Guest Artist Hilary Peterson to work virtually with LSMSA’s senior dance students
Senior dance students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will benefit from a virtual workshop with guest artist Hilary Peterson, as part of their Dance Ensemble Class with Associate Lecturer of Dance Crystal Lewis.
As part of its plan to bring students back to campus in a safe way, the Gold Cohort will return to LSMSA on Feb. 27 through March 28. During this time the Dance Ensemble students will be in the same location together as Peterson creates work with them for their spring dance show. She will Zoom in to set work on them.
“I thought this would be a nice gift for the seniors in the student dance company as they are in their final semester,” said Lewis. “Especially after the year we have all had!”
In return, Lewis will teach a master class via Zoom to Peterson’s dance students in the dance program at Southeast Missouri State University.
“We wanted to find a way to collaborate as dance educators in providing the students with a guest artist experience, even in the midst of COVID,” Lewis explained. “We decided an exchange of services would be beneficial, but also provide a way for me to give back to my undergraduate alma mater.”
Hilary Peterson is an associate professor of dance at Southeast Missouri State University. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and her BA in Dance from Hope College. Miss Peterson specializes in modern/contemporary dance technique and has studied the techniques of José Limón, Paul Taylor, Lester Horton and Bella Lewitzsky. Hilary is a seasoned performer and an active choreographer. She has choreographed original dance works for numerous Fall for Dance and Spring into Dance performances as well as the musicals Seussical the Musical, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors and Sweet Charity. Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Association Regional Conferences, the Kansas City Fringe Festival and in numerous venues in St. Louis. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and serves as a Board Member of the American College Dance Association.
Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is the preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for Louisiana's high-achieving, highly-motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors. As a public school, there is no tuition to attend, and assistance from the LSMSA Foundation ensures the program is available to all qualifying students regardless of family financial need.