Southeastern Dance presents the Moxie Performance Art Festival, hosts master classes

Contact: Tonya Lowentrittmoxie_dance
Date: 4/4/12

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MOXIE PERFORMANCE ARTS FESTIVAL -- Southeastern Louisiana University dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic will direct the Moxie Performance Art Festival April 20 in various locations throughout downtown Hammond. Stephanie Hughes, a Southeastern student from New Orleans, looks in the window of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts during a performance last year.

      HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of Fine and Performing Arts will present Moxie Dance Project's Moxie Performance Art Festival April 20 in conjunction with the Hammond Downtown Development District's Art in April event.

     The group will also host two master classes April 18 and 19.

     Directed by Southeastern dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic, Moxie Performance Art Festival features student choreographer Kaleigh Brandt of Slidell and Southeastern graduate Ashli Tallo of Hammond. Brewer-Plazinic serves as faculty choreographer.

     Guest choreographer is Allison Orr, artistic director of Forklift Danceworks Inc., a professional dance company based in Austin, Tex. Orr's residency at Southeastern runs April 16 – 20.

     Two master classes will be offered during the week, Brewer-Plazinic said. "Making Autobiographical Dances," is scheduled April 18 from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the Kinesiology Building, room 153 and is a mixed-ability class that is open to beginners. The second class, "So I Think You Can Dance," is a lecture/demonstration and will take place April 19 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Southeastern's Contemporary Art Gallery in Clark Hall. All are welcome to attend Brewer- Plazinic said.

     "We are trying to bring the art of dance to the community in a non-traditional way with this event," Brewer-Plazinic said. "We are blending with the Art in April event, Hammond's annual showcase of art in the downtown businesses that helps promote art in the community."

     The Moxie Performance Art Festival will consist of several dance/performance art pieces performed in different venues in downtown Hammond from 6 to 9 p.m. The schedule includes: Columbia Theatre Lobby, 6:15 p.m.; Hammond Regional Arts Center, 7 p.m.; Red, White and Brew, 7:30 p.m.; Brady's/Mariner's block, 8 p.m.; Post Office steps, 8:15 p.m.; and La Carreta's Restaurant, 8:30 p.m.

     "Our goal is to enlighten the public's perception of art and showcase the artistic potential of the space and places around us," Brewer-Plazinic said. "The dancers will be engaging in and reacting to their environment."

     Southeastern dancers performing in the concert include Brandt and Averi Harris of Slidell, Kaitlyn Blanchard of Kentwood, Hannah Graves of Bogalusa, Destiny Levert of Denham Springs, Holly Lenzen of Lacombe, Shania-Lin Lewis of Mt. Hermon, Giara Major of Baton Rouge, Ashanti McLaurin of Chicago, Leah Reeb of Chalmette, Crystal Schayot of New Orleans, Danielle Smiley of Prairieville, Jaquan Warren of Franklinton, and Britley Wells of Ponchatoula.

     For more information on the concert, call Brewer-Plazinic at 985-549-5254 or email

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