The Beat of the Drum begins tonight.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Gregory’s University presents its spring performance, The Beat of the Drum. The final show of the season features dances choreographed by St. Gregory’s University faculty members, students and special guest choreographers. The pieces share one common theme – rhythm.


The Beat of the Drum opens at 8 p.m. this evening with an encore performance the following night at St. Gregory’s University in the Sarkeys Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and $5 for children and can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to each performance. For more information, or to order tickets online, visit


“All dances have rhythm in them,” said the Performing Arts Chair and choreographer, Dr. Jessica Van Oort. “It’s a very broad theme and it gave our students a chance to be creative in preparing pieces that focused on beat and rhythm.”


From the body percussion Sole Rhythm to the lively battle between a tap-dancer and drummer in Common Rhythm. Closing with the 1930s jazz-themed, Harlem Nocturne, prepared by aerial director and choreographer Amy Nevius, the audience will be on the edge of their seats with their toes tapping throughout the evening.


Albert Bostick Jr., a member of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, will take the stage between scenes during The Beat of the Drum.


“Last semester we included several monologues between scenes that really helped us to round out the show. This semester Albert is putting together drum interludes that will involve poetry and storytelling to set the scene for the next piece,” said Van Oort.