Jana Monson - UDEO Educator of the Year Award
Jana Monson received her Bachelor's degree in Dance Education and Psychology from Brigham Young University. She performed with BYU's "The Dancer's Company" and toured throughout the United States, Greece, Israel and Turkey. Jana has taught undergraduate courses at BYU in modern, jazz, children's dance and aerobics. She has continued teaching dance throughout Michigan and Utah.
Her vision has been to create a place where children can become technical dancers and artists who learn to use their skills to make a difference in the world. Thus, she began Creative Arts Academy in 2004 and grew it from a basement studio, to one of the top studios in the nation. In 2016, Creative Arts Academy was awarded the honor of being a Top 5 Studio at the Dance Awards in Las Vegas, and in May 2018 Jana, along with two other studio owners from Utah, was featured on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine, discussing the strength of dance education in Utah.
In addition to her studio work, Jana produces the Utah Dance Festival, which is a noncompetitive event open to all studios to come and take classes from professors and professionals. It is such a great way for younger dancers to start networking and researching where they might want to focus their efforts, and who they might be working with in the future. Providing dancers with opportunity is extremely important to Jana, and it shows in the way she has designed her programs.
UDEO is excited to honor Jana as the 2018 Utah Dance Educator of the year. We celebrate her for her efforts, dedication, and commitment to excellence in the field of dance education.
“I have never met a more caring, hardworking, compassionate person ever in my life.” -Matt Dorane
“Jana has told me many times, we are not just building strong dancers, but also good people who have integrity, who are hard working and who will go out and contribute to this society in a positive way.” -Kristin Peterson
“Jana Monson has a unique vision for her students, vastly different from many dance educators. She uses a holistic, person-centered approach when working with her dancers, realizing that each individual has his or her own unique path, and she supports each path.” -Jamie Shipaanboord
“Jana not only mentors young dancers, but she continues to mentor and teach adults, like myself, how to be the best teacher you can be, and the best version of yourself.” -Eldon Johnson