Hui Cha Poos, Executive Director

Hui Cha Poos, Executive Director

Hui Cha Poos

Executive Director, Founder

Hui is the mother of two wonderful kids who keep her young.  In her spare time she shares her love of dance with others.  She has worked in the industry as a dancer, choreographer, producer, instructor and director in London, Japan, Korea, British Columbia and most of the United States.  Her experience with and love for musical theatre began in Oklahoma with the shows, A Chorus Line and Peter Pan.  She then worked in Los Angeles and can be seen in the feature films “Batman & Robin” and “Happy Texas”.  Other experience on stage includes playing Mickey & 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 Brian Mcknight. 

She has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma for over 10 years and is responsible for creating and developing their growing Jazz Department as well as being Coordinator of Oklahoma's only Dance Education program.  Her choreography spans multiple genres including Blu Cantrell, Culture Shock, The Pollard Theatre, OKC Philharmonic, Okc Summer Stock, Thunder Girls, Okc Ballet, OCU, UCO, NDA, Feature Film Swirl, Without a Face music video, and many more. Hui co-founded Oklahoma Dance Alliance, OKLA Dance Connection, Groove Street Productions and is the founder and director of Race Dance Company, the first professional Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop Dance Company in Oklahoma.  

 
Brandi Kelley, Co-Artistic Director

Brandi Kelley, Co-Artistic Director

Emily South

RACE Artistic Director

Emily South has been the Co-Artistic Director of RACE Dance Company for over three years. Before that, she was the director of Jr. RACE. She taught as an adjunct faculty member in the Dance Department at the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned her BFA degree in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in May of 2005 and went on to earn her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine in Choreography and Pedagogy.  She has taught at over 25 different universities as a guest artist. Currently, she is the head coach of Cameron University Dance team. This is her 9th year as owner and director of Southstar Dance Academy in Lawton Oklahoma, has been teaching dance for over 21 years, and loves every second of it.

 
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John Ariete

Men of RACE Artistic Director

 

 
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Allison High

Junior and Teen RACE Artistic Director

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 transition into the role of Junior and Teen Race Director!

Audrey Johnston

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 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.

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Austin Nieves

Men of RACE Co-Company Manager

Austin was born and raised in Moore, OK, with a life long passion for dance. He began training at the age of 4 in all styles and quickly found his niche in hip-hop, developing a strong foundation in popping, and earning the nickname Poptart. He is entering into his fourth year with RACE, adding the title of co-company manager of the Men of RACE, and has created a family of dancers for himself in the company. Along with being a part of several shows, he has also performed the role of the Nutcracker twice in the company's Hip-Hop Nutcracker. He has been blessed enough to grow up training and traveling the country taking from some of the biggest names in the industry. Austin learned the foundations and fundamentals of popping and breaking from the original innovators of the styles and techniques from other choreographers of other styles as well. He attends the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Business Legal Studies. He values the history and knowledge of dance just as much as the physical execution and aims to live his life on the quote "Live, don't just exist" and to further his dancing on the quote "dance is a shared knowledge".

 

Chris Shepard

Men of RACE Co-Company Manager

Chris Shepard is a fifth year member of the Men of RACE company. This year and in addition to dancing, he was asked to be co-company manager of the Men of RACE. He studies Dance Performance at the University of Central Oklahoma. While he is not in school, he teaches Hip Hop at Movement Innovations Dance Studio, Gravity Dance studio, Dance Unlimited and performs around the metro area. Chris trains in all aspects of the arts including acting and singing.  He has performed with Rhythmically Speaking for over sixteen years and  also has worked on stage with the Pollard Theatre. He cherishes being in the company to not only train with his “brothers of race” but also show others around them in his community that you have the chance to succeed as long as you are willing to put in the work to get there.

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