Scholar Spotlights

Marah Harbison

Major: Journalism & Arts Administration

Hometown: Floyds Knobs, Indiana

Classification: Alumni - Class of 2016

Marah used resources and opportunities at IU to start an Irish dance club.

Long before Marah was a Hoosier, she was an Irish dancer. Her older brother started taking lessons in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, when Marah was only 2 years old. Although she didn't start taking classes until after her 5th birthday, she can't remember a time in her life when she wasn't around Irish dance.

Marah knew she wanted to attend IU for almost as long as she was an Irish dancer. Her dad was a Hoosier, her big brother was a Hoosier, and she couldn't wait to become a Hoosier. IU was the perfect school for Marah, except the closest Irish dance school to IU was nearly an hour away. Luckily, Marah found a dance studio in the Wildermuth Intramural Center on campus that she could reserve several times a week for practice. These facilities helped Marah qualify for the Irish Dance World Championships during her freshman year. 

When she retired from competing, Marah knew she wanted to keep dancing. She met some other Hoosiers who were also Irish dancers, and they started their own Irish dance club. The Crimson Clovers Irish Dancers at IU have performed at the Lotus World Music Festival, IU's Culture Fest during Welcome Week and with The Chieftains at IU Auditorium, to name a few. 

"IU has made it so easy for me to stay involved in something that is such a huge part of me," Marah said. "The resources and opportunities the university provides helped me find other people who have the same passion as me and continue to pursue that passion."