Fall Dance Concert to Hit Forrest H. Rose Theatre Starting Nov. 11

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 26, 2005– Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present its Fall Dance Concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and Nov. 18-19 in the Forrest H. Rose Theatre.

The annual Fall Dance Concert is a very highly anticipated and well-attended cultural arts event, and this year should be no different.  Audiences of all ages are sure to be thrilled by the eclectic mix of dance styles in this year’s concert.  Of the many different forms of dance in this year’s program, some include modern, jazz, ballet, swing, tap and hip-hop.

Choreographers in this year’s program include Hilary Peterson and Gil McNaughton, both new to the Department of Theatre and Dance this year, and Marc Strauss, a tenured faculty member at the University, as well as Heather Connell, a senior dance student from Manchester, Mo.  Some of the featured pieces include a tap number from the musical “No, No, Nanette,” which will be a very upbeat and fun, a 1920s style dance and a ballet from the musical “Brigadoon,” which has a definite Scottish flair, including traditional kilts. Also featured will be a more classical ballet piece, and a piece set to music by Manhattan Transfer, which will be extremely high energy with lots of movement and lifts.

An interesting piece called “Wash with Like Colors” explores what happens when an article of red clothing sneaks into an all-white load, and a sexy burlesque-style jazz number will have audiences wanting to get up and dance themselves.  Another, more modern piece, will be set to music by Swedish composer Daniel Nelson and will analyze the busy aspects of today’s culture and how we sometimes forget the little things in life that bring us joy.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $9 for faculty/staff and seniors, and $8 for students. Senior and student discounts are available in advance only; all seats will be $10 at the door.  The public is encouraged to buy their tickets early to this event, as it will fill up quickly.