Department of Theatre and Dance Selected to Perform in ‘Dancing in the Streets’ for Second Straight Year

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 13, 2010 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance professor Philip Edgecombe’s “The Question of Numbers” has been selected to be performed in “Dancing in the Streets.”

The fourth annual St. Louis dance festival is scheduled from 1-9 p.m. on Sept 25 at the Grand Center in St. Louis. “The Question of Numbers” will be performed on an outdoor street stage.

The free festival includes food and a wide variety of dance and bands. Fifty dance companies will be performing choreographed dances on four stages. Nearly 700 dancers from the St. Louis area will participate.

The Department of Theatre and Dance submitted a DVD application in May of the pieces they wished to perform. A panel of professional choreographers reviewed the applications, and the piece was chosen from a number of submissions.

Choreographed by Edgecombe, choreographer and instructor of theatre and dance at Southeast, “The Question of Numbers” is a modern contemporary work about the effect past relationships can have on a couple. The piece was performed at Southeast in April as part of an ensemble in “Spring Into Dance 2010” at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.

According to Hilary Peterson, Southeast instructor of theatre and dance, “Barring any complications, the same students that performed in the spring dance concert will be performing in St. Louis. It’s a great opportunity for these students to get experiences outside of Southeast.”

Performing in St. Louis allows the Department to showcase their strongest students and faculty, she said. It is also an opportunity for current students to enrich their personal experience by exposing them to a variety of nationally acclaimed chorographers and dancers. The festival gives students the chance to learn in a completely different atmosphere, Peterson said.

“Dancing in the Street’ is also a way for Southeast to promote its dance program and catch the attention of future students, she added.

“Dancing in the Streets” is presented by the Grand Center, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts in St. Louis. The event is free and will be held at 634 N. Grand Blvd. in St. Louis.