Esteemed Choreographer’s Ballet Work to Highlight Southeast’s ‘Fall for Dance’


The annual “Fall for Dance” concert takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The returning favorite features original choreography by faculty, guest artists and students in Southeast’s Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, providing a variety of dance audiences enjoy. The concert will include an original contemporary ballet work by choreographer Kristopher Estes-Brown.

“This is a concert you don’t want to miss!  The faculty work is extremely engaging this year, and the work of Estes-Brown is simply beautiful,” said Hilary Peterson, coordinator of dance and associate professor. “We are presenting a variation of ‘The Sugar Plum Fairy’ from The Nutcracker as well as two pieces with live marimba accompaniment.”

Estes-Brown performed professionally with Milwaukee Ballet, Eugene Ballet/Ballet Idaho and Sacramento Ballet. He is currently the co-Artistic Director of the American Youth Ballet and co-founder of the choreography creation project known as Solstice Dance Project in his hometown of Kansas City.

“With a distinct musicality, Estes-Brown’s creation are wildly imaginative and highly designed,” Peterson said.

Estes-Brown has worked as a dancer, teacher, director, technical director, choreographer and consultant. He has choreographed more than 80 pieces for the American Youth Ballet ranging from full-length story ballets to modern and contemporary repertory pieces.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at