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!
Heather Bryant Instructor, assistant
Heather Bryant is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where she studied dance for 5 years. In her time at UCO, Heather trained in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop. As a member of the UCO dance department she choreographed for and performed in multiple student and senior shows. She has performed in multiple numbers for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival since 2009. Since graduating, Heather has continued to take aerial and company classes with Perpetual Motion Dance. She has been an instructor at Studio 5678 for 4 years now and can’t wait to continue instructing there.
Meredith Jacob Instructor
Meredith Jacob began her dance training at age 9 in her home state of Georgia. She trained at Into the Light Ballet studio for 9 years in ballet, modern, contemporary, and tap, and taught for two years. She performed in several states with Project Dance, a community of dancers seeking to positively impact culture through artistic integrity. At age 16, she choreographed and performed a video solo to song “Oh My Soul” for Casting Crowns’ The Very Next Thing tour. She directed, choreographed, and performed with the Thrive dance team at Eagles Landing FBC. After graduating high school, she relocated to Oklahoma to join Arrows International — a professional dance company that uses artistry as a tool to spread the gospel. Meredith is currently in her second year with the company, and has performed in tours across the US and internationally including Costa Rica, Peru, and New Zealand, with upcoming performances in India and Japan this season. She has taught workshops in each destination in styles ranging from ballet and contemporary to jazz and musical theater, and has created choreography for Arrows International’s repertoire. She is performing this season in The Promise, a large scale production in Glen Rose, Texas. Her passion is to use the art of dance to speak into the hearts of others, and plans to continue engaging new cultures internationally. Her goal is to create a safe, encouraging environment for students to grow in creativity, expression, skill, and joy.
Cristen Whitaker Assistant Director
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 member of RACE Dance Company; she performs as a professional dancer and choreographs for select company shows. She hopes to continue her growth and knowledge as a dancer to better lead and inspire the students she teaches
Josh Okpara Hip hop instructor
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.
Ellie (she/her) is originally from San Antonio, Texas, with a life long history of performing. Her dance background varies from Mexican Folklorico to cheer-leading, to Musical Theater. Other styles she has done include hip hop, contemporary, ballet, tap, and jazz. Performing and creating works that move from a place of purpose and community while creating a culture of consent and safety are some of her passions, no matter which project she is working on. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Musical Theatre, and is currently working towards her 200 hour yoga certification. She is also continuing her journey in Intimacy Direction training while cultivating a sense of consent and safety within each artistic process. One of her communities is within the YMCA where she was able to create a program for school age kids called Musical Fitness, encouraging kids to get up and move! Ellie has choreographed for some local productions of Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, and Ghost the Musical. Some of her favorite performance credits include LIZZIE and American Idiot! Ellie is stoked to share her passion for art and expression at Studio 5678!