Our instructors

Tracie Poege

Tracie Poege

Studio 5-6-7-8 is owned and directed by Tracie Poage. Tracie began her dance training at the age of four at Encore! Dance Studios, Inc. in Stillwater, OK. She then went on to teach and choreograph at Encore! while earning a degree in Family Relations and Childhood Development at Oklahoma State University.

Tracie has competed and studied at Dance Caravan and Tremaine Dance Conventions for the past 20 years, where she was awarded 1st tap duet, 1st tap line, and 1st tap production three times. She was also a member of a nationally ranked dance team and a UDA All Star. She has continued to coach and choreograph for many dance teams that achieve high levels of success. In 2014 her dance company received many awards including: 3 choreography awards, an entertainment award, several regional 1st place trophies, and top 5 at nationals.

She and her faculty bring a unique opportunity to Yukon for dance enthusiasts. Tracie is very dedicated to her students and strives to provide an exciting, fun, and positive dance experience for children, adults and families. Our support staff and teachers are equally experienced and are required to attend various conventions and workshops throughout the year in order to provide your child with the most up-to-date and innovative material, while also displaying confidence, maturity, and knowledge on a truly professional level.

The studio continues to grow and provides dance and tumbling education to more than 300 students in Yukon, Mustang, El Reno, Bethany, and Edmond. Studio 5-6-7-8 was also proud to be voted Yukon’s Best Dance Studio several years in a row!

Melissa Motte

Melissa Mott is a 23 year old Senior BFA Dance Performance Major at UCO. She was born and raised most of her life in California. She has been dancing for 16 years and has taken classes from Derrick Minter, Jessica Riemer, Andrew Palermo, Loretta Livingston, Pilobolus Dance Company and many more. She is also apart of UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company. She has experience teaching competitive and recreational jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and technique classes. When she graduates in May 2014, she would like to join a company and dance professionally.

Craig Corbitt

Craig has been dancing in the Hip Hop world for 11 yrs. Craig has taught at 3 different dance studios in California, Washington, and Oklahoma. He started a hip-hop group called HYPE that traveled all over the world performing routines in some of the largest venues around and taught dance workshops. He also used to dance for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Craig has vast experience in break dancing, popping, krumping, and hip-hop choreography. Craig’s goal is to get young people into the art of break dancing in a way that will give them confidence and wow people everywhere they go!

Kelli Smith

 

Jaci Smith

Elizabeth Van Horn

Originally from Oklahoma City, Elizabeth graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance and BA in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Elizabeth began her dance training under CeCe Farha and Kimberly Loveridge. As a member of UCO’s pre-professional company Kaleidoscope Dance Company for four years, Elizabeth was privileged to work with multiple guest artists such as Kiki Lucas, Adam Parson, Edwin Olvera, Masayo Yamaguchi, Loretta Livingston and others. Throughout her education, she has maintained a 4.0, qualifying her for the President’s Honor Roll and graduating summa cum laude. Since graduating, Elizabeth teaches dance around the Oklahoma City area and in the future hopes to obtain her masters degree in dance so that she may teach at a university

Ashlyn Rudd

Ashlyn Rudy is a 19 year old sophomore pursuing her BFA in Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma and has been dancing 16 years training in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, and tap. She danced competitively for 8 years. She is also a part of UCO Kaleidoscope Dance Company and an apprentice for RACE Dance Company. She’s trained with Emily Shock, Destini Rogers, Matt Luck, Hui Cha Poos, Kim Loveridge, and many more. She has experience teaching recreational jazz, contemporary, technique, and ballet classes. Upon graduation, she plans to dance professionally.

Cristen Whitaker

Cristen Whitaker has been dancing for over 17 years. She began her training at Caron Moore Dance Productions in Benbrook, Texas where she was formally trained in jazz, ballet, tap, pointe, and lyrical. She also attended many competitions, conventions, and dance trips with her studio. Cristen continued her dance training with her studio as well as at Arlington Heights High School, which she graduated from in 2009.

After high school, Cristen moved from Texas to attend the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a junior Dance Performance Major where she continues her training in the styles of ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop. In the fall, she will begin her 3rd year of performing as a member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Cristen will graduate from UCO in 2013 and plans to continue her performing career afterwards.

Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller is a Graduate student at the University of Central Oklahoma.

She has been cheerleading and tumbling for the past 13 years. In her years of cheer, Natalie and her teammates have earned multiple NCA national titles at the high school, collegiate and All-Star levels. In her 5 years of coaching, her teams have been national title holders as well. After she graduates, the cheer and tumbling world will still hold a special place in her heart and continue to be a part of her life.

Heather Rosebeary

Heather Rosebeary is a soon to be graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. She has trained in modern, tap, ballet, jazz, and hip hop at UCO. Heather has also trained in aerial with Perpetual Motion Modern Dance Company. She has performed and choreographed in countless student and senior shows while at UCO. She has also performed in the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance festival for 4 years. Heather has taken several master classes including but not limited to classes with Kiki Lucas, Loretta Livingston, Pilobolus, and River North dance.

Joshua Okpara

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, Joshua Okpara has always been a student of dance. Heavily inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, Usher, Mr. Wiggles and many others, Joshua has been dancing for about 12 years. Over that span of time, it has allowed him to pick up many different styles of dance such as housing, popping, locking, voguing, breakdancing, tectonic and eventually drew him to create his own jazz funk and hip hop choreography. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he was involved with many multicultural associations on campus, performing at Alpha Kappa Delta Phi’s invASIAN showcase from 2009-2011, OUIS India Nite 2010 at Norman High School, while also guest performing with his crew, Band of Misfits, at the first annual Kollaboration Tulsa. While in school, he taught hip hop classes at the Houston Huffman Recreational Center for the student dance community called Crimson Beat. Later that year, he performed at OU’s Sooner Dance Company Spring Show. Being a crew member and artistic director of Band of Misfits has allowed Joshua much dance growth. Joshua has competed in international dance competitions such as World of Dance, and auditioned for MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6 in Houston and season 7 in Chicago. Riding the wave of dance, these passions brought him overseas to share his gift, giving him the opportunity to tour in Germany with a non-profit organization called H.Y.P.E (Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence). Since then, he continues sharing his art with people ranging from upcoming artists to fashion designers, while teaching classes at Studio 5-6-7-8 located in Yukon, Ok.