Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) alum, Cassidy Simmons, is returning to MSA next week to teach current MSA students in “Master Classes”, as part of MSA’s Guest Artist Program.

MSA’s Executive Director, Suzanne Hirsch said, “MSA has trained hundreds of artists in our fifteen years of operating. It is so thrilling to have artists like Cass return after studying beyond MSA. They bring new perspective to our current students. Our students can relate to them through MSA and the arts while becoming inspired on what they might do after graduation.”

Cass Simmons, class of 2014 alumna of the dance program at the Mississippi School of the Arts, graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, Summa Cum Laude in May 2018 where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. In 2017, she performed Trajectory choreographed by Kelly Ferris Lester and presented research on connecting dance performance and somatic practices to find efficiency and embodiment of movement at the Lucky 7 Somatics Conference in Zion, Utah. Cass is currently working to become a certified Somatic Movement Therapist in Shin Somatics® along with pursuing graduate school. In May of 2018, Cass enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts year residency program at Hollins University based in Roanoke, Virginia. It is a highly rigorous program that dually resides in Frankfurt, Germany. After studying dance in London and Frankfurt, Cass continuously focuses on spreading her repertoire of skills through international study and dance.

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