IDC prepares for fall semester performances
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IDC prepares for fall semester performances

Published 9/12/18

Caleb Eutsler

TNE Writer

Impressions Dance Company is a professional dance company that strives to encourage and develop art through different genres of music. The company is led by a staff adviser, student director and a student leadership team. By having students lead students, they are able to connect personally and discover different levels of abilities. IDC is preparing for a new year and welcoming new dancers.

“I first started out as a performance company member the fall semester of my freshman year in 2016,” said Kasady Marshall, Sand Springs junior. “I was welcomed into a positive dance environment where I was able to gain another family outside my own. I was able to gain more confidence with myself and feel more comfortable with my body.”

Dancing is a way for the performer to express deep emotions and conflicts. As the students train throughout each semester, they prepare and learn an organized dance. Not only are they learning how to move to a certain song, they are learning how to interpret music by handling their balance, flexibility and form. With a new facility and performance location change, the dancers are ready for a new experience.

“My experience has always been amazing,” said Ricardo Oropeza, student director. “I started off as a fearful freshman with absolutely no dance experience. I am someone who has now choreographed two pieces and become one of the student directors.”

Advancing in the IDC program provides more opportunities for students. Members of IDC are asked to attend at least one rehearsal each week and have the opportunity of going to multiple rehearsals depending on how many dance pieces they are in. At the end of each school semester, the members will take their pieces and perform them at a concert. The concert will have different pieces choreographed by students.

“This is my first semester at NSU and in Impressions Dance Company,” said Allison Sells, Sequoyah freshman. “I had watched so many of their semester performances and witnessed the loving atmosphere they put out that I just knew I wanted to join when I entered the university. This year I am very excited to learn from our amazing choreographers and experience these new styles so I’ll become more of a well-rounded dancer.”

Any student can join IDC, no matter how much experience they have in dance. They have tryouts at the beginning of each semester and opportunities arise for new members and new pieces. IDC is a learning environment for anyone who is curious or interested in dance.

“My dance skills have a improved a lot and I continue to learn more,” said Oropeza. “I have had the opportunity to teach the skills I have learned at the beginning of IDC to people who started off as new just like I did two years ago. Aside from the dance skills, probably the most significant thing is my experience with IDC. The environment is just so good. We are a family and we are always there for each other and to share our passion for dance.”

Students who want to try out must have a minimum GPA of a 2.5 and in good standings with the university. No dance experience is required to join the company.

For more information on IDC or the fall concert, email Ricardo Oropeza at

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