Southeastern Dance presents senior dance concerts March 15 - 17

Friday, March 4, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

Millenique Brown Joseph Matherne Leah Reeb Christa Sevin
Millenique Brown Joseph Matherne Leah Reeb Christa Sevin

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts’ dance company, Dance Performance Project, will present a series of four senior concerts directed by Instructor and Artistic Director Keith “Skip” Costa March 15 - 17. All concerts will take place in Vonnie Borden Theatre.
     General admission tickets to each 30-minute concert are $5 and will be available one hour prior to the performances. For more information, contact Costa at
The first concert is “Humanity in a Mad World” by senior Christa Sevin of Chalmette on March 15, at 7 p.m.
     “‘Humanity in a Mad World’ is a reflection of the generation seen today,” said Sevin. “Young people mimick the behavior of adults around them without comprehending the actions or consequences that follow, resulting in a lack of a united front in all aspects of society, from the family home and school yard to the members of government.”
     Sevin will present five dance pieces: “Is There Normality?”; “Infidelity;” “Mock of a Generation;” “Actions Speak Louder than Words;” and “There’s Always Hope.”
     Dancers in the piece include Connie Adams of Houma; Faith Allen and Stephanie Amerson of Ponchatoula; DeShante Epps of New Orleans; Tyron’E Hawkins of Baton Rouge; Lily Marcus of Denham Springs; Samantha O’Neil of Slidell; Leah Reeb of Chalmette; Jaquan Warren of Franklinton; and Demi Wells of Amite.
     Senior Joseph Matherne of Luling will present his concert “The Next Element,” on March 16 at 7 p.m. Assistant artistic director is Forrest Duplantier of Covington.
     “‘The Next Element’ is a dance concert that focuses on the way the Earth’s four main elements intertwine with our emotions,” Matherne said. “Come see these elements and emotions come alive.”
Pieces in the concert include, “Freedom Flowing – Water;” “Resisting Mold – Earth;” “Ember Spark – Fire;” “Soft Tempest – Wind;” and “Beyond Aether – Beyond You.”
     Dancers performing include Courtney Self, of Conway, Ark.; Alexis May of Walker; Lindsy Brown of El Paso, Texas; Hayley Jordan of Baton Rouge; Haley Bruch of Mandeville; Marcus and Wells.
     Senior Millenique Brown of New Orleans will present her concert “This is Love” on March 17 at 6:30 p.m.
     “This concert tells the story of the impact love can have on a person’s life from many different aspects and the effects love can have on the human psyche,” Brown said. “The concert is about how love is the only driving force that can build a person up so they reach their full potential or tear them down to nothing.”
     Pieces in the concert are “For Your Love,” “Oh Heart,” “Diary of a Broken Love,” “Here,” and “This is Love.”
     Dancers performing include Desiree Acosta of Destrehan; Michaela Thanars of Slidell; Amerson, Brown, Epps, Hawkins, and Warren.
     The final senior concert is schedule March 17 at 8 p.m. Senior Reeb will present “A Dancer’s Choice.”
     “‘A Dancer’s Choice’ is an exciting showcase of all different styles of dance,” Reeb said.
Pieces included in the concert are “In this Shirt;” “To Conqueror;” “And Sometimes;” “Firework;” and “Vienna.”
     Dancers performing include Samantha O’Neill of Slidell; Casey Zweifel of Avondale, Mollie Norton of New Orleans; Cierra Calloway of Houma; Amerson, Warren, Thanars, Hawkins, Jordan, and Sevin.

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