Saturday, May 18th at 7PM, the Art of Motion Dancers Will Perform at the Bartlesville Community Center.
The Public is invited to enjoy this celebration of dance! We have 6 Graduating Seniors performing solos in this years show:
Ali Charlson, Kylie DeShazo, Kelsea Hull, Bonnie Pope, Jessica Pope and Rachelle Thibodeau. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE. Call 918-336-2787.
Saturday, December 10th, 7:00pm at the Bartlesville Community Center!
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Art of Motion Dancers will officially ring in the holiday season with a performance during OWU half time, Tuesday, November 16th. Come enjoy a basketball game and get a preview of “Bartlesville’s Christmas Spectacular!”
Art of Motion presents ‘Dancing from RPMs to MP3s’
By Special to the E-E
Friday, May 15, 2009 3:26 PM CDT
Explore how music technology developed from vinyl to digital at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Bartlesville Community Center. The Art of Motion Dancers will take you on a whirlwind tour of dance trends that made history and the fashions that accompanied them.
For those unfamiliar, RPM stands for revolutions per minute. It determines how fast a vinyl record spins on a turntable. Records are set at speeds varying from 33 1/2 to 78 RPMs. MP3 stands for M Peg-1 audio player 3. It’s a popular standard for compressing digital music files down to a reasonable size. This is the technology that allows hundreds of songs to be stored on one small portable player.
Shelly Beech, owner of Art of Motion Dance, has assembled a show tracing music’s development from 78 vinyl records to downloadable music files.
“The show opens with an award-winning piece choreographed by Jana Brown,” said Beech. “It’s called ‘iPod Nation.’ My assistants — Heaven Fuller, Claire Malaby, Melissa Schwegman, and Carrie Tillett — take on the persona of characters you pass on the street. The magic of theater allows you to hear what each dancer is listening to on their iPod as they pass by. It’s music theater at it’s best!”
There are two high school seniors performing solos in the show. Jenna Ling is performing a contemporary piece to “Hometown Glory.” Carrie Tillett, Beech’s assistant for five years, will perform a lyrical piece to “Gravity.” Ling plans to attend Purdue and major in engineering. Tillett plans to attend Hendrix College and major in biology.
Audiences love it when dads perform on stage. Revisit MTV of the ’80s when Billy Fuller, Mike Ling, Michael Malaby, Doug Schwegman, Neil Tillett and their daughters dance to the 1985 video of the year, “Money for Nothin’.”
Music has come a long way since Edison’s invention of the radio, or even the victrola. “RPM to MP3” chronicles that progression through dance. Enjoy the “grooviness” of eight tracks and the scratch and pops of your favorite album. Relive the excitement of your first Walkman, and say good-bye to the record store. The music selections in this show are as diverse as the choreography.
For more information or tickets, visit www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com or call the Bartlesville Community Center Box Office at 918-336-2787.
From left: Carrie Tillet, Heaven Fuller, Shelly Beech, Melissa Schwegman, Claire Malaby
Tremaine scholarship sweeter second time around
By Special to the E-E
Friday, April 4, 2008 12:10 PM CDT
Hayden Wehmeyer, a 12-year-old dancer at Art of Motion Dance Studio, won a yearlong Tremaine Convention Scholarship on March 16.
Shelly Beech, Wehmeyer’s mother and owner/director at Art of Motion Dance Studio, traveled with 12 of her dancers to attend the Tremaine Dance Convention in Tulsa over spring break.
“Joe Tremaine runs one of the premier conventions in the dance industry,” says Beech. “We never miss it.”
Tremaine Dance Convention is based out of Hollywood, Calif. This is the convention’s 27th year. Students take master classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical throughout the weekend. The professional faculty includes Joe Tremaine, Doug Caldwell, Desiree Robbins, Nick Drago, Jeff Amsden and many other performers and choreographers from Los Angeles and New York.
Dancers are given the opportunity to audition outside of their regular classes.
Art of Motion Dancers that auditioned include: Sarah Raymond, Alexis Dout and Heaven Fuller in the Senior Division; and Hannah Divelbiss, Claire Malaby, Kelsey Hull, Bailee Shambles, Bonnie Fiore, Jillian Janer and Hayden Wehmeyer in the Teen Division. Art of Motion Students that also attended the Weekend convention included Anna Buhlinger and Sophie Fiore.
Dancers auditioned in three age divisions: Junior, 6-10-year-olds; Teen, 11-13-year-olds; and Seniors, 14 and up. A total of 26 scholarships were awarded in Tulsa: 18 Convention Scholarships, which included six in each division; four yearlong Convention Scholarships, two in both the Teen and Senior division; and four Performing Arts Center Scholarships, with two in both Teen and Senior.
Students attending the audition were first taught a ballet combination by Jeff Amsden. They performed in groups of six. The first cut eliminated over half of the dancers.
The remaining 50 semifinalists were taught a jazz combination by Desiree Robbins. Additional cuts were made until they got down to 20 finalists including Wehmeyer.
The actual scholarship winners were not announced until the conclusion of the convention.
“Two years ago Hayden won a single convention scholarship in the Junior Division. They announced all the single convention winners first and we didn’t hear his name. Knowing there were older students in his division we were just proud he had made it as a finalists. We never dreamed he would win a yearlong scholarship. Imagine our excitement to hear he’d been awarded this yearlong honor!” said Beech.
Wehmeyer’s scholarship will allow him to attend as many Tremaine Conventions as he likes, tuition free for one year.
Tremaine offers 25 Conventions nationwide, making the award value over $6,000. Four of the upcoming summer conventions include: Dallas, New York City, Las Vegas and National Finals in Orlando.
“The studio plans to attend Tremaine’s Dallas Convention this summer,” said Beech. “I would like to travel to some of the other major cities as a group if parents are interested. This opens the door to endless possibilities.”
Wehmeyer has studied dance at Art of Motion since he was 3. Twice a week ballet class and once a week tap and jazz. In addition to his own studies he assists classes two days a week. When he’s not dancing you can find him in the studio office doing homework.
Those interested in helping sponsor Wehmeyer’s travel expenses can contact Art of Motion Dance, 333-3412.
Local Dancers Welcome Holiday Season
By Special to the E-E
Friday, December 3, 2004 1:17 PM CST
Art of Motion Dance will present “Bartlesville’s Christmas Spectacular” at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Bartlesville Community Center.
This fast-paced evening of dance promises something for everyone. The production was conceived and directed by Shelly Beech, owner and instructor of Art of Motion Dance.
“I know how much our dancers and the community look forward to what’s become a local tradition,” said Beech. “I’m thrilled with this year’s sixth annual presentation. It includes tap, jazz, lyrical, modern and ballet pieces. The show has grown so much that it’s hard to pick which pieces will rotate out to make room for the new.”
Each year numbers get re-staged, new costumes are created and new pieces are commissioned to keep the show exciting. Five new dances will make their debut in the 2004 Spectacular, including a spicy new finale that’s sure to set your holiday spirit in motion.
The audience can expect their perennial favorites like the Rockette style “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” as well as contemporary twists on a few classical numbers. The music selections read like a list of favorite holiday specials: “The Grinch,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Rudolph” and “Frosty.”
If your looking for that magical holiday feeling, come experience an original holiday tribute with the Art of Motion Dancers. Everyone from the smallest Christmas tree to the man with the bag himself are anxious to share the joy and celebrate the season with “Bartlesville’s Christmas Spectacular.” For tickets call the Community Center Box Office at 336-2787.