‘Last Chance to Dance’ to Feature Student Choreographed Pieces

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 30, 2010 – Student choreographed dance pieces will be featured in the Second Stage Series event, “Last Chance to Dance,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Donald C. Bedell Performanc Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

“Last Chance to Dance” allows students the opportunity to present new choreographic work, many of whom have never before presented their work on stage.  The concert is a place where students can experiment with choreography and try new ideas giving them a place to develop new creative avenues along with their own artistic voice, according to Hilary Peterson, creator and organizer of the performance.  

Students from a variety of majors will perform at the event, which will include pieces from several different dance styles, including hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and tap.  In the spirit of creativity, some pieces may be performed in silence or to spoken text instead of music.  Because of its informal nature, “Last Chance to Dance” also has minimal technical elements so the focus is on the choreography being presented. 

“Last Chance to Dance” is also a second dance performance opportunity for students.  “Dancers rarely get the opportunity to perform a solo, so if they want to get on stage aloneand show the audience their strengths and abilities, this is their chance to do so,” Peterson said.

“Last Chance to Dance has become a big draw. Each concert is totally new and different,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Last spring we had over 250 people attend.” 

“It is a fun, exciting and energetic night of dance where young artists showcase their talent and the audience enthusiastically supports them in their endeavor,” Peterson said.  

The event is free and open to the public. The performance may contain adult content.