‘Last Chance to Dance’ to Feature Student Choreographed Pieces

by News Bureau on Monday, Nov. 28, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 28, 2011 – Student choreographed dance pieces will be featured in the Theatre and Dance Second Stage Series event, “Last Chance to Dance,” scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

“Last Chance to Dance” allows students the opportunity to present work without an audition, according to Hilary Peterson, instructor of theatre and dance.

“The work can be a finished work, a work-in-progress or a project from choreography class,” she said. “There is no requirement to present work in this concert, so it allows all students the opportunity to showcase work for the first time.”

Most students performing will be theatre and dance majors, although students from other majors may participate. The show will include a large variety of styles “from tap, to ballet, to contemporary, to musical theatre, to hip-hop, to ballroom,” Peterson said. “We have even had a classical Mexican dance performed in the past.  Since the show is open to anyone, the range of styles is huge. I think this is one of the reasons why the show is so popular.”

“Last Chance to Dance” will feature solos, duets, trios and large groups, she added. “This performance has become more and more popular every semester because it is all students who are involved.  Students create the choreography, students are the performers, and students are responsible for running the show.  The pieces are quick and fun and energetic and allow the students to be a bit indulgent by showcasing work they might not do otherwise.  This show allows them to be experimental and try new things which leads to a lot of exciting moments on stage.”

“Last Chance to Dance” is a popular performance, Peterson said, adding last year the show drew more than 200 audience members each semester.

Peterson said audience members can expect a bigger and better show this fall “with 20-plus exciting new works created and danced by our extraordinary dance majors who are proving to be talented artists and performers.”

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. The performance may contain adult content.