Southeast Dance Students Selected to Perform in ‘Dancing in the Streets’


danceCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 5, 2013 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance students have been selected to perform in “Dancing in the Streets” Sept. 21 in St. Louis for the fifth straight year.

The annual St. Louis dance festival is scheduled from 1-8 p.m. in the Grand Center in downtown St. Louis. The students will perform “Caffeinated,” a contemporary piece choreographed by guest artist Larry Keigwin from New York City. The piece will be performed at 1:30 p.m. on the Orange Stage.

Performing “Caffeinated” will be Sam Fink, Riley James, Leshay Mathis, Zak McMahon, Corey Meyer, Carol Saint-Amour, Connor Sullivan, Courtnee Walker and Garret Welker.

Keigwin originally choreographed the dance “Caffeinated” for New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and reset the work for Southeast’s students last spring for the Southeast Department of Theatre and Dance’s “Spring into Dance 2013” concert.

“This high energy piece explores the reality of a Starbucks on every corner and is a hilarious, jittery mix of aerobics, cheerleading, ballet and boxing,” said Hilary Peterson, Southeast instructor of theatre and dance.

The piece was selected by an evaluation committee of professionals from the Grand Center and will be performed alongside many professional dance companies from St. Louis and the surrounding area.

The free “Dancing in the Streets” festival includes food, a wide variety of dance and bands, and performances on three stages. This year, more than 60 local and regional dance compa¬nies with more than 1,000 dancers will be performing more than 24 different types of dance.

“Dancing in the Streets” is presented by the Grand Center, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting the arts in St. Louis. The event is free and will be held at the Grand Center at 3526 Washington Ave. in St. Louis.