Southeastern Louisiana University dance faculty Skip Costa and Martie Fellom and four Southeastern students traveled in early March to attend the 2015 South Region American College Dance Association Conference in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Unfortunately, snow got in the way.
“Southeastern was the first school to arrive; and we learned that Austin Peay State University had closed and would remain closed for several days due to 8 inches of snow,” Fellom said.
Fellom said the group, consisting of Faith Allen and Christa Clement Sevin, of Ponchatoula; Lindsy Brown, of El Paso, Texas; and Joseph Matherne, of Luling, were airborne en route to the conference and never received the message that the university was closed.
“The four-day conference was compressed into two days,” she said. “Even so, it was still an enriching experience filled with master classes, concerts, adjudication feedback sessions and meetings.”
Fellom said much of the cost associated with the trip was paid by student self-assessed fees and grants.
University dance faculty from the region and guest artists offer classes and lectures during the conference, Fellom said. There are also informal concerts performed, and Southeastern student Brown was selected to present her work, “The Book of Life,” with all four student attendees performing it.
Southeastern selected two works to perform for adjudication at the conference: Allen’s solo work “Time” and Costa’s piece “Courage, Hope, Strength.”
“One of the highlights of the conference is the gala concert, in which the adjudicators select several pieces to represent the best works at the conference,” Fellom said. “Skip’s piece was chosen for the gala because, in the words of one of the adjudicators, ‘It was elegant in its simplicity and beautifully crafted.’ ”
A panel of judges selected eight works out of 31 dances performed at the conference to be showcased at the gala performance on the festival’s final day.