Performers

 

Marjan Esáa

Marjan Esáa is the founder of The Rhythm of the World Foundation, Inc., as well as the creator and producer of the show since its conception in the year 2011.

Marjan Esáa is a performer, choreographer, and instructor who found her love of dancing at age three in her birthplace of Venezuela.  Her experience with ballet, jazz, modern dance, and a variety of Latin music styles led to regular performances on popular Spanish-language televisions shows such as Sábado Gigante, El Show de Cristina, and Premios Lo Nuestro a la Música Latina while she lived in Miami, Florida. She has called Oklahoma home for the past 16 years. She is a member of Candela Latin Dancers from Clips ‘N Hips, and performs and teaches bellydance in Norman. She is also the founder and director of Mystical Hips Dance Troupe.

Her talent and love of belly dancing was showcased when she won 1st runner-up in the prestigious Queen of Raks Sharqi competition (Dallas, 2006) judged by Egyptian dancers and celebrities such as Nagwa Fouad, Dr. Mo Geddawi, and Randa Kamel.

This rich history has significantly influenced the dances that Marjan studies, teaches, and performs.

www.marjandancer.com
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Layla Isabella Rickman  

Layla Isabella Rickman

Layla Isabella Rickman was born in Yukon, OK on February 17th, 2004. She is the daughter of a North American father and a South American mother (Colombia), from whom she inherited an artistic talent and love for dance. She took her first dance steps at Clips N Hips, a studio dedicated to promote Hispanic culture. This served as a foundation to perfect her talent at Victory Dance Academy, where in the last few years she has distinguished herself as one of its principal dancers.

In June of 2016 she represented the State of Oklahoma in Branson, Missouri taking 3rd place in the soloist category of the National Dance Competition “Stage One”. She was selected as principal dancer for the Victory Dance production “Frozen”. In 2015 she was recognized as the “Most Prestigious Young Dancer” from the Destined 2 Dance Awards. In 2014 she was selected as one of the finalists for dancer of the year and was awarded a DMA scholarship.

She currently studies at Classen School of Advanced Studies and when she’s not dancing, she enjoys swimming and playing with her cousins.

 

 

   

 

 

Mystical Hips Dance Troupe

Mystical Hips - under the direction of Marjan Esáa - is a dance team made up of performers from all walks of life who have found a love for bellydance. They strive to promote the art of bellydancing and the Middle Eastern culture it represents. They are an experienced group that frequently performs at fairs, festivals, birthdays, weddings, and cultural events throughout Oklahoma.

Current members are Stacey Harris (Nova), Shayda Omoumi, Jessica Frazier (Meera), Heather Burns (Esme), and Kate Wiley (Taloa).

For booking information, contact Marjan at (405) 820-0797,
marjandancer@hotmail.com, or visit www.marjandancer.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Luna

Alexis Luna is a 20 year old student at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a degree in biology on the pre-med track. Alexis was raised in Southside Oklahoma City and has a strong connection to her Hispanic and Mexican roots. She previously served as the Reina Hispana de Oklahoma and Philanthropy Chair for OU’s Hispanic American Student Association. Her passion is singing and bringing her community closer together with culture and love.

 

 

 

 

 

Norahua  

Norahua Folklorico Mexicano

Norahua, means friends in the language of the Tarahumara (indigenous people from northern Mexico). Founded in 1993, the group emphasizes the colorful, exciting, and diverse culture of Mexico.

Artistic director Jaime Fuentes studied Mexican Folkloric dance at Escuela Superior de Danza Folklorico in Chihuahua, Mexico. He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his work in the field of classic and folkloric dance, including the “2014 Most Outstanding Hispanic Dance Artist Award” by the Hispanic Arts Council of Oklahoma, the title of “Ambassador of the Mexican culture in Oklahoma” from the Mexican Consulate in Little Rock, he was also recently recognized by the Agencia Latina of Oklahoma for his “Legacy and Community Service”. Most recently he was invitied by Universal Studios in California, The University of Chihuahua Mexico and Perú for a cultural exchange.

