn from and interact with those from the highest echelon of the dance world, gaining new insights from their perspectives,” School of Dance Director Mary Margaret Holt said in a press release.
Funds at the event will be raised by a live auction conducted by Tripp Hall, OU vice president for Development, and Rich Taylor, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, for several big-ticket items, according to a press release.
Auction items include a one-night stay at the Colcord Hotel and brunch for two on the following day, an Oxford blazer, a collection named for the highest bidder in the Ballets Russes Archive and a king suite and Sunday brunch for two at the Montford Inn, according to a press release.
“These funds raised will not only help our school become stronger, but it will also provide more for the students who may not have the money to afford such a prestigious collegiate program,” School of Dance student Carly Segell said. “This event will enrich my education here at OU by providing more professional opportunities such as bringing choreographers in as well as studying and/or traveling abroad with my fellow classmates.”