Hannah Corson may leave the University of Mississippi with a degree in marketing and management, but dancing is her true passion.
Corson, 22, has participated as a dancer and worked as a choreographer for both Mississippi: The Dance Company and Ole Miss Student Dance.
She took a few dance classes when she was very young, she said, but it was not until high school that she found a deeper love for the art.
“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.
Beginning in the spring of 2016, Corson began dancing with Mississippi: The Dance Company and furthering her dance education at Ole Miss.
“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 through movement – a prehistoric form of communication, she noted – and the connections it has given her to help find a group she feels she belongs to.
Corson said she hopes she can continue dancing after she graduates. She has begun working as a dance technician with an independent winter guard, an indoor color guard sport team, located in Oxford. She sees this as one way to stay involved with the dance community.
“I don’t think I’ll ever leave dance behind,” she said. “I think I’ll keep it with me, hopefully, wherever I go.”
Tucker Robbins is a journalism student at the University of Mississippi.