RACE Dance Company members are professional dancers trained in multiple genres. Most of the dancers have graduated with a dance education or performance degree, work at local dance studios and choreograph for multiple performances across the country. Their involvement with RACE allows them to continue to train, choreograph and perform in Oklahoma.

 

Sheri Hayden

Company Member

Sheri graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts Degree in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University. She has been employed by Stiletto Entertainment to perform on Holland American Cruise Lines and has appeared on several television specials and commercials. She was also featured in Dance Spirit magazine for her involvement in a liturgical dance company. Currently, Sheri is a full company member of RACE Dance Company, where she has performed in several annual concerts. With RACE, Sheri also performed as a guest artist in Los Angeles in Adam Parson’s show +3, Quartets. Other performance credits include Home, Energy, Seven Last Words of Christ, The Variety Care Benefit Show, Grace Trumps, Vamp’d, Behind Closed Doors, The Racey Show, Hip Hop Nutcracker, The Girlie Show, and Raceless. In addition to performing, Sheri spends much her time teaching and choreographing in the Oklahoma City area. Her choreography credits include Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (CityRep/OCU), Meet Me in St. Louis (UCO), Evita (OCU), Brigadoon (OCU), The Oklahoma Senior Follies (OCCC), Broadway Bound (OCU), The Seven Last Words of Christ (Church of the Servant), and Grace Trumps (RACE). Sheri primarily teaches at Star Steps Dance, University of Central Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City University, where she directs a local tap company called Generations in Tap.

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Audrey Johnston

Company Member, RACE Company Manager

Audrey Johnston is thrilled to enter into her sixth year of dancing with RACE Dance Company. Along with the role of dancer, this year she is stepping into the position of Company Manager. Audrey began her training under Bryan Pitts and Viktoria Page of Ballet Oklahoma at the age of three. She furthered her training across the nation at many schools including the Joffrey School, the International Ballet Competition, Jillana, and Atlanta Ballet to name a few. Her hard work led her to an apprenticeship with Oklahoma City Ballet before graduating high school, and a Company Dancer position for the following five years, including Bryan Pitts’ and Robert Mills’ versions of The Nutcracker as Spanish, Chinese, and Dew Drop, Jacob Sparso’s The Wizard of Oz as the Wicked Witch of the West, and soloist roles in the contemporary works Zephyrus and Voila by world-renowned guest choreographers Helen Pickett and Jessica Lang respectively. She then joined RACE while completing her degree in Chemistry- Health Sciences at University of Central Oklahoma and graduating Magna cum Laude. With RACE, she has danced in guest pieces by the renowned Jeremy Duvall, Will Johnston, and Destini Rogers, among others. In 2016, she toured to Los Angeles dancing in a piece by Hui Cha Poos in the production +3, Quartets by Adam Parson’s Commonality Dance Company. She has had the great opportunity to choreograph on all three of Oklahoma City’s professional dance companies to critical acclaim. To supplement her love affair with dance, she has used her science degree to research tissue regeneration at Rice University, transgenics and corneal barrier function at OU Health Sciences Center, and the genetics of autoimmune diseases at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. She is now pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.

 
 

Cristen Whitaker

Company Member

A native Texan, Cristen received her training throughout the Fort Worth metro at Caron Moore Dance Productions, Dian Clough West Dance Studio, and Arlington Heights High School. After high school, Cristen relocated to Oklahoma to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. Furthermore, she graduated as Class Marshall of the College of Fine Arts and Design for her academic achievements.Currently she serves as the Assistant Director at Studio 5-6-7-8 in Yukon where she teaches and choreographs for recreational and competitive dancers. Cristen is also a third year member of RACE Dance Company and is so proud to continue her training in a professional atmosphere. She hopes to continue her growth and knowledge as a dancer to better lead and inspire the students she teaches. 

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Gina Marie Foxhoven

Company Member

Gina Marie Foxhoven's training and passion for dance started over twenty-years ago.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Central Oklahoma on scholarship with a Business Minor and Dance Major. She was awarded the F. Ann Shanks Top Dancer Award upon graduation. Gina’s Senior Capstone, “LIVE.D.EVIL,” was selected to compete with 150 dances at the American Collegiate Dance Festival, where it was chosen to perform in their Top-10 Final Gala as the closing number.  Gina was then asked to join the American Dance Festival. Some of her accolades include receiving a full scholarship to the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA and being named FOX News’ “Featured Dancer of the Year.” Recently, Gina choreographed, directed and performed in a music video for Good Morning America’s “Magic Mike XXL Competition” – which was broadcast on Live T.V., chosen as top-three in the Nation and highlighted in a special trailer by Warner Brother’s for the new movie’s release. She was also a featured dancer in hit recording artist Gilly-T's music video "I Love You," which debuted on MTV-Africa in 2017. Gina recently choreographed a short film titled "[dis]ability" which had its World Premiere in 2017 and will be screened at several film festivals worldwide in 2018. Currently, Gina enjoys working in commercial real estate, traveling for choreography & dance jobs, producing stage shows and teaching as a guest artist.  Gina’s credits include New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts, Casino Productions, College Dance Companies and internships in N.Y.C. and L.A. Additionally, Gina has created costumes for Box Talent Agency, and created choreography for and performed alongside members of The Pussycat Dolls, including Kaya Jones. The driving force in Gina's career is the never-ending support from her mentors, family, friends, students and most importantly, her Faith.  Gina has high-hopes for her life and won't stop dreaming, pursuing and achieving - while always staying true to her roots and remaining eager to learn from those around her. "Fall, Remain or RISE."

