OKLAHOMA YOUTH DANCE CONNECTIONS
Board of Directors and Instructors
Joy Summers-Ables, President
When she’s not wearing the hat of Director of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Library, Joy Summers-Ables’ passion is her family and dance. Joy found her love for partner dancing, along with her husband, in 2000. Since that time she has been active in the dance community as a social and competitive dancer, placing multiple times in the top five at the United Country Western Dance Council Worlds competition.
She LOVES dancing and wants to contribute to raising awareness and accessibility of couples dancing for youth in Oklahoma. The future of couples dancing lies in inspiring our youth, and providing opportunities that will have a lasting impact for them as individuals, and for the dance community. Joy is a founding Board member of USA Dance of central Oklahoma.
Pamela Craven Hamilton, Vice President
Pamela is a Cardiologist at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital and founding Board Member of USA Dance of Central Oklahoma. She is a DanceSport athlete and shares numerous national titles with her husband Steve. She and Steve have been long time supporters of youth dancers and share the dream of seeing Oklahoma Youth develop their artistry and athletic skills in this lifetime sport of true gender equality.
Steve Hamilton, Secretary/Treasurer
Steve is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Oklahoma Colleges of Pharmacy (Section of Pharmacy Practice) and Medicine (Section of Cardiology). He is the founding President USA Dance of Central Oklahoma and continues to serve in that capacity. He and his wife are DanceSport athletes and compete in the Senior division of USA Dance and have meddled in all skill levels in the American Style, smooth and rhythm, and are now beginning competitors in the International Standard. Their dream is to bring affordable ballroom dance instruction to the youth of Oklahoma.
Darren Fernandez, Program Coordinator and Dance Professional
Fernandez, a professional instructor for over 20 years, is a co-owner of DZP Productions Inc. which created Savoy and 3Sixty. Trained by several Latin World Champions including Corky and Shirley Ballas, Fernandez holds numerous career titles. Some include American Star Ball Open Professional Latin Champion, Miami Grand National Champion-American Rhythm, Fred Astaire National Closed International American and Latin Championships, and many others.
Dancing since the age of five, Fernandez studied in jazz, tap, flamenco, Mexican folkloric, clogging, square dancing, and international Latin, American rhythm and smooth. Being the choreographer of the swing dancers' halftime show of Super Bowl XXXIII featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Gloria Estefan, was a major highlight of his career.
Shelby Rothell, Instructor
Shelby Rothell is a professional dancer and choreographer. She studied dance at the University of Central Oklahoma where she was student rehearsal Director for Kaleidoscope Dance Company.
Shelby spent her childhood dancing, performing, and competing in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance. She began teaching at the age of 15.
After leaving UCO, she began her career in ballroom dance. She competed in National Dance Council of America sanctioned events winning American Smooth Rising Star titles. She was a National Rising Star Smooth finalist, and a World Open Smooth semifinalist.
In her 30+ years of professional dancing, Shelby has been a guest artist with Oklahoma Arts Institute, Oklahoma Museum of the Arts, Lyric Theater, Oklahoma Philharmonic, Oklahoma University, University of Central Oklahoma, and many public schools.