CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 22, 2016 – Victor Alexander, the director of the Ruth Page School of Dance in Chicago, will be conducting auditions Saturday, March 5, at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus for the Ruth Page School of Dance’s intensive summer program.
The auditions, focused on ballet and contemporary dance, are scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center Dance Studio. The Ruth Page School of Dance intensive summer program runs June 20 to July 15.
Alexander has been teaching master classes and setting work on Southeast students since 2009.This is the second year he has conducted auditions at Southeast for the Ruth Page School of Dance.
“Over the past several years, Victor has seen the growth of our dance program and the rise in talent of our students. As the director of the Ruth Page School of Dance, he is interested in offering the opportunity of summer study to our students and the local community, and the River Campus is an ideal location for holding auditions with a beautiful new dance studio that can accommodate numerous students,” said Hilary Peterson, assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
The audition is open to the public and all area dance students who are at least 10 years old. Those interested will have 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.
“The Ruth Page School of Dance is a dance destination in Chicago and has been training professional dancers for more than 40 years. Bringing high quality training programs to our campus exposes our facilities and programs to working professionals who will share that Southeast is a destination for arts education,” Peterson said.
The summer intensive at the Ruth Page School of Dance 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 audition will bring numerous students to the River Campus facilities that may not have been to the campus before. The exposure to Southeast in this capacity will inform them that the University is a top-notch place to receive an arts education and is a place that can offer quality programming,” Peterson said.