Impressions Dance Company presents fall concert
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Impressions Dance Company presents fall concert

Published 11/29/17

 

Trenton Morgan

TNE Writer

Many students hope to attend a university and find guidance, friends and a sense of belonging. For many members of Impressions Dance Company, these three aspects of a college career are at their feet. IDC is the premier preprofessional dance company at NSU. The 2-year-old company gained a strong following since its revamp and it hopes to continue the positive trend with the upcoming fall concert.

IDC is structured as a mix between dance classes and a performance company. Classes are meant to teach different styles of dance and further technical skills such as balance, flexibility and form. The company is led by a staff adviser, student director and a student leadership team.

“When I walk into the studio every day, I know this is the place I'm supposed to be,” said Kasady Marshall, Impressions student leadership team member. “I have grown such a passion for dancing and being able to be in an environment that is so positive and encouraging. Over the past few semesters, I have noticed so much growing and confidence that has risen from being with these people. I try to make as much of a positive impact in Impressions as possible because dancing is supposed to be fun and worth taking the time and effort to participate. Overall, if anybody is looking for a home and family while being on their own, then IDC is a great example of that and it is definitely a life-changing experience.”

Time commitment to the company is flexible. Members are required to attend one rehearsal each week and can have additional rehearsals according to performance pieces they are cast in. Near the end of each semester, IDC performs a concert showcasing the multiple pieces choreographed by students.

“I can't imagine my college career without Impressions,” said Tosha Fletcher, Impressions student director. “Being with the company for as long as I have, it has become a huge part of my life. I cannot put into words how much these dancers mean to me or how much they have changed me. They are teachers, therapists, carpool masters, comedic relief, tutors, dinner dates and so much more. The ways we support each other goes beyond the hour we spend in rehearsal each week.”

The company welcomes people from all backgrounds. A big misconception is the idea that only those who have danced before can audition for the company. However, IDC considers itself a learning environment for anyone who is curious or interested about dance. Auditions are near the beginning of each semester and students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones to experience something that may be brand new.

“Impressions Dance Company is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Ishmael Durant, Impressions member. “The program will help you develop more than just dance skills and can be a conduit to building character traits like hard work, perseverance and creativity. Also, the relationships that you make at the same time are priceless. The returning members have done a great job in incorporating first years and making us feel a part of the team. We’re more than a dance company; we’re family.”

IDC’s fall concert is at 7 p.m., Dec. 7 – 8 at the NSU Playhouse. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets can be purchased through the Sequoyah Institute by calling 918-444-4500 or going online. Tickets are $10 or $2 with a NSU ID.

For more information, email Fletcher at fletch13@nsuok.edu or Marshall at marsha04@nsuok.edu or visit the IDC Facebook page.


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