Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance to Perform in ‘Dancing in the Streets’

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 14, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance has been selected to participate in “Dancing in the Streets.” 

The third annual St. Louis dance festival is scheduled for 1-9 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Grand Center in St. Louis.  Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance will perform “Sonata” between 1 and 2:45 p.m. on the Washington Stage.

Hilary Peterson, a dance instructor and choreographer at Southeast, said, “‘Dancing in the Streets’ is an outdoor street festival in downtown St. Louis.  This will be a great event for recruitment and a great performance opportunity for our students.”

The free festival includes food and a variety of dancing and bands. Nearly 700 dancers will perform choreographed dances on and off four performance stages.

“The festival will take place on four outdoor stages throughout the Grand Center district highlighting approximately 50 dance organizations from the St. Louis area,” Peterson said. 

Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance submitted an application in May to participate in “Dancing in the Streets.”  The application included four dance pieces that were judged by professionals on choreography, and Southeast was chosen as one of the performing groups.  Theatre and dance students Camela Clem, McKenzie Gilliam, Nicole Halama and Jeanine Holtgrave will perform “Sonata,” choreographed by Dr. Marc Strauss, professor of theatre and dance at Southeast, to Bach’s Sonata No. 3 in C Major. 

Southeast’s Department of Theatre and Dance hopes to grab the attention of future theatre and dance students during their performance at “Dancing in the Streets,” Peterson said.

“By performing at this event, we are promoting our dance program and giving these audience members an opportunity to see the quality dance training we offer through highlighting our strongest dance students and our strongest faculty choreography,” Peterson said.  “This festival will help our department gain recognition in the St. Louis area as a viable place to study dance because seeing a company or school perform is one of the best ways to determine the type of training potential students will receive.” 

“Dancing in the Streets” is presented by 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.