News Release


HAMMOND � Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts' new dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present a concert directed by instructor Keith "Skip" Costa on March 12.


Scheduled for two performances at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., "We are the Dances" will take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall. General admission tickets are $5 and will be available one hour prior to the performance in the D Vickers lobby. For more information, contact Costa at


"The concert features more than 20 dancers, 10 choreographers, and 13 choreographic works," Costa said. "It will showcase various styles of dance, which weave a range of stories as we collectively dance with our hearts and souls defining 'We are the Dances.'"


Two of the 13 pieces to be presented during the concert were selected to be performed during the South Regional Conference of the 2014 American College Dance Festival in Little Rock in March. Costa's "There Will Be an Answer," featuring dancers Averi Harris and Crystal Schayot to the music "Let It Be" by Paul McCartney, was the first piece selected. "Mom," choreographed by Schayot and performed by dancers Faith Allen and Schayot to the music "Mama" by Beth Hart (Live at Paradiso version), was selected as the student representative work from Southeastern to be performed.


In addition to Costa, choreographers for the concert include Allen and Christa Clement of Ponchatoula, Millenique Brown of Belle Chase, Summer Moore of Prairieville, Lindsy Brown and Leah Reeb of Slidell, Schayot of New Orleans, Harris of Slidell, and Hannah Waldron of Mandeville.


Dancers performing in the concert include Alacia Arthur, Tyron'E Hawkins, and Katelyn Thomas, Baton Rouge; Jaquan Warren, Franklinton; Nadia Turner, Gretna; Joseph Matherne, Luling; Lacey Arthur, Sean Gilvey and Hannah Waldron, Mandeville; and Noah Guitroz and Shayot of New Orleans.


Additional dancers include Allen, Stephanie Amerson, Joshua Austin and Clement, Ponchatoula; Brown, Harris, Arianna Hodge, Reeb, and Michaela Thanars, Slidell; Jaliyah Holly, St. Rose; and Andre'El Brown, Summit, Miss.