Reflections on Dance Education: The Impact of Dance in Utah High Schools through the Eyes of the Student

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Documentation of student experiences with Dance Education is extremely important to, not only justify the relevance of art in education, but to better prepare our future secondary dance teachers. As a former high school teacher who is now teaching at a university in the same area, the opportunity has arisen to touch base with former students on a daily basis and discuss with them the aspects of their dance experience in high school, and more specifically, how it has affected their lives thus far. My research involves students who are pursuing dance as a profession, as well as those pursuing other occupations. The focus group involves high school graduates of any age, primarily so the information obtained could evolve from a reflective and objective point of view. Questions are asked about the dance program itself, as well as the dance educator’s role in their overall experience.


Keywords: Dance Education, Secondary Schools, Refection of Student Experiences
Stream: Art and Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Nichole Ortega

Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Dance, Utah Valley State College
Provo, Utah, USA

From 1984 – 1990 Nichole trained with Jacqueline P. College as a member and soloist with Utah Regional Ballet. She received a BS degree in Health Education and Dance Education at Brigham Young University in 1994. For ten years, Nichole worked as the modern dance educator and Dance Company Director at Payson High School in Payson, Utah. During this time she earned a MA degree in Dance at California State University, Long Beach. Currently Nichole is an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley State College, where she teaches ballet, modern, dance education, and other core courses.
She is an active member and president-elect of Utah Dance Education Organization and an active member of the National Dance Education Organization. She is the Arts Representative for the Utah Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, and is the Utah State Office of Education High School Dance Endorsment Representative.

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