‘Boots & Ballet’ dances for Yukon’s Nutcracker

Live music, silent auction, two-step lessons featured at Yukon Czech Hall

Central Oklahoma Ballet volunteers help with the Friday night “Boots & Ballet” inside Yukon Czech Hall: From left, Board Member Sam Sims, Chad Overton and Dan Vossen. Overton’s wife Allie is Central Oklahoma Ballet’s board president. Vossen’s wife Debra is COB’s artistic director. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Central Oklahoma Ballet welcomed supporters for its first spring “Boots & Ballet” benefit April 14 inside Yukon Czech Hall, 205 N Czech Hall Road.

Highlight was a performance by local Central Oklahoma Ballet dancers to the songs “Hoe Down” and “Oklahoma!” They were directed by Debra Vossen, COB’s longtime artistic director.

A silent auction featured a Lake Eufaula weekend retreat, Nutcracker wall pictures, local distillery private tour, floral arrangement, gift baskets, and Czech pottery, along with a wide variety of gift certificates/cards – for cupcakes, trapeze yoga classes, haircuts, restaurant dining, and more.

Boots & Ballet included a wine pull, live country and western music by the Wilton O’Neal Band and two-step lessons led by country dance instructor Anthony Clark.

The event raised funds to help Central Oklahoma Ballet cover production costs of the 2023 “Nutcracker.” Performances will be Dec. 2-3 at the Yukon Fine Arts Center, 850 Yukon Ave.

To support local ballet and Yukon’s Nutcracker, visit http://www.centralokballet.org

Silas and Jamie Terrell hit the dance floor at historic Yukon Czech Hall for Central Oklahoma Ballet’s “Boots & Ballet,” a benefit for the 2023 Yukon Nutcracker production. The Wilton O’Neal Band performed live country and western music. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Central Oklahoma Ballet Board President Allie Overton and Treasurer Chris Day welcome guests to the “Boots & Ballet” Yukon Nutcracker benefit. Day performs the role of Godfather Drosselmeyer in the popular Christmas holiday production. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Bandleader Wilton O’Neal (left) chats with Central Oklahoma Ballet volunteer David Hodgkinson during a music break at “Boots & Ballet.” (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Central Oklahoma Ballet dancers performed at “Boots & Ballet” to two songs, “Hoe Down” and “Oklahoma!” after weeks of rehearsals. Audiences will see them again this December in Yukon’s Nutcracker performances. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Country dance instructor Anthony Clark leads a two-step lesson. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Central Oklahoma Ballet artistic director Debra Vossen and volunteer Bridget Patterson. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)
Central Oklahoma volunteer Phil Carson mans the wine pull table. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)