Posted April 26, 2012
Danson, Idaho State University’s student dance club, will present its 34th annual Danson concert at 7:30 p.m. May 1-3 in Frazier Hall.
Danson will display various styles of dance ranging from modern to contemporary ballet to hip hop. These works have been put together by student choreographers, as well as choreography and performances from special guests.
Danson was created in 1977 by Emeritus Professor Marcia Lloyd and six of her students. Lloyd felt that dance classes at ISU were limited and wanted to give students both more opportunities to choreograph as well as dance by bringing in guest choreographers. Danson had its very first performance in the fall of 1978 with 14 dancers.
The tradition continues each semester; students audition at the beginning of the semester for student choreographers and guests and then present their works in a final concert at the end of each semester. Today, the ISU Department of Theatre and Dance offers more than 30 dance activity and dance technique classes, as well as dance education and composition classes, and Danson features more than 30 dancers performing in their concerts.
Throughout the years, Danson has worked diligently to involve ISU students in dance. Along with the Department of Theatre and Dance, Danson has teamed up with other campus clubs, businesses and community groups to present student projects.
This concert’s sponsors include Associated Students of ISU, ISU Theatre and Dance, Alpha Psi Omega, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), The Dance Factory Company and The Dr. Arthur and Marcia Lloyd Foundation.