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. RACE Dance Company is directed by Emily South and Brandi Kelley.
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.
Audrey Johnston is currently in her fifth season as a Company Member of RACE Dance Company. She started dancing at the age of three under Miss Viktoria Page of the Oklahoma City Ballet. After continuing her training at numerous intensives including Joffrey Ballet, Princeton Dance and Theater, and the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, she became an apprentice with Oklahoma City Ballet her senior year of high school. For the following five years, she was a full Company Member, performing many soloist roles in classical and contemporary ballets by Bryan Pitts, Robert Mills, Jacob Sparso, and world-renowned choreographers such as Jessica Lang and Helen Pickett. In 2012, she became a full time student at UCO studying Chemistry and Biology, awarding her the opportunity to join RACE. She has performed works by guest choreographers such as Jeremy Duvall, Malaya, and Will Johnston as well as touring to Los Angeles in 2016 to perform a work by Executive Director Hui Cha Poos alongside Adam Parson’s Commonality Dance Company. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, she became a Research Technician at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and continues to dance and choreograph for the company she now calls home.
Brooke Nagy was a Rockette for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2012. She then traveled the world, performing with Stiletto Entertainment on the Holland America Cruise Lines. Most recently, she is teaching at Encore Dance Centre and a member of RACE Dance Company.
She grew up dancing in North Carolina at the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts. Through training in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, gymnastics, and musical theatre, she was chosen to perform at the Charlotte Philharmonic Christmas Spectacular at the Blumenthal Theatre in NC in high school. She continued her training in Oklahoma City, where she graduated with her Bachelor in Performing Arts at Oklahoma City University. She was a dancer and line captain for the Christmas and spring productions with the Oklahoma City University American Spirit Dance Company and has toured with them, as well. She was a member of the Spirit of Grace Liturgical Company and Pep dancers at basketball games. She performed at the Oklahoma City Centennial next to stars such as Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, as well as for Sandra Day O’Connor. Right after graduation, she danced in a film, directed by Nick Cassavetes, and was in several local commercials. She plans to continue performing and teaching dance for as long as she can. Lastly, working for Triumph National Talent will allow her to continue sharing her passion for dance and passing on her knowledge of the art of dance.
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 second 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.
Gina Maria Foxhoven has been studying dance for over 20 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Central Oklahoma in Dance with a business minor on scholarship. She was awarded the F. Ann Shanks Top Dancer Award at UCO. 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 tv, chosen as Top 3 in the nation, and highlighted in a special trailer by Warner Brother's for the new movie's release.
Currently Gina enjoys traveling for choreography and dance jobs, producing stage shows, and teaching as a guest artist. Her credits include New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts, Casino Productions, College Dance Companies, and internships in N.Y.C. and L.A. She has also created costumes for Box Talent Agencys, and created choreography for and performed alongside members of The Pussycat Dolls, including Kaya Jones.
Justyce James grew up dancing in a small town studio by the former name of 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. Justyce has been dancing since she was 3 years old and still have the same passion for dance as a 25 year-old. She also took ballet and modern classes at The University of Oklahoma. The past two years she trained under Werkshops Audition Pro for performance training to prepare for upcoming auditions that included Race auditions.
This year is my first year as a Race Dance Company Performing Apprentice and it has been a wonderful experience and I hope to continue my journey as a Race dancer in the years to come. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and still have the same passion for dance as a 25 year-old. I currently teach for my original studio I was trained under, that now, goes by the name of Pauls Valley Dance Station. I have been teaching there since I graduated high school in 2010 and have thoroughly enjoyed watching our dancers grow up in the studio and into wonderful dancers. I currently study Kinesiology Exercise/Fitness Management at The University of Central Oklahoma in hopes to further my knowledge in how humans, athletes, and dancers move and how to prevent injury and appropriately fuel the body for top performance.