If not for a persistent professor, who knows how dancer/choreographer/teacher Michelle Boulé would have spent these past two decades?
“Linda Lehovec, one of my ballet teachers, literally opened my eyes to the fact that I was dancing and could dance, without injury, after having quit for two years,” says Boulé (BFA ’99, dance), who in 2018 was presented with a Distinguished Legacy Award by the UI’s College of Fine + Applied Arts.
“What followed,” she remembers, “was an invitation to join the dance program, and a 20-year successful professional career in New York City and internationally, which continues to unfold and thrive to this day.
“I had so many (impactful) teachers — really, every single one in the dance program and different teachers in Spanish, sociology and English, people whose names I may not remember but who left the imprint of teachers dedicated to the potential, curiosity and advancement of their students.
“That is one of the best gifts a young person can have.”