Debra Doran-Vossen, Artistic Director for Central Oklahoma Ballet, began her dance training at the age of five with Virginia Dove Ramsel. She also received training from Yvonne Chateau, Miguel Terekow, Maria Tallchief and Victoria Leigh. She has studied with Ballet Oklahoma, Ballet West, Star Danias, Douglas Wassell in New York City, and abroad with the Royal Dublin City Ballet in Ireland. Debra earned her BFA in ballet from the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of the ballet company now called Oklahoma Festival Ballet.
Debra has successfully owned and operated her own dance studio for over 20 years in Yukon, Oklahoma. Her students have received dance scholarships from Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Wichita State University and Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. Many of her students are currently in professional companies, as well as choreographing and teaching. Debra has directed the Central Oklahoma Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker since its inception as the Yukon Civic Ballet in 1993.
Debra has a strong commitment to promoting arts and culture in Central Oklahoma. She continually hosts ballet guest artists, and she has coordinated community art shows, community theatre performances and “Music under the Stars.” She is a past president of both the Yukon Art League and Old Central Culture Council. Her goal is to create an enriching and supportive environment for the arts.
Assistant Artistic Director
Our Assistant Artistic Director is Stephanie Currey, who has served in this position for several years and is a teacher at the Doran-Vossen School of Dance. She is also Assistant Director of Programs for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
Board of Directors
The Central Oklahoma Ballet Company is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Nutcracker is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.