He has dedicated his talent and experience to teaching both the technical and historic aspects of folkloric dancing. He motivates and inspires his students to work hard
and to express their love for dance in the interpretation of the various dances that
are representative of many states in Mexico. He believes that instilling cultural
pride through dance is a healthy way to boost self esteem and confidence in our Latino youth.

Norahua brings the dances of Mexico to the public via festivals, special theatre performances, conferences, meetings, and any celebration where the spirit of Mexico can be experienced through an entertaining and inspirational performance. For information about classes or performance availability please contact Jaime Fuentes at (405) 204-2938.

     

 

 

   
Candela  

Candela Latin Dancers

This group is led by Colombian performer and entrepreneur Marti Rickman from her unique hair salon and dance studio,
Clips ‘N’ Hips. The group showcases dancers from different parts of Latin America and the U.S, each with different strengths and a wide variety of cultural and artistic backgrounds. They are unified by one common factor: a passion for everything dance.

Performers include: Daniela Rojas Nusbaum, Lourdes Garrett, Marjan Esáa, Marti Rickman, and Layla Isabella Rickman. For class schedule information or to book a variety Latin show for your next event, please contact Marti Rickman at (405) 209-4823.

www.clipsnhips.com

 

 

   

 

Halau Hula 'O Nani

Betty Clymer, known as “Nani” by family and friends, embraced the fine art of Hawaiian hula at the age of 14. She studied hula under several Kumu Hula teachers (hula masters), to include Keli’i Frank Chang and Stephanie Ku’ulei Mahelona. In 2001, under the direction of Kumu Hula Frank Chang, Betty was privileged to have participated at the annual Merrie Monarch hula competition, which is considered the most prestigious hula competition in Hawaii. She continues to perform in many states, primarily in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. To this day, Betty’s love for the hula is evident. Encouraged by Kumu Hula Stephanie Mahelona, she developed Halau Hula ‘O Nani (school dance of beauty), and shares her hula by offering instructions weekly to children and ladies of all ages. She and her group also offers Hawaiian-Polynesian entertainment for any event, to include weddings, birthdays,  and corporate events.

Dancers include: Betty Clymer, Paressa Duwel, Mariah Duwel, Jennifer Schafer, Samuel Gonzales, Chrichelle Fernandez, Tyler Fernandez, Cecilia Ramirez, Lydgia Jackson, Crystal Lorents, Cheryl Jones , Eileen McGuire, Andrew McGuire, Sandra Burdick, Kau’i Kanahele, and Toby Nelson.

For class schedule information or to book a Hawaiian-Polynesian show for your next event, please contact Betty Clymer at (405) 317-6982 or e-mail betcly@aol.com. e-mail betcly@aol.com.

 

 

   
 

Cecil Gray

Cecil Gray is of the Kiowa and Cheyenne Tribes of Oklahoma. He resides in Yukon, OK with his wife Hauli Sioux Gray and children Isha, Glory, and Tahlo Gray. He has obtained his Associates Degree in Business Administration from OKCCC, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from University of Central Oklahoma, and Master’s Degree in Native American Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is the Human Resource Director for the Lucky Star Casinos of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

Cecil has been dancing for over 26 years as a Fancy Dancer and enjoys competing across the United States at powwows. He strives to educate and entertain audiences of all ages on the beauty and skill of Native American culture through dance and powwow music. He is one of the founders of the Native Dance Troupe Central Plains Dancers whose goal is to honor our ancestors by keeping our culture alive and strong in the 21st century. We reflect our culture that has been passed down from generation to generation and share the storytelling and origins of these dance styles. We hope to leave audiences not only entertained but educated on our culture and have an everlasting connection of who we are as Indigenous people. For more information, questions, or performance availability, please contact him at (405) 209-6019 or cecilgray@hotmail.com.

 

 

   
 

Courtney Reeder

Courtney Reeder is a contemporary Fancy Shawl dancer from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and also of Kiowa descent. She was brought into the dance arena by her family when she was 3 years old in Carnegie, OK. Her style of dance has been self-taught over her childhood and teenage years which have helped her develop her own style of dance.

The fancy shawl dance is the most athletic style of dance that you would see at any powwow across North America. The fancy shawl dance is said to emulate the movement of a butterfly.

