Flashdance brings moves to Peoria

Adam Larck
From left, Jilliam Mueller, Alison Ewing, Gianna Claire Mason and DeQuina Moore during one of the scenes in “Flashdance The Musical.”

It was 31 years ago that "Flashdance" hit the movie screens.

However, "Flashdance the Musical" has only been in existence since July 2008. Since then, it has made its way around North America and Europe, and will be making a stop Monday-Wednesday at the Peoria Civic Center.

"'Flashdance' is the story of a girl, Alex Owens, who has a dream of being a professional dancer and is hoping to audition and get into Shipley Dance Academy, but all the odds are against her," DeQuina Moore, who plays Kiki, said. "They always have been her whole life. She's a steelworker at the mill by day and a flashdancer by night at Harry's, the local bar. Her mother has passed away at a young age and her dad is an alcoholic that does not support her. It's just really hard for a girl like Alex to see any light at the end of the tunnel.

"But she has my character, Kiki, and Tess and Gloria, all her best friends that keep pushing her and telling her she 'can' even in her darkest moments. She also has Hannah, her mentor, that reminds her that if she ever falls in life at anything really, but especially in her quest to be a professional dancer, that she should just 'get back up' and try again.

"It's the story of the underdog and it's the perfect story for anyone who has any dream and hopes to conquer it. Plus, the meaningfully intertwined love story is extra icing on the cake."

Moore started on the show tour Jan. 1, 2013, after an impromptu audition in Pittsburgh for director/choreographer Sergio Trujillo and producer Dani Davis. In her time with the show, she has done more than 350 shows.

"It's a dream role and I could not have dreamed of a better position to be in at this phase in my career," she said.

Growing up, Moore said her favorite thing to do was watch movie musicals. Plus, she said she had a natural talent at dancing, although the singing was a bit harder.

"I began taking vocal lessons weekly and just worked, worked, worked at it," she said. "The voice is an instrument like any other musical tool and I figured out at a young age that I could grow and become a stronger singer if I just focused on it. I went to the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, and then to New York University to study musical theatre even further. And, after landing several commercial/print gigs, I was extremely blessed to book my first Broadway role in a principal part as Chiffon in 'Little Shop of Horrors.' It was a dream come true."

In the show, Moore said she enjoys the song "Put It On" and her own number, "Manhunt."

"It's just super cool, sexy and fun!" she said.

Since being on tour, her favorite stop has been her hometown of Houston.

"It was just a dream to be able to have all of my friends and family and loved ones come out to support me," Moore said. "It was almost like a Broadway debut again because so many of my close friends had never seen me perform live before."

Looking towards the show in Peoria, Moore said that she has heard great things about the audiences and the theater scene.

"I just want to add 'thank you' for having us in your hometown and I pray we give you the most wonderful time with 'Flashdance,'" she said.

Tickets are $69, $59 or $39 and can be bought at the Civic Center box office or at Ticketmaster.com. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. each night.