DancersDrummersDreamers® Shuffle, Slide, Stomp and Roll into Coeur d’Alene, May 14

Tuesday, May 1 2012


By Donna Emert

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho--The University of Idaho dance/percussion/performance art phenomenon, DancersDrummersDreamers® will appear at 7 p.m., May 14, in the Lake City High School Auditorium, 6101 Ramsey Road, Coeur d'Alene.

This year, for the first time, DDD will perform at four separate locations across the state.

University of Idaho student dancers and musicians will share their talents with performing arts and music students at the participating Idaho high schools. The visits allow DDD students to teach high school students the routines. The high school students are included in the evening performances.

This is the U-Idaho student group’s second visit to Coeur d’Alene. DDD’s performance last spring drew a large, energetic crowd of local residents and University of Idaho alumni.

“The high school students integrated themselves so well into the performance that audience members said they didn’t realize they had learned the pieces just that day,” said Diane Walker, DDD co-creator. “I think that feedback recognizes both the skills and professionalism of the students at Lake City High School and the University of Idaho students who taught them.”

Performances on the Moscow campus are regularly presented to sell-out crowds each spring said Walker.

“Audiences consistently find the shows funny, surprising, exciting and richly entertaining,” she said. “Public reaction and support has been phenomenal.”

DDD outreach to high school students is a strong teaching and learning facet of the program.

Proceeds from the joint performances support the host school’s performing arts and music programs. Donations will be taken at the door.

DDD was created in 1991 by University of Idaho professor emerita of dance, Diane Walker and distinguished professor, jazz choirs director and composer Dan Bukvich, in collaboration between the dance and music departments in the College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Associate professor, dance program director and choreographer, Greg Halloran, also is vital to the unique, interdisciplinary program.

Each DDD performance showcases original creations of university students and faculty.

DDD kicks off its statewide tour in Coeur d’Alene, and will make additional appearances at: the Colonial Theater with Idaho Falls High School, at Idaho Falls; Twin Falls High School Roper Auditorium, Twin Falls; and will conclude their tour at Eagle High School in the Boise/Nampa area, where they will perform with Nampa’s Sage Valley Middle School percussion students.

For more information and performance updates, go to DDDatUIdaho on Facebook.
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