Southeast Students to Showcase Original Choreography in ‘Southeast Dance Project’ Dec. 6-7


The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance presents the “Southeast Dance Project” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre at Southeast’s River Campus.

The “Southeast Dance Project” is part of the Rhodes 101 Stops and Commerce Bank Theatre and Dance Second Series, and offers a unique look into the talents of the Southeast dance program and its students.

“The student work in this concert is extremely strong and demonstrates the unique talents of our students, specifically their creativity, storytelling and movement creation,” said Hilary Peterson, coordinator of dance and associate professor.

Featuring student choreography, the program will reveal the work of emerging artists and highlight the enormous talent of Southeast’s student dancers. Student dance artists will step into the spotlight to delight audiences with a variety of moods and styles.

The program will also include an original work by choreographer and Southeast alumna Laura Roth. The piece is an exploration of the first-year experience, including the emotions and feelings that go into being the new kid on the block. The movement and staging tell a unique story about the transition from high school into a professional dance training program within a college environment. The choreography was designed specifically for the incoming dance majors.

Roth, a 2013 Southeast graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in dance and a minor in religion, has danced professionally for Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company under artistic director Jennifer Medina and Leverage Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Diana Barrios. She has also done freelance work for Masterworks Chorale, ANNONYArts, Faith Church, St. John Church – Ellisville, St. Louis Community College, Vance Baldwin, Gabby Deakin and more. A native of Jacksonville, Illinois, Roth currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she works as a physical therapy assistant.


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