This is the first of a series that we will be posting so that our supporters can get to know the students involved in Dance Oregon. The first student profile is all about our treasurer Linnea Birdwell. Read on to learn more about her!
1. Where are you from originally?
I was born in Los Angeles, but have lived in Corvallis, OR for most of my life.
2. What is your major and what led you to decide on it?
I came to the University of Oregon with the intention of being a dance major, and I never looked back once I got here.
2. When did you start dancing and how did you decide to “stick with it”?
I first started doing Modern Dance after I saw a show that involved dancing when I was 9. It looked like fun, so I joined a local Modern studio specializing in Graham technique and found that it was something that I never wanted to stop doing. I never had an epiphany moment were I was suddenly struck with the idea of being a dancer; as soon as I started dancing I knew I could never stop, and the decision to follow my dreams of becoming a professional dancer was just a logical progression in my exploration of dance.
3. Give a little bit of info about your dance background:
In high-school I mainly trained in the Graham technique, and it wasn’t until I came to the University of Oregon that I started expanding my dance education with Ballet, Jazz, African, and Hip-hop. Here at the U of O, I have performed in numerous faculty and student works since my freshman year, and was a recipient of the Lotta Carll Scholarship for 2010-2011 as well as 2011-2012. In 2011 I attended my first American College Dance Festival in Idaho, performing in Brad Garner’s “Pages Missing,” selected through adjudication for the finale performance. I will once again be performing at the ACDF in Wisconsin this year in Holly Johnston’s new work “Prelude to a Secret,” as well as in Julia Vickers’ “Two Half Hitches.” This past summer I was lucky enough to attend and perform at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine, and gained invaluable knowledge from the many professions there. I plan to continue to explore my love for teaching and outreach through dance after graduating in 2013, and one day I hope to join a professional dance company.