Dancer mid jump
Andrea Parson '08

“LMU Dance honors and supports the dancing bodies of various individual cultures and communities, and recognizes that to dance is to be human and that dance is fundamental to our lives and to our world.”

Andrea is currently into her ninth season with Northwest Dance Project, which she joined after graduating from LMU. Her position with NWDP allows her to work primarily as a performer, while also teaching and choreographing. Her goal is to continue to develop her skills and experience in all three of these areas. 

In 2017, she launched the Soul Stories Dance Project in co-direction with multimedia artist Susan Banyas. The project combines solo dance and storytelling works of four individual dance artists, including herself. A full production entitled Finding Soul: A Constellation of Stories premiered as a part of the Coho Theater Summer Fest in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2018. She is also contributed choreography and performance for a dance film caked Future Cosmos Flow, in collaboration with costume designer Fuchsia Lin.

Why did you want to be a lion?

A liberal arts education was important to me, as I always enjoyed traditional academic studies as well as dance. I was looking for a place where I could study both. When I visited LMU for the first time I met with then-chair of the Dance Department, Judy Scalin. I felt immediately inspired by her and the unique program that LMU had to offer. I saw LMU as a wonderfully-supportive environment where I could invest in both dance and a liberal arts education.

What was it like being a part of LMU Dance?

While at LMU, I had the opportunity to work with many talented guest artists from the Los Angeles area. Overall, I found my connections to my dance professors at LMU the most inspiring. Watching them work and dive into the creative process wholeheartedly inspired me to endeavor a similar path. I also received great mentorship and support from many of them.

LMU‘s Dance Department was a very nurturing and supportive environment of both students and teachers working together. There was a great sense of community and camaraderie amongst students, which moved me to create that sort of environment in my own work as a teacher and choreographer.