Southern Miss to host fourth annual Mississippi Dance Festival Sept. 11-13

Southern Miss to host fourth annual Mississippi Dance Festival Sept. 11-13

HATTIESBURG, MS - This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Dance will host the 4th annual Mississippi Dance Festival (MDF) Sept. 11–13. The event will be held at the Theatre and Dance building on the Hattiesburg campus. This year's guest artist is DeShona Pepper Robertson of the Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. 

On Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m., the festival will kick off with performances by various dancers from the region, as well as MDF instructors. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door.

Saturday's events are from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and feature four dance classes, which are available to middle school and high school students and K-12 dance educators. Those interested in participating can register at www.mississippidancefestival.com.

The festival will conclude on Sunday with a special lecture by Pepper Robertson on the "History of African Dance." The lecture begins at 9 a.m. in Studio 115 and is free and open to the public.

This year's festival features guest artist Deshona Pepper Robertson. Pepper Robertson will teach repertory classes, as well as lead Sunday's discussion. After the festival, she will remain for more classes and discussions with the Southern Miss community.

The Mississippi Dance Festival was co-founded and co-directed by Southern Miss dance professors, Elizabeth Lentz-Hill and Julie White. The festival aims to offer additional knowledge and experience in dance to middle school and high school students and K-12 professional dance educators.

For more information about the Department of Dance, visit www.usm.edu/dance. For a complete schedule of MDF's events, visit www.mississippidancefestival.com.