All State Dance Ensemble 2023
We are excited for our 5th year of Utah All State Dance Ensemble. We are honored to bring in Sara Yanney to work with our dancers. Read her bio below.
Choreographer: Sara Yanney
Dates: November 9-11
Location: Westminster University
Schedule: Details to come
Cost: $65.00 per dancer.
Auditions: Sara has built this audition to include more than just learning a phrase. It includes movement manipulation, improvisation, and spoken word. Coaches will hold auditions within their school, then select dancers and send their footage on to Sara. You can find all instructions here:
Registration: Director will register each dancer through the UDEO website. It will be a similar process to registering and paying for Utah High School Dance Festival.
Registration is due by September 29th by 5pm
Sara Yanney, MFA, GL-CMA, AmSAT, MA, R-DMT, CET
Sara is a dance/movement therapist, choreographer, performer, and educator dedicated to sharing her passions for movement, artistic expression, the body, holistic wellness, emotional intelligence, empathy, community, equity, and social justice, based in Boulder, CO.
She is the artistic director of The =ibrium Dance Project: For EVERYBody founded in 2012, which has shown work in CO, IL, IN, MI, NJ, NM, NY, OH, UT, and WI and internationally in Canada and Haiti. She has performed with the Bill Evans Dance Company, Blue Tribe African Dance Company, Blythe Edens Dance Company, Indy Convergence, Gran Lakou Haitian Folkloric Dance Company, The New Mexico Contemporary Dance Alliance, Motus Dance Theatre, SMAG Dance Collective, and Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers.
Sara has served on faculty at Ball State University, Anderson University, and Utah Valley University, was the founder/director of Jump Into Motion Dance Academy, which offered affordable dance and movement education to children at their schools and day cares in the Indianapolis and Kalamazoo areas for over 10 years, and is certified in the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban/Bartenieff-Based Modern Dance Technique (CET). Sara is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher, she received her GL-CMA (Graduate Laban-Certified Movement Analyst) from Columbia College Chicago, her MA in Somatic Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University where she was a recipient of a Graduate Honors Scholarship and the Victoria “Tori” Wolf Capron Scholarship. her MFA in Performing Arts: Dance at the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was a recipient of the Chancellors Graduate Student Award, and received her BA in Dance from the University of New Mexico in 2003 with departmental honors and received the Friends of Dance Scholarship, The Provost Award for Artistic and Academic Achievement, The Bill Evans Dance Teachers Intensive Scholarship, and the Barbara Kiker Award for Excellence in Dance.
Notes to Coaches: This year we encourage teachers to bring in a second adult to help audition their dancers for ASDE. This gives students an opportunity to audition for new people and also gives teachers another perspective on their dancer's talents.
After you hold auditions and select your dancers, please send their footage of all 4 portions of the audition to Sara. This will help her prepare casting ahead of time, and make the rehearsal process more efficient.
You or a school approved parent/chaperone will need to be present the entire time we are working. Remember, Fall Conference is happening simultaneously, so we encourage you to participate in that while also being available to support your dancers!
If you have exceptional dancers that are not yet able to be inducted into NHSDA but will be eligible, you can let them join.
Sophomores and freshman? Only if they are exceptional and mature enough to work in fast-paced, professional, creative setting, and inducted/eligible for NHSDA.
Don’t have an NHSDA chapter? Start one! It will be required in future ASDE events. Go to www.NHSDA-ndeo.org. All participating dancers will receive 3 points towards their NHSDA. This is a great opportunity for students to continue to dance, create, perform, and make connections with professional artists and their peers from across the state!