<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/usudanceco/”>Utah State University Dance Company</a> will present its spring showcase, “<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/201513753670325/”>Illuminate</a>,” on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Ellen Eccles Theatre. Company Director Ginger Hislop said the performance will include a tribute dance in memory of Annie Schmidt, the daughter of “The Piano Guys” entertainer Jon Schmidt. Annie Schmidt, whose body was found last November after she disappeared while hiking in Oregon, was a friend of several company dancers.
Hislop said the USU Dance Company is a student-run performance group organized in 2008 by then-Director Krissy Fry.
“She started it as a way for dancers to come up and have a place to dance because USU doesn’t have a dance program anymore,” Hislop said. “So back then when she started it, it was actually two separate companies. One was for hip-hop and one was for contemporary jazz. When she moved away a few years ago, we decided to just combine it into one company.”
Hislop said there are 21 people on the team this year, with 20 female dancers and one male. The company performs at campus and community events and is supported by USU’s Caine College of the Arts. Tickets for “Illuminate” are available at the Ellen Eccles Box Office or online at <a href=”http://www.cachearts.org/”>www.cachearts.org</a>.