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IDEO Dance Educator of the Year 2017 is Theatre Arts Associate Professor Marla Hansen

IDEO Dance Educator of the Year 2017 is Theatre Arts Associate Professor Marla Hansen

Marla Hansen

The Idaho Dance Education Organization recognizes the achievements of extraordinary people who have made vital contributions to dance education and enhanced dance education in schools and communities.

This award acknowledges a stellar Idaho dance educator. The award is granted on a yearly basis

IDEO’s board and IDEO members are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the IDEO Dance Educator of the Year 2017 is…

Marla Hansen

Marla Hansen is the Artistic Director of Idaho Dance Theatre (IDT), which she and her husband, Alfred, founded in 1989. Since that time, she has choreographed over 69 ballets for IDT. Marla has collaborated numerous times with other artists including composers, musicians, actors, designers, and visual artists. An acclaimed teacher, Marla was named the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, “Dance Educator of the Year” in the Northwest District. In February of 2015 she was honored as one of the Idaho Business Reviews “Women of the Year”, a prestigious award in the state of Idaho.  Marla is also an Associate Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Theatre Arts and directs the Dance Minor, the Dance Option BA Theatre Degree and the BSU-IDT Summer DanceFest workshop.

Marla Hansen will be presenting a breakout session at the upcoming IDEO dance conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Session Title: Floor “Barre” for ALL: Ballet, Modern, Jazz

Learn a complete floor barre workout that strengthens, stretches and warms up all the muscle groups imperative for strong dance technique. With great attention to detail, this series of floor exercises imitates the muscular control needed for correct alignment and technique while standing, thus preventing injuries, and increasing body awareness. From head to toe, nothing is left out. Session Tracks: HE, K-12, PS


Marla Hansen will be awarded the IDEO Dance Educator of the Year 2017 award at the IDEO conference on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at member meeting luncheon.

Please join us in celebrating Mrs. Hansen at the IDEO conference.
She truly is a stellar Idaho dance educator!

Marla Hansen

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