Dancers Drummers Dreamers Group Teaches and Performs at Lake City High School
On Monday, May 16, members of the University of Idaho's Dancers Drummers Dreamers performance group spent the day at Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene. During the day, University students gave workshops for 18 members of Lake City's Stomp alternative percussion group. That night, both groups took to the stage in the high school auditorium and gave a joint performance before a near-capacity crowd which included many Vandal alumni from around the region. The high-energy show received a standing ovation from the audience.
The Dancers Drummers Dreamers performance group was established in 1991. It is a collaborative effort between the Department of Movement Sciences and the Lionel Hampton School of Music.
All Dancers Drummers Dreamers dance choreography is the work of University of Idaho undergraduate students. The performance was co-directed by professors Dan Buckvich, from music, and Greg Halloran, from dance.
"The arts bring a unique, special educational experience to all ages and this was evident during this tour," says Greg Halloran, associate professor of dance and coordinator of the University's dance program. "The University of Idaho students loved working with the Lake City High School students. The day was mutually beneficial for all involved, and the event was a huge success."
LCHS Band and Orchestra Director Tim Sandford says the workshops offered a unique learning opportunity for his students.
"Students at Lake City had the opportunity to see and participate with a premier performing group from the University of Idaho," says Sandford. "That kind of hands-on experience is extremely valuable and rare."
For a video and audio sampling of a DDD performance, visit: http://www.its2.uidaho.edu/video/swing!.htm. Sample an LCHS percussion/movement performance at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS13i4JNkto
(Credit: Dancers Drummers Dreamers photos courtesy of Mike Locke.)