Hui Cha Poos
Hui Cha Poos has been teaching and sharing her love of dance with students for over 20 years. She is currently an Instructor of Dance and serves as head of the Jazz Department at the University of Central Oklahoma. Hui recently earned a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from UCO and was the recipient of the John C. Westerman Award. Her experience with musical theater began in Oklahoma at Lyric with such shows as A Chorus Line and Peter Pan. She worked in Los Angeles and was seen in feature films such as “Batman & Robin” and “Happy Texas”. Her experience on stage includes being Micky & Minnie Mouse for several Disney premiers, being featured in a show with the Russian Imperial Circus, and sharing the stage with stars like Sandy Duncan, Ed Harris, Smokey Robinson, Paul McCartney & Busta Rhymes. Some video credits include Monifa, Candyman and choreography for Brian Mcknight. She has choreographed for OKC Thunder Girls, Pollard Theatre, OKC Philharmonic, OKC Summer Stock and many others.Hui co-founded Oklahoma Dance Alliance, OKLA Dance Connection, Groove Street Productions and is the creator/ director of Race Dance Company, the first Jazz/Hip Hop Dance Company in Oklahoma. Her hard work and dedication earned her the Vanderford Initiative Award given by President Betz of UCO.
Chanel Brown is a Personal Trainer and Dance/Fitness Instructor at various studios around Oklahoma City. She received a BS in Kinesiology from The University of Central Oklahoma. She was a member of the Pom Squad and also led the team as a captain for two years. While in school, she worked for National Dance Alliance where she had the opportunity to travel the country and teach dance instruction and choreography to dance teams. After college, Chanel moved to Panama City Beach, Florida to do an internship and was then given the chance to work in management for Sterling Resorts. There, she planned and implemented recreation activities for resort guest and led fitness classes. After moving back to Oklahoma City, she danced with RACE Dance Company for 3 years under the direction of Hui Cha Poos. She has experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness domains, enjoys all aspects of fitness and is eager to spread that passion to others!
Cristen Whitaker is a member of RACE Dance Company and the Assistant Director of Studio 5-6-7-8. For the past 6 years, she has been educating dancers of all levels and ages in multiple styles of dance. Cristen received a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and graduated as Class Marshall from UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design. Her dance training began at a young age and over the years she has studied in many different techniques which allows her to be such a versatile instructor. Additionally, her youth choreography has won many awards at regional and national dance competitions. She has also choreographed works on the members of RACE Dance Company such as “Tesselate”, “Cannibal”, and a dance film short “Affliction”. Cristen hopes to continue spreading her love and passion of dance through education and believes it should be accessible to all!
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 Degree in Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma in 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 spent the first five seasons of her career as a professional performer with Oklahoma Showgirls as well as a Special Events Host/Dance Instructor at Teaze Dance & Fitness, and a dance instructor at Tilt Dance Company. 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. Most recently, her interest in studying Dancehall has inspired her to help bring the Dancehall movement/culture to Oklahoma City.
Audrey is a professional dancer and teacher of twelve years in the Oklahoma City area and is currently a Company Member and the Company Manager of RACE Dance Company. She began her training at Ballet Oklahoma at the age of three and 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. She then joined RACE while completing her degree in Chemistry- Health Sciences at UCO. She has had the great opportunity to choreograph on all three of Oklahoma City’s professional dance companies to critical acclaim. She is now pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. She has taught ballet, jazz, and contemporary at numerous studios and set choreographic works at studios in Oklahoma City as well as at the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival.
Michelle Rambo has been teaching dance for 12 years, which includes styles of hip hop, jazz/funk, contemporary, jazz and tap. She has received several accolades for her creativity in choreography including awards for a contemporary routine in ‘Amongst Us’ and in hip hop routines ‘Elevator’ in 2009 and ‘She Ain’t Got’ in 2010. She received the Dance Spirit Magazine’s Video of the Month Viewer’s Choice Award for ‘She Ain’t Got’ in August 2010. In 2011, her high school hip hop class routine, ‘Do You Remember’, received the Dance Teacher Magazine’s Video of the Month Editor’s Choice Award. Her choreography recently won state in the hip hop pom category for Seminole High School in 2015.
Michelle has been fortunate to choreograph for the well-known professional Race Dance Company. She has choreographed national hip hop pom routines for McLennan Community College and University of Oklahoma (OU). She has taught at the American College Dance Association at Southeast Missouri State University and Anderson Indiana University and the Soul De Soul dance convention as a guest artist in Oklahoma City, OK. This summer Michelle will be teaching for the professional Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensive in Dallas, Texas. She’s excited to continue her dance faculty position in the Musical theatre department for the University of Oklahoma (OU).
Allison High received her BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010, where she is now an adjunct teacher. Allison is co-directing Kaleidoscope 2 this year, a pre-professional training company at UCO. She worked as a dancer on the film Yellow, which premiered at the deadCENTER Film Festival in 2012. In the summer of 2013, she traveled with Children of the Nation's to Uganda, Africa to teach dance at a children's orphanage.
Allison performed with RACE Dance Company for seven seasons. During this time, Allison worked with several renowned guest artists and had the opportunity to perform with the company in LA. Allison is so happy to teach dance at RACE the Space this summer!