EDUCATION

Video: Ole Miss marketing and management major pursues passion for dance

Tucker Robbins
Oxford Stories
tyrobbin@go.olemiss.edu

Movement is a prehistoric form of communication, according to the University of Mississippi’s own Hannah Corson.

Although she is majoring in both marketing and management, Corson, 22, still pursues her passion for dance. She has participated as a dancer and worked as a choreographer for both Mississippi the Dance Company and Ole Miss Student Dance on campus.

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Hannah Corson dancing in the Turner Center studio. Photo by Tucker Robbins.

Corson said she took a few dance classes when she was very young, but it was not until high school that she found a deeper love for the activity

“When I was in high school, I started to pick it back up through band,” she said. ” I was in the color guard. That’s the flags, rifles, and sabers, but beneath all of that is dance, so I had to take lots of dance classes.”

Corson continued her passion for dancing through color guard by marching with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps for the summers of 2014 and 2015.

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The dance studio door in the Turner Center. Photo by Tucker Robbins.

Beginning in the spring of 2016, Corson began dancing with Mississippi: The Dance Company and began furthering her dance education at the University of Mississippi.

The following spring she again participated in Mississippi: The Dance Company’s production at the end of the semester and has started her first semester dancing with OMSD for their 2017 fall production, but she choreographed for the student lead dance company the previous year.

“When I don’t know how to use my words, it’s very easy to use my body,” Corson said.

Her love for dance is driven by her fascination with communicating things through movement and the connections it has given her to help find a group she feels she belongs to.

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Hannah Corson is a dancer and choreographer for Mississippi: The Dance Company and Ole Miss Student Dance. Photo by Tucker Robbins.

Corson said she hopes she can carry dance with her even after she graduates. She has begun working with an independent winterguard located in Oxford as a dance technician, and she sees this as one of her opportunities to stay involved within the dance community.

“You never know,” she said, “maybe here and there I could find classes that let old people dance in them, and I’ll do that hopefully.”

Her love for the activity and the community around it pushes Corson to continue pursuing her passion within the dance community.

“I don’t think I’ll ever leave dance behind,” she said. “I think I’ll keep it with me, hopefully, where ever I go.”

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