The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges to performing arts organizations worldwide, and Tulsa Ballet is no exception. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of the Tulsa community, Tulsa Ballet has made the difficult decision to reschedule Vendetta, a Mafia Story to March 2021 and cancel the December 2020 run of The Nutcracker. With the help of Board Certified Infectious Diseases physician Dr. Lauren Brett Jaggers, Tulsa Ballet will be holding socially-distanced performances this fall for subscribers.
Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education classes are now underway! After several months away, the Get Back to Dance program began July 27, following new guidelines for pick up and drop off, modified scheduling to aid with studio cleaning processes, and required mask usage. Fall enrollment is open, with classes in the studios at Broken Arrow and Brookside campuses, as well as virtual offerings.
Dancers, staff, students, and visitors to Tulsa Ballet’s facilities must follow strict protocols to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read about our safety protocols.
In response to COVID-19, we are restructuring our outreach programs for the 2020-2021 season. We have already begun working with some of our local school partners and will be adapting our current offerings as well as creating new opportunities for children to explore dance, music, and creativity in and out of the classroom through virtual and video mediums.
Tulsa Ballet provides meaningful arts experiences that enrich the quality of life in Tulsa. These arts experiences foster compassionate understanding, community engagement, enriched learning, and creative expression. Tulsa Ballet is determined to maintain its vibrancy, creativity, and relevancy so that when this crisis ends, we will still be here to provide the mental, physical, and emotional benefits of the performing arts and to bring joy to our community. You can ensure the future of Tulsa Ballet with a gift to the Critical Support Fund, and now your impact is doubled through a matching grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
With the support of our Ballet family, we know we will emerge from this crisis a better organization than before, stronger and more resilient, ready to continue fulfilling our mission and pursuing excellence in all we do.
MEET DR. JAGGERS | TULSA BALLET’S COVID CONSTULANT
In order to return to the theatre safely, Tulsa Ballet has consulted with Infectious Disease physician Dr. Lauren Jaggers of Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Jaggers is a Board Certified Infectious Diseases physician since 2008. She grew up
in Tulsa, Oklahoma, watching performances of Tulsa Ballet with her mother, a long time Tulsa Ballet’s Board Member, and her father, a dance enthusiast. She completed fellowships in Infectious Diseases as well as Health Research Design at Duke University. She is a former Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University in Infectious Diseases, Translational Medicine, and Genomic Science. Dr. Jaggers is now in private practice in Denver CO. She has written over 15 articles on Infectious Diseases topics (mainly viral infections) in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of 4 chapters in various books and has served as a consultant for the Department of Defense in the past. She is currently a consultant for COVID Consultants, LLC. She served as director of H1N1 pandemic response for Duke University Health Care System and University at large, as well as the North Carolina Veterans Health Care System. She served on the national committee for the Veterans Affairs Department pandemic response and has been a guest lecturer, on viral infections, at several international infectious diseases symposiums. Additionally, she has worked on the review board for the journals JAMA, AGS, and CID. During her career, she has been the awardee of over $2.8 million in funding grants for research on respiratory viral infections.