 
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Justyce James

Company Member

Justyce James has been dancing for 23 years. She began her training at Pauls Valley Dance Center in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.  She traveled and trained under a branch of other Dance Centers such as Sulfur Dance Center, Ardmore Dance Center, and frequently attended various dance conventions and competitions. Her passion continued through college, where she also took ballet and modern classes at The University of Oklahoma. For two years she trained under Werkshops Audition Pro for performance training to prepare for upcoming auditions, including RACE Dance COmpany. She is currently in her second year with RACE, and first year as a full company member.  She currently teaches for the studio where she began her training, by the name of Pauls Valley Dance Station. She is currently studying Kinesiology Exercise/Fitness Management at The University of Central Oklahoma in hopes to further her knowledge in how humans, athletes, and dancers move and how to prevent injury and appropriately fuel the body for top performance.

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Aubrey Wager

Company Member

Aubrey Wager has been studying and perfecting the art of dance for over twenty years. She has a strong background in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap and Modern. Following her free-spirited dream of expressing herself through the art of movement, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma in May of 2016. She was a member of UCO’s Kaleidoscope Dance Company for two years, where she not only collaborated with various teachers and guest artists from all over the world, but also performed in numerous company concerts, student showcases, and tour shows. Aubrey is currently in her fifth season as a professional performer with Oklahoma Showgirls, with whom she has performed in commercials, numerous shows, charity balls, fundraisers, holiday parties, special events, and more. She has been an innovative dance instructor at Tilt Dance Company for three years, where she has taught classes, choreographed solos/group numbers and prepared her students for recitals. Her studies of movement have contributed to a great familiarity and understanding of anatomical awareness and movement analysis, which has recently led her to Massage Therapy School at Likeminded Therapies, with an emphasis on Orthopedic Massage and Manual/Movement Therapy. She believes that the ability to adapt to any situation, be responsive to her students, and consistently discover new ways to communicate concepts is a pivotal aspect of transformative learning. As both a student and teacher of dance, she strives to create an environment that instills growth, creativity, confidence, patience, and knowledge as well as to establish a greater understanding and respect for dance as a refined art form. Aubrey is ecstatic to have the opportunity to perform alongside the talented members of Race Dance Company in their 10th year anniversary season!

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Daisy Cummings

Company Member

Daisy Cummings is deeply honored to launch her professional career with Race Dance Company Season X. Daisy has been expressing herself through the art of dance since she was three years old, beginning her life-long calling at Inciardi School of Dance. At Inciardi, she quickly blossomed under the tutelage of Suzanne Kem (a veteran performer who studied under the esteemed Lee Neil of the Cecchetti Council Italian Ballet). Daisy has dedicated her life to all genres of artistic movement, including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and specialties such as classic burlesque.  From an early age she demonstrated an aptitude for tap, jazz, and hip-hop, but developed a deeply-rooted appreciation of modern during her college years, and was a member of the University of Central Oklahoma's Kaleidoscope Dance Company for two years, headed by the stellar talents of Tina Kambour, Hui Cha Poos and Michelle Moeller. In addition, she has a well-rounded fine arts experience in musical theatre and drama, studying under Dr. Marilyn Govich in UCO's Musical Theatre Department and the late Pat Adams, and has performed with Broadway Theatre Project in Florida and with Lyric Theatre Oklahoma City. Daisy recently graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She has been sharing her love of the art and discipline of dance by teaching others since the age of 13, and is currently a dance instructor at Dance Etiquette in El Reno and a party instructor at Teaze Dance and Fitness in Oklahoma City. Daisy is devoted to the importance of the Arts, grateful for the muse of dance, and proud to be a part of this show.

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Sarah Henry

Company Member

Sarah Henry is ecstatic to be entering her sixth year with RACE Dance Company. While rehearsing the numerous of dance pieces for RACE, she also finds time to perform in local theatrical productions. Credits include: The Pollard Theatre - Bring It On (dance captain/Rich Girl #1/ensemble), The Producers (dance captain/ensemble), American Idiot (dance captain/ensemble), Evil Dead: The Musical (Cheryl), In The Heights (co-dance captain/ensemble), & Laughter on the 23rd Floor (u/s Carol & Helen); The Boom Boom Room - Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical (Debbie) & I Love Christmas with Lucy (ensemble); Reduxion Theatre - As You Like It (Phoebe) & Cabaret (dance captain/Rosie). She has had the chance to work with Oklahoma Filmmaker, Lance McDaniel, in Just Crazy Enough (Philbrook's Assistant) & O'Brother (Dusty). She would like to thank her RACE family, past & current members, for challenging & inspiring her growth as a dancer and person. We are not just a company; we are a community & a family.

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Christy Warmack

Performing Apprentice

Christy began her training at age 5 at a homeschooler’s ballet class in Oklahoma City. She received most of her training at Victory Dance in Warr Acres, Oklahoma where she also danced competitively for eight years. Starting her senior year in high school, Christy spent three years as a member of the Oklahoma City Barons Ice Girls. After high school, Christy attended the University of Central Oklahoma for Dance Performance, with a minor in Business Administration, where she received numerous dance and academic related scholarships, choreographed, and performed in several productions. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in December of 2016. She has a passion for teaching and helping her students succeed and reach their goals. Christy is thrilled to be a part of RACE Dance Company and believes in their mission to provide dancers with professional opportunities in the Oklahoma City area and to use their art to make a difference in the community. When Christy is not dancing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, baking, running her Etsy shop, and watching hockey.

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