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ISU Spring Dance Concert Keeps Performers On Their Toes

Apr 16, 2016

The Spring Dance concert highlights a variety of dance styles, including contemporary.
Credit Darby Wilde / ISU School of Theatre and Dance

The Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance is holding the Spring Dance Concert on April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m, and April 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.  The show takes place in Westoff Theater on the ISU campus.

*Darby Wilde is the artistic director of the show, and noted that Westoff Theater is a great location for the dance concert because it's a thrust stage, as opposed to a proscenium arch.  The thrust stage means the dancers are visible from three sides, which means the dancers have to dig deep to find their performance presence.

*Two guest artists and three faculty members are the choreographers:  ISU alumnus Christopher Marosi and New York-based Michael Richman are the guests, and  Greg Merriman, Darby Wilde and Sara Semonis are the faculty artists.

Credit Darby Wilde


*Wilde said the ISU has the only dance teacher education program in the state of Illinois, so the students are a select group.  Upon graduation they are highly sought after in the dance education world.

*The dance performance majors often go on to teach and many go on to have professional careers as dancers and choreographers.