Reaching Diverse Communities Through Social Dancing in Shawnee

How do you bring different parts of a community together in Shawnee? Most larger metropolitan areas have not figured this out. Therefore, Shawnee is no different.

In February, a business professor at Oklahoma Baptist University achieved this goal by offering beginner lessons to all on Bison Hill.

When you start talking about ballroom dancing, everyone thinks about the ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars that pairs up celebrities with professional dance partners in an intense ballroom competition. The show features every type of ballroom and modern dance. Many people, especially women, are interested in learning to ballroom dance.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Dr. Daryl D. Green, OBU Dickinson Chair and associate professor at OBU offered a social dance bootcamp, basic ballroom dancing and Latin dancing, through Gordon Cooper Technology Center. During the day, Dr. Green teaches a variety of business courses and offers free consultations to local businesses and non-profit organizations. Some people call him the dancing doctor. He and his wife Estraletta have several years of social and competitive ballroom dance experience.

The event was a hit. More than 60 people participated in the event that day. It exceeded the expected attendance for that day. People in the area are looking for dancing venues like this event. Dr. Green explains, “I enjoy bringing people together. There are many things that can divide a community like social standing, education, race, politics, and religion. However, music and dance are the most effective mechanisms I have seen to bring diverse people together. I tell my students that diversity is not a melting pot. It’s really Louisiana gumbo. All ingredients matter in good gumbo.”

Dr. Green, a Louisiana native, moved to Oklahoma in 2016 after 27 years of being an engineering manager with the Department of Energy in Tennesse. He loves to support dance education in the community. The first time this event was held at OBU, it attracted over a hundred people. Dr. Green explains the contribution of African-Americans to music and dance. Dr. Green explains, “Like arts in America, ballroom dancing has been influenced heavily by African Culture. Most people don’t understand this point. For example, swing dancing in ballroom studios is very popular. Yet, modern swing came from the Lindy Hop. Lindy took Harlem by storm in the 1920s during the height of the Harlem Renaissance.”

Dr. Green hopes that these types of social events will build community relationships. Dr. Green notes, “Music and dance bring people together regardless of their backgrounds. I am hopeful that we, as a community, can come together to better our community through collaborative efforts. If folks with varying backgrounds and ages can dance together on a dance floor, I don’t understand why people can’t come together to support economic development and improvements in our own community.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Daryl Green at or call him at 405-585-4414.

About Dr. Green:

Dr. Daryl D. Green is a popular and respected researcher and author that has been acknowledged internationally. Dr. Green is now the Dickinson Chair at the Oklahoma Baptist University. He productively writes online blog and column. In addition, his quotes can be easily found in various media outlets in the United States, which include BET, Ebony, Associated Press, and USA Today. Dr. Green decided to retire from his position as a senior program manager in the federal government in 2016. For more than 20 years, Dr. Green has helped both organizations and individuals to make the right decisions through his columns, seminars, and lectures.

Dance Party: Tribute to Black Music in America


Put on your best 70’s attire and join us to dance the night away!

Dr. Daryl Green presents the 70’s, 80’s & ‘More’ Dance Party: A Tribute to Black Music in America. Join us on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the Geiger Center Ballroom, OBU. Entry is FREE! Donations are requested to support the African American Scholarships in Business College.

This event will feature:

  • OBU Big Horn Band
  • Group Dance Lessons – Swing & Hustle
  • Prizes
  • 70’s Costume Theme

For more information, please contact Dr. Green at

2020 Black History Month Program


86259992_3060753330622664_6247529303584538624_oJoin us to enjoy the 2020 Black History Month Program sponsored by the Dickinson College of Business. This dynamic event will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 10am at Oklahoma Baptist University

Our speaker of the hour will be Andre Head, President of The Coltrane Group. He will be speaking on the topic: Black Wall Street and Black Towns: Economic Development in Black Communities