Distinctive Hope: Dynamic Honor

Receiving the 2023 Inspiration Award in February as a leader in dance education from Chicago Tap Theatre — one of the nation’s top tap companies — would have been recognition enough for the Department of Dance. It was next-level to have students invited to perform during the Chicago company’s 20th-anniversary celebration; and not only to perform, but to perform a piece choreographed especially for them by the company’s founder and artistic director, Mark Yonally. As shown here, West Michigan audiences had their own opportunity to enjoy the original work, titled “How Insensitive,” just a few weeks later, during Dance 49 at Hope.

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