Fall Conference 2016

UDEO 2016 Fall Conference

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Norma T. Anderson Dance Complex
Utah Valley University,
Orem, UT


The Utah Dance Education Organization’s Annual Fall Conference will be held Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Norma T. Anderson Dance Complex, Utah Valley University. John Heginbotham, Heginbotham Dance Company, will be the Keynote Presenter. Kay Andersen, SUU, will be presented with the UDEO Lifetime Achievement Award. We will also honor three dance educators - Ashley Mott, Christina Powers, and Nicolas Cendese - with a Utah Dance Educator of the Year honor. Breakout session presenters include: John Heginbotham, Heginbotham Dance Company, Kori Wakamatsu, Michael Kraczek, Alison Dobbins, Charles Owen, Bill Sallak, BYU Dance Students, Julie Ahlander, Angela Challis, Carly Berrett-Plagianakos, and Kelby McIntyre-Martinez.

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Dancers, educators in private studios and school settings, inter-disciplinary artists, PTA members, choreographers, presenters, collaborative artists, administrators, advocates, and anyone interested in networking, professional development, advocacy and promoting the art form of dance as an essential educational component of life-long learning.


8:15 Registration / Welcome
9:00 Keynote Presentation/Group Movement Session with John Heginbotham
10:30 Break-out Session I
  Workshop: "The Dance Engine Project: a mash-up of dance, technology, and you!" with Kori Wakamatsu, Michael Kraczek, Alison Dobbins, Charles Owen, Bill Sallak and BYU Dance Students
  Workshop: Capturing the emotion of dance with Julie Ahlander and Angela Challis
  Movement: Open level movement class with Heginbotham Dance Company
11:45 Lunch, Member Meeting, Utah Dance Educator of the Year Presentation: Ashley Mott, Christina Powers, Nicolas Cendese, and Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation: Kay Andersen
1:15 Break-out Session II
  Workshop: Falling down the Rabbit Hole- the liminal experience of Immersive Dance Theater –Part 1 (research in Immersive Theater) with Carly Berrett-Plagianakos
  Workshop: Connect, Create, Collaborate – A workshop for K-6 educators with Kelby McIntyre-Martinez
  Movement: Rhythm Workshop with Heginbotham Dance Company
2:25 Break-out Session III
  Workshop: Falling down the Rabbit Hole- the liminal experience of Immersive Dance Theater –Part 2 (experiential workshop) with Carly Berrett-Plagianakos
  Workshop: Introductory Dance for PD® Teachers’ Seminar (Parkinson’s Disease) with Heginbotham Dance Company
3:30 Surveys/Adjourn

Schedule and/or Presenters Subject to Change

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Keynote Presenter: John Heginbotham

UDEO 2016 Fall Conference - Keynote Presenter: John HeginbothamOriginally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham is a Brooklynbased choreographer, performer, and teacher. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993 with a BFA in Dance, and was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for Sustained Achievement in Dance. John was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) from 1998–2012. Live music is an integral part of John’s creative vision. leading to collaborations with the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the Raymond Scott Orchestrette, art/pop duo Fischerspooner; composers Tyondai Braxton, Ethan Iverson, and Colin Jacobsen; pianist Yegor Shevtsov; and vocalists Jesse Blumberg, Gabriel Kahane, Shara Worden (also known as My Brightest Diamond). As a teacher, John offers dance master classes in the United States and abroad. He has taught at institutions including George Mason University, Laban Centre in London, School of Visual Arts, University of California, Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and the University of Washington. He is currently on faculty at Princeton University, and is the Guest Director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble at Dartmouth College in 2014/15. John is a founding teacher of Dance for PD®, an ongoing collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group.

Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Kay Andersen

UDEO 2016 Fall Conference - Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Kay AndersenKay Andersen received his BA from Southern Utah University, and his MA from New York University in dance education with an emphasis in performance/choreography. His career has spanned four decades and six continents. For twelve years he was a soloist, participated in the creation of important roles, and taught company and master classes with Nikolais Dance Theatre and the Murray Louis Dance Company of New York City. He of Music (NYC), The Joyce Theater (NYC), Spoleto Festival (USA), American Dance Festival (Korea, USA), Carlton Festival (Brazil), Italica Festival (Spain), Athens Festival (Greece), Aix en Provence Festival (France), Kuopio Festival (Finland), Jacob’s Pillow (USA), served as a cultural ambassador to India representing the State Department, performed for President Reagan at the Kennedy Center Honors CBS telecast featuring the Nikolais Dance Theatre, and many more.
Kay worked as a performer/teacher/choreographer for Televisa of Mexico City where he appeared in weekly television specials, commercials, and toured throughout the republic of Mexico. He performed as a guest artist with Simona Bucci’s Imago Dance Theatre of Florence, Italy, and Ema Pulido’s San Juan de Letran Danza Comtemporanea, Mexico City, Mexico. Other performance credits include New York based companies: Shapiro and Smith, Linda Nutter Dancers, Erroll Simpson Dance Company, Zipolitos, among others. In Los Angeles he performed extensively with the American Folk Ballet and was a member of the company for 24 years. One of his earliest performance memories is as a seven year old performing for neighborhood friends balancing and tap dancing on the backs of cows on the family dairy in Petersboro, Utah.
Kay Andersen continues to teach and choreograph throughout the United States and abroad, most recently in Mexico, the Netherlands, Italy, and China. At SUU he is a proud recipient of the Thunderbird Award, Professor of the Year, and 2014 commencement Distinguished Educator award honoree. He loves being in the studio, working with students through the creative process, visiting schools throughout the state, and many years teaching at the MOVE-IT summer intensive RW workshops. He is the current Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Southern Utah University

Utah Dance Educator of the Year Honoree: Ashley Mott

UDEO 2016 Fall Conference - Utah Dance Educator of the Year Honoree: Ashley MottAshley is more than "just" a dance teacher. She is an educator in the truest sense of the word. Not only does she teach the 18 girls on the PCHS Dance Company, the Junior Dance Company, and Dance I, II & III classes technique and the history of dance, but she also choreographs at least one dance a season herself. More importantly, she requires all of the dancers on the Dance Company to choreograph at least one piece themselves during the school year so that they can learn the art of choreography by actually creating it themselves. As a result, the majority of dances performed at the year-end concert showcase the dancers own, unique choreography. Ashley works tirelessly to make sure that the girls in her classes have multiple performance opportunities, in addition to creative fundraising programs such as a men's "beauty pageant" where high school senior boys vie for the title of Mr. Miner. She has the dance company run Junior Dance Clinics as part of a community outreach, a program that exposes over 200 girls a year to dance with the chance to perform at a high school basketball game. And under her guidance, her students created the PCHS Thirst Club, which raises $7,000 to build a well for clean water in an undeveloped country. Most admirably Ashley is a positive role model for all of her dancers - teaching them to be kind to one another, to be healthy, happy individuals and how to set an example of professional dance behavior and professional dance behavior and etiquette. The result? A group of dancers with no drama, no mean girl behavior, or as one of her students best describes it - a family.

Utah Dance Educator of the Year Honoree: Cristina Powers

UDEO 2016 Fall Conference - Utah Dance Educator of the Year Honoree: Cristina PowersCristina Powers is an exceptionally professional educator. I've always been impressed with her knowledge and implementation of the core standards. She has done a lot for the Davis School District to help make the standards more clear for her fellow teachers. More importantly, she understands how students learn. She knows how to reach them in a way that gets them excited about dance. When I taught at Layton HS, I occasionally received students transferring from Syracuse HS. They spoke of Mrs. Powers with a twinkle in their eyes and an excited smile on their faces. She is doing a great job at teaching curriculum and reaching her students at the same time. I often hear educators speak about straying from curriculum to do "fun things" so the kids like the class. Cristina has found a way to have fun and teach curriculum at the same time!

Utah Dance Educator of the Year Honoree: Nicholas Cendese

UDEO 2016 Fall Conference - Utah Dance Educator of the Year Honoree: Nicholas CendeseNick is a wonderful teacher, which I witnessed firsthand when he taught my advanced dance class for eight class days two years ago. He guided them to create a work of choreography for the Repertory Dance Theatre Heritage Project. The students loved working with him, because he was inspiring and had a great sense of humor. He's very patient with the students and brilliant at getting them to solve problems creatively and originally. I have heard wonderful things about his studio, South Valley Creative Dance, which is growing in size and reputation. One parent had this to say about the studio: "You treat each child as an amazing dancer. You make each child feel their worth and value. Each child feels like they are incredibly talented and important." That is every good dance teacher's highest goal. Nick's time spent as an RDT dancer, and as a modern dance major from the University of Utah, gave him a strong background in dance technique and repertoire. He also grew up dancing with Children's Dance Theatre. His varied dance experiences, since childhood, have led him to be one of the best teachers I've observed.

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