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Impressions Dance Company presents fall showcase

Published 11/27/17

Taylor Austin

Contributing Writer

Impressions Dance Company is making strides toward perfection for their fall showcase. The performance will include a mixture of genres and dance styles unique to each choreographer.

“The fall showcase is a chance for our dancers to perform the pieces that they have been working on all semester,” said Tosha Fletcher, student director.

Company members have choreographed most of the dances, with a few by guest choreographers. With 28 dancers in the company, there are many different visions that can come to life.

“I am really excited for our entire show,” said Fletcher. “Everyone has been working so hard and the dances this semester are amazing. I am most looking forward to our full company dance, choreographed by Jon Lee.”

Kasady Marshall, a student choreographer, has put together a dance titled “Sorrow” to the song “Two Men in Love” by the Irrepressibles. This is her first semester as choreographer, although she has been dancing for 17 years.

“The story I am trying to interpret for the audience is heartbreak,” said Marshall. “The heart choosing what it wants whether it’s for better or for worse. The song is so powerful and I hope the audience can feel the sorrow from the cast in my piece.”

Another dance featured is “Conquérir la Peur” by Leon Beck, student choreographer. The title of the dance means conquering fear and falls under the contemporary category.

“It tells the story of how fear affects, not only the person experiencing it, but how it can affect anyone close to them,” said Beck. “It’s incredibly personal to me, and my dancers bring their own fears to life as well through the emotion they bring to the table.”

Student choreographers have complete control over every aspect of the dance, including how many and which dancers are in it. They receive feedback from Fletcher and correct issues as they go.

“Each dance captures the choreographers unique style and the dancers do a wonderful job of bringing their vision to life through their movement, costumes, and the lighting design, which is done by NSU theater students,” said Fletcher.

The IDC spends four nights a week in the rehearsal studio. Between learning the pieces and continuous rehearsal to polish them, the dancers log many late hours. Every dance requires its own time with the choreographers and dancers in the specific number, with most dancers being in multiple numbers.

“They are all so genuine and they truly want you to shine, whether it be in the studio, or just in life,” said Marshall. “Everyone at IDC is family and I consider them some of my closest friends.”

Beck joined IDC because he went to a showcase and was inspired to begin dancing again after stopping when he graduated high school. In his two years of being a part of the company, this will be his second dance to choreograph.

“You grow extremely close with the cast you put together, and like with anything, it is so rewarding to see the hard work you and your dancers have been putting in pay off once show time arrives,” said Beck.

Fletcher decided to take on the role of student director when she first started with IDC. She saw the opportunity to lead and impact positive change on the group.

“I have always had a passion for dance and have loved having the opportunity to lead others to follow their passion,” said Fletcher. “Being with this group has been challenging and very rewarding.”

The IDC has auditions every semester, and is open to dancers of all backgrounds and skill levels. Current enrollment at NSU and a love for dance is all that is required to audition.

“Impressions is such an inviting and enjoyable atmosphere,” said TJ Morgan, Impressions student leadership team member. “All of our members come to learn about dance, whether they have previous experience or not. We don’t judge anyone who comes to our company, because we really just want everyone to learn about dance and themselves.”

The showcase is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 8 at the NSU Playhouse. Tickets are $2 with an NSU ID. For more information, email Tosha Fletcher at  

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