We are Dance Educators on a Mission

Advocate, Educate, Elevate

About UDEO

The Utah Dance Education Organization was created in 2000 as a state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization. The membership began with just a few members, who were primarily modern dance educators from secondary and higher education. UDEO now has members from all sectors of dance education: K-12, University/College, Private Studios, Professional Companies, Community Groups, Independent Artists, and Students; and from most dance genres: Modern, Ballet, Folk, and Jazz.

 

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Our Collaboration

Over the past ten years UDEO has collaborated with many other organizations and companies. These include: Utah State Office of Education, Utah Arts Council, National Dance Education Organization, Utah Art Education Association, Utah Theatre Association, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, dance and the Child international USA, dance and the Child international Utah, and Creative Arts Academy.

 

We Focus on Professional Development

Part of UDEO's focus has been to provide professional development conferences and workshops for dance educators in the state. UDEO has brought national and internationally recognized artists to Utah, including: Murray Louis, Anne Green Gilbert, Chuck Davis, Gregg Lizzenbury, Lily Yeh, Alonzo King, Sylvia Waters, Liz Lerman, and Maida Withers.

Since its inception, UDEO has produced Spring Conferences, Fall Workshops, High School Dance Festivals, Junior High / Middle School Day of Dance Workshops, and has collaborated with daCi Utah to produce Day of Dance Festivals, and with Creative Arts Academy to produce the inaugural Utah Dance Festival for Private Studios.

Mission & Goals

Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO) is dedicated to the art form of dance as an essential educational component of life-long learning. The primary Goals of UDEO include:

Goal 1

UDEO will develop a membership comprised of dancers, educators, choreographers, presenters, collaborative artists, administrators, dance companies educational institutions, and advocates. This will provide an opportunity for increased effectiveness in networking, advocacy for dance, dissemination of information, and communication.

Goal 2

UDEO will improve the quality and training of dance education in Utah by providing opportunities for creating, performing, and observing dance for all. The organization will address professional development, research and documentation, assessment and leadership.

Goal 3

UDEO will build and support a Utah dance community that focuses on the education of the whole person in and through dance as an art and as a cultural manifestation.

Executive Board

President - Karen Jensen
info@udeo.org

Past-President - Amanda Sowerby

Treasurer - Tess Boone
treasurer@udeo.org

Secretary - Sarah Donahue 

Staff

Executive Assistant/Webmaster - Sean Guymon
webmaster@udeo.org

General Board

Elementary Rep - Holly Margraf -Mayne
elementaryrep@udeo.org

Jr. High Rep - Natalie Terry
jrhighrep@udeo.org

High School Rep - Meryl McFarland
highschoolrep@udeo.org

Higher Education Rep - Michael Crotty

Professional/Private Sector Rep - Lori Higbee
privatesectorrep@udeo.org

Publicity & Advocacy Director - Heather Francis
advocacy@udeo.org

Conference Chair - Kelly Alifano
conference@udeo.org

Conference Chair-Elect - Roxanne Paulsen
conference@udeo.org

High School Festival Chair - Sara Pickett
highschoolfestival@udeo.org

High School Festival Chair-Elect - Ariel Hortin
highschoolfestival@udeo.org

NHSDA Chair - Katherine Call
nhsda@udeo.org

We know how much you serve your community.
Let us serve you.

We are a group of volunteers committed to celebrating, educating, and advocating for dance as an art form that enhances life for anyone and everyone. We hope you’ll join us!