Southeast Dance Major Awarded Scholarship to Attend Prestigious Summer Dance Intensive

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Connor Sullivan, right, appears in a Southeast Fall for Dance concert.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, March 30, 2015 – A Southeast Missouri State University senior dance major has a bright future ahead of him, so much so his talents caught the attention recently of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

Connor Sullivan of Lampe, Missouri, recently was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend the Ruth Page Center for the Arts four-week Summer Dance Intensive. Sullivan was selected for the award after attending an audition March 7 in Southeast’s River Campus Dance Studio hosted by Victor Alexander, the director of the Ruth Page School of Dance in Chicago.

Sullivan is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance and a Bachelor of Science with a major in human environmental studies, fashion merchandising option.

Sullivan has danced works by guest artists José Limón, Gus Girodano, Sam Watson and Larry Keigwin.  He has danced in numerous Fall for Dance and Spring into Dance performances as well as represented Southeast at the National Dance Week Celebration in St. Louis.  He also has performed at the American College Dance Association Central Region Conference.

“Connor is a very talented individual who has great dance potential,” said Hilary Peterson, assistant professor and coordinator of dance at Southeast. “His movement quality is strong yet supple and he picks up movement very quickly.  He was awarded the scholarship due to his vast improvement in the past year and his strong work ethic.

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Connor Sullivan, left, will attend the Ruth Page Center for the Arts four-week Summer Dance Intensive.

The intensive is nationally recognized and predominantly ballet with jazz and modern/contemporary included in the class schedule, according to Peterson.

“This scholarship speaks to both the dance training Connor has received while at Southeast Missouri State University as well as his hard work and dedication,” she said.

The summer intensive at the Ruth Page School of Dance June 22-July 17 offers four weeks of dance training. With internationally renowned master teachers, the program provides appropriate dance technique classes designed to provide far-reaching improvement for each student. Focus is placed on developing the whole dancer by offering classes according to level in ballet technique, pre-pointe, pointe, variations, pas de deux, modern, contemporary, jazz, character, Pilates, Afro-Cuban and muscle awareness.

The Ruth Page School of Dance is “a dance destination in Chicago and has been training professional dancers for more than 40 years,” Peterson said.

The auditions held at Southeast focused on ballet and contemporary dance. Auditions were open to the public and all area dance students who were at least 10 years old. Those interested had the opportunity to participate in a professional-level audition in Cape Girardeau for a “very prestigious summer dance training program” without traveling to St. Louis or another large city to audition, Peterson said.