Originally founded in 1993 as the Yukon Civic Ballet,
The Central Oklahoma Ballet Company had humble beginnings—starting with only
a few dancers,
budget and performances
confined to a small venue.
audiences, contributions, and sponsorships have grown, enabling the ballet
company to move to a larger venue—the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium—and bring in
professional dancers for principal roles. We’ve also been able to expand
our costume inventory and enhance our sets and special effects. As support
for the production has grown, the board has expanded its vision of bringing the
beauty of dance to neighboring communities, and as a result, became the Central
to enhance the cultural life of
through the beauty of classical dance
and the magic of
theater. Our goal
has been to develop local talent and provide a professional forum for local
dancers while exposing children of all walks of life to classical ballet, and to
do so at an affordable price. This annual holiday event provides a unique
opportunity for the local dancers to perform with national and international
professionals—much to the delight of audience members.
Our goal is to
provide this cultural treat at the lowest cost possible to reach out to the
whole community. In order to do this, we depend on many great
supporters—businesses and individuals—to raise the thousands of dollars it costs
to put on a first class production.
Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Kerr Foundation and Bank of Commerce
The Central Oklahoma
Ballet Company received grants from the Kerr Foundation and the Oklahoma Arts Council to help support
the 2011 Nutcracker production, in addition to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Bank of Commerce. We appreciate their support.
Before and after
each Nutcracker performance, and during intermission, our Ballet Boutique is
open, offering enchanting ballet and nutcracker items.
Our growing audience
is a great place to promote your business or organization. We offer
advertising in our commemorative program at affordable rates, and program
recognition for our sponsors. Please contact us to learn more.
How to Contact Us
For more information
on tickets for this year’s production, or sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 production, please contact us:
• By phone:
• By fax:
• By mail: 519
Maple Street, Yukon, OK 73099
• Email us at
Doran-Vossen, Artistic Director for Central Oklahoma Ballet, began her dance training at the age of five with Virginia Dove
Ramsel. She also received training from Yvonne Chateau, Miguel Terekow,
Maria Tallchief and Victoria Leigh. She has studied with Ballet Oklahoma, Ballet
West, Star Danias,
Douglas Wassell in New York City, and abroad with the Royal Dublin City Ballet
in Ireland. Debra earned her BFA in ballet from the University of Oklahoma
where she was a member of the ballet company now called Oklahoma Festival
has successfully owned and operated her own dance studio for over 20
years in Yukon, Oklahoma. Her students have received dance scholarships
from Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet,
University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Wichita State University
and Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Many of her students are currently in
professional companies, as well as choreographing and teaching.
Debra has directed
the Central Oklahoma Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker since its inception
as the Yukon Civic Ballet in 1993.
has a strong commitment
to promoting arts and culture
in Central Oklahoma.
She continually hosts ballet guest artists, and
community art shows, community theatre performances and “Music under the Stars.”
is a past president of both the Yukon Art League and Old Central Culture
Council. Her goal is to create an enriching and supportive environment for
Assistant Artistic Director is Stephanie Currey, who has served in this position
for several years and is a teacher at the Doran-Vossen School of Dance. She is
also Assistant Director of Programs for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
Our Board of Directors
The Central Oklahoma
Ballet Company is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors, led by President
Patti George. The
Nutcracker is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council
and the National Endowment for the Arts.