Courtney and her mother have created all her beadwork, shawls and dresses that she wears. For more information, questions, or performance availability, please contact her at (405) 229-7617 or courtneylreeder@icloud.com.

 

 

   
 

Jay Mule

Jay Mule is of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Toni, reside in Oklahoma City, OK along with their two daughters, Jaylee and lily. Jay travels extensively with his family throughout the United State and Canada competing at various competition powwows.
He will be performing a dance called the Hoop Dance. This dance is unique to the Southwest part of the United States and is believed to have begun with the Pueblo people. The hoop dancer tells a story by creating designs and symbols that represent things we see in nature. However, an accomplished dancer will also create modern things as well. Whether it’s an eagle, horse or Mickey Mouse, you will enjoy this wonderful style of dance!

 

 

   
 

Samarpan Dance Academy

Samarpan Dance Academy is committed to promote and preserve South Asian Arts. It provides quality training in the Indian classical style called Bharatanatyam to adults and kids. At the core of the Academy’s artistic vision is the belief that dance is a powerful vehicle to communicate the magic and beauty of life and bring the community together. The work of the academy is inspired by the ability of dance to capture the imagination of its audiences, become an agent for change in society, reflect the realities of our lives and transcend the borders of culture, religion and ethnicity. Classes are held every week in Oklahoma and Edmond area.

For more information contact Renita Fernandes at:
(405) 551-1534

 

 

   
 

Raíces

Raíces means roots in Spanish. Members of this group are children whose parents come from different parts of Latin America such as Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico; with some members also from the United States. Marti Rickman, a choreographer and performer with more than 20 years of involvement in the artistic world, created Raíces to teach those children their parents’ cultures through dance.

Performers include: Melissa Saldaña, Jackie Davis, Stephanie Davis, Adriana Hollis, Sophia Grisales, Isabella Grisales, Andrea Ramírez, Eva Wberth, Katie Hernandez, Paula Sulbaran, Daniela Verdoza Arias, and Andrea Verdoza Arias.

For information about classes or performance availability please contact Marti Rickman at (405) 209-4823

www.clipsnhips.com

 

 

   
 

Eterna Primavera

Eterna Primavera Guatemalan folklore group is led by Guatemalan dancer and choreographer Hilda De León Xavier. She has resided in Oklahoma for over 25 years and has had many kids as part of her group, the current group has been together for three years. Most members of the group have Latin-American roots given their parents come from countries such as Guatemala and Mexico.

Hilda originally formed the group to teach young girls and boys her own Guatemalan folklore. In a short amount of time, the group’s popularity and success has soared, and they have expanded their choreographies. The young group has performed in weddings and Quinceañeras events, as well as in many Oklahoma cultural events such as St. Patrick Catholic Church’s Carnival, Holy Angel Catholic Church Dia de Los Niños, United Nations association of Oklahoma, Guatemalan Independence Day, and Festival de las Americas. Performers tonight: Brenda Mazariegos, Nereida Maldonado, Janelly Reyes, Rachel Gramajo, Yeison Barrios, Kelvin Maldonado, Osbin Reyes, and Brender Bonilla. For more information about classes or performance availability please contact Hilda De Leon Xavier at liseth21@yahoo.co.in

 

 

   
 

Azuquita Cubana

Heather Burns (Director of Azuquita Cubana) studied in Santiago de Cuba with Cutumba Ballet Folklorico and performed professionally in Los Angeles with Juan Calvo Flores’s Stage of the Arts Productions. Over the past 20 years she has been very fortunate to study with many Cuban artists and mentors both in the U.S. and abroad. Heather enjoys working as an Oklahoma Arts Council teaching artist with children and adults.

If you are interested in her choreography for an event, party, wedding, etc. you can find her on Facebook at Joy Deluxe Dance by Heather Burns. Performers include: Heather Burns, Stacy Harris, Elisa Mendoza, Naisha Morris, Kamille Pitts, Jasmine Pitts, and Natasha Wolfe Germany.

