CAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, March 19, 2015 – Four hundred dancers will converge at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus for the American College Dance Association Central Conference March 21-24.
“The organization felt that Southeast and the River Campus were a good fit for the conference in regards to faculty, staff, student volunteers and facilities. It is an honor to host a nationally recognized conference,” said Hilary Peterson, assistant professor and coordinator of dance at Southeast.
Guest artists for the conference are Ashley Tate of St. Louis, Alex Blitstein of Los Angeles, Nan Giordano of Chicago and Kameron Saunders of Kansas City, Missouri.
The conference allows students from several states to come together and network with each other and outstanding guest artists. The students learn from faculty presentations as well as take classes in styles they most likely don’t get at their school, according to Peterson.
“We have planned four days jam packed with dance and we are very excited to bring dancers from across the region to the River Campus,” Peterson said.
Over the course of four days, students will take dozens of dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, hip hop and other styles with artist-scholars and have their choreography and performances adjudicated by nationally recognized dance professionals in formal and informal concerts.
The conference allows each school to bring two dances to perform and be adjudicated. The schools receive feedback based on standards in choreography and performance, which allows them to continue to grow in their processes.
Dancers from 24 universities and colleges and six states will attend the conference. Attendees will travel from Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
This is the third time Southeast has been selected to host the conference. The conference was held in Cape Girardeau in 2013 and 2001.