This year, two faculty members and 10 students have choreographed dances for the show. Unlike Dance-apalooza, the faculty and professionally choreographed dance concert in the spring, the fall concert is mostly for students to show what they've learned.
"Every year we open up and say if you want to choreograph, you can," said Hilary Peterson, a Southeast Missouri State University dance instructor and one of the two faculty choreographers for the show. "Usually it ends up being juniors and seniors because they have the most experience."
This year the show includes two freshman choreographers. One of them has written a ballroom take on Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana."
"We ended up including them because they were just so good," Peterson said.
Her other piece, "Aftermath," was written as "a reaction to a life experience," Formon said. Specifically, a relationship. "It was one of those complicated [things]," she said.
Formon will be one of the two dancers in "Aftermath" but will be offstage for "Parade."
"We actually tried to encourage them to not be in their own pieces," Peterson said.
Dancing in your own piece can be taxing, and the choreographer can be more objective when she's sitting in front of the stage rather than on it. It also helps rehearsals run faster. The students get more out of the experience, Peterson said, when they "step out and be just the choreographer."