HPU Junior Earns Unique Job Opportunity During Fall Break


HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 15, 2010 – High Point University junior Maggie Jo Saylor was recently offered an amazing opportunity during fall break ? the chance to work as a traditional dance consultant for the upcoming world premiere of John Cariani’s new play, “Last Gas.”

Saylor, who is majoring in performance theatre, will work at the Portland Stage Company in Portland. While there, she will teach East Coast Swing and Contra dance combinations to the actors for one full-length dance, and two smaller dances.

“This is the greatest opportunity that I’ve had the chance to be a part of,” Saylor says. “This work combines my passions of theatre and traditional partner dance.”

Saylor says the opportunity for the job came about during a lunch with Saylor and her mother, as well as Cariani during his visit as part of the production of “Love/Sick.” Saylor’s mother was showing off pictures of dancing in her sister’s wedding.

“I’ve never been so happy that my mom pulled out wedding photos,” Saylor says.

The performance of “Last Gas” premiered on Nov. 2 and will run through Nov. 21.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration


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