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Moxie Dance Project presents 'Movement from Within' March 25

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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Amanda Bazile and Heather Brown

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MOXIE DANCE PROJECT -- Southeastern Louisiana University dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic will direct the Moxie Dance Project on March 25 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Southeastern dancers choreographing for the 7:30 p.m. concert include, from top, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Amanda Bazile and Heather Brown.

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Music and Dramatic Arts will present Moxie Dance Project’s “Movement from Within” March 25 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

     The 7:30 p.m. concert of modern, jazz, and lyrical dance is directed by Southeastern dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic. “Movement from Within” will feature choreography by Brewer-Plazinic; student choreographers Amanda Bazile of Covington, Heather Brown of New Orleans and Carly Hyde of Ponchatoula; and guest choreographer Chris Elam, founding choreographer of Misnomer Dance Theater in New York.

     “We are excited to have Chris Elam bringing his talent and experience to Southeastern,” said Brewer-Plazinic. “Chris is an active teacher who has worked at over 20 universities, traveled extensively and lived within numerous dance communities worldwide ranging from Indonesia to Brazil.”

     Elam’s Misnomer Dance Theatre is a contemporary company that has toured the United States and abroad. The company was nominated for the national 2008 Alpert Awards for Excellence in Choreography.

     Elam will present two pieces for the concert – “Cast-Iron Crutches” and “Tin Man.” He will also conduct a question and answer session after the March 25 concert.

     His visit is made possible through the Southeastern Dance Program’s first endowment, the Galloway Wade Artist in Residence Series, established by Bill and Noel Wade Galloway. The endowment enables a guest artist to visit the university to teach repertory and master classes to Southeastern dancers.

     Elam will offer two free intermediate modern dance master classes to Southeastern dance students March 17 from 11 a.m. to noon and March 24 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Both classes will be held in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building, room 153.

     Southeastern dancers performing in the concert include Brooke Babin, Gonzales; Bazile; Kaleigh Brandt and Meghan Thomas, Slidell; Brown and Jeoffery Harris, New Orleans; Alyssa DiMarco, Marrero; Danielle Duncan, Nicole Judson and Dena Shaffett, Baton Rouge; Ayla Expose, Kenner; Sarah Hill, Pearl River; Anna Huskey, Independence; Hyde; and Brittany Zachary, Mandeville.

     Tickets for “Movement from Within” are $6, general admission, and $4, non-Southeastern students, senior citizens, and Southeastern faculty and staff. Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office, 220 E. Thomas St., 985-543-4371. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

     Moxie Dance Project is also traveling to local dance studios to teach intermediate level master classes in modern dance. The cost of the one hour class is $20 and proceeds go to the Southeastern dance department. To schedule a master class, contact Hyde at (985) 956-0351 or or Bazile at (504) 913-1870 or

     For more information on the concert or Elam master classes, call Brewer-Plazinic at 985-549-5254.

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