Dance

“Around the World” with BYU Traditionz

A mesmerizing Hungarian bottle dance, an exciting Indian harvest dance, and a percussive Indonesian clapping dance are just a few of the pieces you’ll see showcased in BYU ‘Traditionz’ new digital series, Around the World. ‘Traditionz’, BYU’s cultural dance outreach company has worked tirelessly over the past four months to learn, rehearse, and film choreography and instructional videos that celebrate the diversity of cultures across the globe. For 30 years, BYU ‘Traditionz‘ has traveled to Utah schools each spring to provide elementary school students with an entertaining and educational dance performance. This year, as a live outreach production was not…

Becoming a Teacher of the Arts

During the fall of 2019, I had the privilege of filming several elementary education majors enrolled at the McKay School as they completed projects in the BYU Arts Bridge program.  We visited the classrooms where they collaborated with elementary school teachers to integrate dance, music, drama, and visual arts with other content areas. After capturing classroom footage of their experience and the students, we interviewed them at the McKay School. The students, many of them now practicing teachers with their own classrooms, were articulate and passionate as they spoke about their experiences. As I listened, several common themes arose including…

Teachers as Artists: Get to Know Heather Francis

Dancer, mathematician, educator, arts integrator, and BYU ARTS Partnership leadership team member Heather Francis is passionate about advocating for the arts for children. When Heather hears the stories of individuals who were transformed by their arts experiences at any stage of life, she is buoyed up and reminded why she works so hard to turn the wheel that many before her have been turning for so long. “The arts are essential to making meaning in our lives, for connecting with others and developing empathy. But maybe more important to me, is the ability of the arts to teach me about…

Dance for All Abilities: Instructional Strategies for Every Classroom

I like a bargain! When I get the biggest bang for my buck, a delightful feeling springs up inside of me. This is a personality trait that has stuck with me over the years. Getting the biggest bang for your buck is a mantra I live by when creating content for my students. Developing a cardio-focused version of the BrainDance, connecting dance movement to the core curriculum, and providing classroom teachers with extra movement resources are a few ways I have practiced giving educators and students a big bang for their buck.  Over the past five years, I have developed…

Native American Hoop Dance 2021: Competition and Reunion

Watching the Native American Hoop Dance is an experience that sticks with you. Maybe a Native American group visited your school or you witnessed the dance at a cultural event. Whatever the case, those moments make a lasting impression. You may not remember the faces or names of the dancers, but the feelings and the power of the dance remain. If you’ve missed the pleasure of absorbing this experience, now is the time! Sponsored by the Heard Museum, the annual Hoop Dance Contest is virtual this year due to COVID, thus expanding the audience and widening the participant pool. Instead…

Arts Bridge Scholar: Jessica Jensen at Brookhaven Elementary

The Power of a Name: There were so many benefits to simply learning student’s names that I would implore future arts bridge scholars to make this a priority! Set aside a few minutes at the beginning of each class to learn and remember each of the student’s names. They will know you care about them, focus, and understand you as a teacher so much better. This semester I had the opportunity to participate in the Arts Bridge Scholar program. I was placed at an elementary school in Eagle Mountain where I taught 6th graders dance while integrating some of their…

Including the Arts in Classroom Rituals

Rituals are an important part of building a physically and emotionally safe classroom environment. Arts activities can be used as rituals to help students and teachers feel connected as a classroom community. Rituals are used to greet students, say goodbye, honor student work, establish procedures, organize materials, and transition between activities and the arts can help. For example, meditation with music serves to invite focus and calm, a tableaux engages interest, and a braindance can release physical energy.  Rituals create emotional continuity. A rhythmic call-and-response game between the teacher and class members can help students regulate their internal chronometer and…

Ariel Hortin demonstrates the Martha Graham contraction.

Therapeutic Dance and Dance Movement Therapy

Dance as therapy and dance in therapy: Ariel Hortin explains the unique benefits of dance movement therapy as a tool for improving self-awareness, developing the mind-body connection, and giving voice to feelings and experiences that aren’t easily articulated.

Full Body Feelings: A Movement Activity to Support Emotional Intelligence In a Masked Classroom

The BYU ARTS Partnership promotes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of the arts to impact student learning, well-being, and relationships in the classroom. We honor the work of certified/licensed arts therapists and do not promote that educators act as therapists. The following article was written by Ariel Hortin, a dance educator and mom of three from Vineyard, Utah. She is currently studying to become a Movement/Dance Therapist and Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Lesley University and is an adjunct professor in the BYU Dance Department. Ariel strives to be a catalyst for joy and facilitator for change through…

Utah’s Professional Arts Education Organization’s Support Arts Educators as They Return to School

Representing each art form, the presidents of the various Utah arts professional organizations created the Utah Arts Education Coalition. Since June 5th, these coalition members have been meeting weekly with Cathy Jensen and other state arts leaders to discuss the impact of Covid-19 on arts education in Utah. The purpose of these meetings is to share up-to-date information and decisions faced by the Utah State Board of Education, Utah legislators, and other state leaders so that the various professional arts organizations and their membership can coordinate efforts to advocate proactively DURING decision-making processes.   The Utah Arts Education Coalition is comprised…

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