Dancers help make family’s ‘dream come true’

Four OCU students will be seen on ABC television network this weekend.

Jenna Jackson and Ali Rosenstein, dance pedagogy seniors; Chip Byars, dance performance junior, and Gracie Verkamp, dance performance sophomore, will appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 8/7 p.m. Central time Sunday.

Gracie Verkamp, Chip Byars, Jenna Jackson, and Ali Rosenstein in June on the set of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The show will be at 8/7 p.m. Central time on ABC.

The dancers filmed the show in June in Long Island, N.Y. after they were chosen to audition by Broadway Dance Center officials. The performers were summer interns at the dance center, 322 W. 45th Street, New York, N.Y.

About 30-40 performers auditioned for the show, but 12 were chosen, Jackson said.

“The family that the show was about were big fans of music theater,” she said. “We basically did a continuous music theater number while they were tearing down the house.”

Jackson said she enjoyed the experience.

“It was really neat to do two things I love to do at the same time,” she said. “I love dancing and helping people. It was cool to make the family’s dream come true.”

To watch a preview of the show visit the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition website.

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Student’s background inspires photos

Amanda Depee, photography freshman

Push the typical portrait photographs aside. Amanda Depree said she enjoys capturing the ‘odd’ and unconventional.

“I like to take photos,” the photography freshman said. “I kind of have an obsession with them.”

Depee reportedly shoots photos an average of four times per week.

Her latest project involves ballerinas in top hats and tutus in downtown Oklahoma City. The concept was inspired by her background as a dancer.

“I’m on the pom squad at OCU and I’ve danced all my life since I was 3,” she said. “I grew up in a studio dancing competitively here in Oklahoma.”

Depee wanted the photos to picture the ballerinas in an unexpected place.

“I wanted to take the photos of the dancers outside and in the city, not on a stage where they’re usually seen.”

The photos took 8-9 hours to shoot.

To see more photography by Depee, click here.