 

 

 

McTeggart Irish Dancers of Oklahoma

The McTeggart School of Irish Dancing was established in 1939 in Cork, Ireland. The first director was Peg McTeggart, the eldest of four sisters, all of them champion dancers. The school soon spread throughout the whole of County Cork due to the efforts of younger sister Maureen McTeggart Hall, T.C.R.G. and A.D.C.R.G. In 1958 Maureen McTeggart Hall and her family immigrated to the United States, bringing with them the art of Irish Dancing and introducing it to the Western Region of the United States.

The McTeggart School of Oklahoma is the first accredited school in the state taught by T.C.R.G Rebekah Cassiday. The school has classes in Edmond and Stillwater and some of its students are National champions and world champions; it is also home to Miss Oklahoma and Miss America 1st runner up Betty Thompson who used Irish Dance as her talent winning her the talent competition at Miss America. The school has performed with Celtic Women, The Chieftans, The Elders, Natalie Mcmasters, and Eileen Ivers of River dance fame, and are thrilled to be here tonight to perform for you. Performers tonight: Eli Schmidt, Alexandra Mitchell, Hannah Cassiday, Hannah Crow, Paisley Roberts, Maisie Krodel, Mary Kate Krodel, Gretchen Russel, Luke Kesseler, Allyn Wilhelm, Abbey Broyles, Ellie Scioli, Lauren Thrasher, and Evie Sanchez.

For information contact Rebekah Cassiday at 405-659-0600 or rebekah.cassiday@gmail.com

 

 

 

   
 

Imelda Juarez Thompson

Imelda Juarez Thompson was born in Hermosillo Sonora, Mexico. Singer, fashion and costume designer. She grew up surrounded by music and fabrics which helped her to develop into the multi-talented artist she is today. Her love for Mexico has driven her to interpret traditional Mexican music. In addition to her music, she graduated from the Technology school SEC FED “Benito Juarez” as seamstress. In 1989 she graduated from High Couture School of Design at the Yaneem Institute in Baja California, Mexico. She extended her range into painting by studying at the Art Institute of America in 2001 incorporating her free hand painting and art on some of her costume designs. In 2010, one of her creations won first place nationwide for the sewing magazine Simplicity Company in New York City.

In 2019 she was nationally selected by the Embassy of Mexico in USA, SRE (Secretaria de Relaciones exteriores) and IME (Instituto de Los Mexicanos en el Exterior) as one of the embassadors and promoters of Mexican culture in Oklahoma.

For information about her singing or clothing design contact her at (832) 247-7678 or imeldajt305@gmail.com

 

 

   
 

Grupo Panamerica

The Grupo Panamerica was organized in 2014 and has participated in many parades and presentations at different Oklahoma City locations. The purpose of the group is to educate the public about the beautiful country of Panamá: including its folklore, music and culture. The Grupo Panamerica focuses on the teaching that with music and traditions we can unite the world and break down barriers. The group bears the name Panamerica since it is made up of the union of Panamá and the United States in America. Members Gilma Kernes and Joyce Thomas were born in Panamá and their daughters born in the United States, and for that reason it was given that name. They want their roots to continue for generations and hope to educate those around them about the beautiful culture and traditions of Panamá.

Performers include: Joyce Thomas, Kimberly Thomas-Cobb, Catherine Sandoval, Gilma Kernes, Amber Ramjak, and Aschley Melson.

 

 

   
 

Everything Goes Dance Studio

The Everything Goes Dance Studio is located at 1721 NW 16th St. in Oklahoma City, in the heart of the Plaza District. Shannon Calderon Primeau was founder of the Everything Goes Dance Studio for over 20 years. After her passing in 2015, her niece Erika Vasquez became the interim artistic director for 3 years. Vasquez passed the business over to the current owner and director Kelsey Faulk.

Everything Goes Dance Studio has served over thousands of students within the OKC community. The studio offers a variety of dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Specialty dance forms include Flamenco and Mexican Folklorico. The studio starts young dancers as early as 3 years old. Summer classes are available. We hope to see you dancing!

Performers include: Sophia Sanchez, Maria Cole, Sheralyn Faulk, Miranda Fair, Ashlee Harder, and Vanessa Flores.

 

 

 

 

 

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