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Enter a New World: BYU's "World of Dance"

September 09, 2022 02:00 PM
BYU’s First Dance Performance of the School Year Will Also Be a Farewell to the de Jong
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Ballroom in Concert: Celebrating 60 Years of Ballroom at BYU

April 01, 2022 10:44 AM
The ballroom dance program at BYU is turning 60 and is celebrating in style with its spring performance of “Ballroom in Concert”
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A Transfer Student Advocate: Athena Davis

October 20, 2021 12:00 AM
A transfer student from UNLV, Davis is making inclusive strides for the future of dance transfers
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Ballet Dancer Ana Brooks on Everything She Does in 24 Hours

October 18, 2021 12:00 AM
A guide on everything a dance major does in a day: with Ana Brooks
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“Won’t You Come to the Creamery?” IFDE’s Collaboration with FME Brings Campus Landmarks to Life

September 16, 2021 12:00 AM
When Jeanette Geslison was rehearsing IFDE’s American Western, her husband changed the lyrics to the song – and before they knew it, they were filming at BYU’s famous Creamery
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New Dance Project Shatters Misconceptions and Challenges Stereotypes

August 03, 2021 12:00 AM
Two directors, two dance troupes, one new project: Living Kinnected
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A BYU Dancer’s Fall from Grace and Her Triumphant Climb Back to the Top

June 28, 2021 12:00 AM
BYU Dance alum Kaley Jensen was on cloud nine with the many accomplishments and successes coming her way, until one day it all came to a crashing halt
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From Sacrifice to Success: Theatre Ballet’s Alex Clark

June 14, 2021 12:00 AM
Ballerina Alex Clark went from a small studio to portraying Myrtha in BYU Theatre Ballet’s performance of ballet classic “Giselle”
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BYU American Folk Dance Ensemble represents CIOFF USA at International Festival

December 14, 2020 12:00 AM
BYU’s Folk Dance team was invited to perform in the Camagua Virtual international Festival on December 9
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BYU Professor shares her journey from dancing to filmmaking in Bolivia and Utah

December 09, 2020 12:00 AM
Angela Rosales Challis was invited to speak in a filmmakers panel about her experience with dance films and diversity
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Racial Microaggressions in Dance: A BYU Professor’s Take on Asian American Stereotypes

November 02, 2020 12:00 AM
Professor Kori Wakamatsu’s newly published article examines microaggressions in dance settings BYU dance education professor Kori Wakamatsu recently published a scholarly article in the Journal of Dance Education. Her article is titled Asian American Perspectives: From Microaggressions to Microprogressions - How Small Choices Can Make a Big Difference in the Dance Classroom. Wakamatsu started researching this topic about two years ago because she wanted to be able to more fully understand and explain microaggressions. She prepared to write it by studying different microaggressions. She also sat in on some of BYU’s race and ethnicity courses. The article explores how microaggressions can affect minority students in the dance classroom. Wakamatsu examines the idea specifically from the perspective of Asian Americans, outlining the different stereotypes that affect Asian Americans and how those stereotypes can show up in the world of dance. One example given in the article is the Chinese Dance in “The Nutcracker.” Wakamatsu’s article quoted journalist Jennifer Fisher, who said, “I ran into effervescent young ballet girls, most of them white, who dutifully told me that the Chinese Dance helped them ‘learn about other cultures.’ What I saw them learning was how to flatten anyone of Asian descent into a cartoon.” Wakamatsu has had personal experience with Asian American stereotypes throughout her life. She was born in Korea, but was adopted by an American family and grew up in West Valley, Utah. People tend to get confused by her last name, because it’s Japanese, but it actually comes from her husband, who is half Japanese, half white. She said the most common microaggression that she has gotten throughout her life was people asking where she’s from and automatically assuming she’s a foreigner. “I have a love/hate relationship with the ‘where are you from?’ question. I've gone through my own personal arc and journey with it. When I was growing up I actually really loved that question because I thought it was unique and special to say, ‘I was born in Korea, but I'm adopted,’” Wakamatsu said. “But it became a point of conflict for me my freshman year at BYU. You spend a lot of time getting to know people, and asking where everyone’s from, but if I ever said I was from Salt Lake or West Valley I would always get the second question, ‘no, where are you really from?’” In her article, Wakamatsu suggests replacing microaggressions in dance and other aspects of life with microprogressions, or small daily actions that challenge stereotypes. “The dance classroom is a fertile setting to pursue microprogressions and challenge microaggressions. The expressive use of the body through movement means that dance can distinctly address racial microaggressions,” Wakamatsu said in the article. This “forever foreigner” stereotype that Wakamatsu has experienced is one of five common Asian American stereotypes that Wakamatsu outlined in her article. The other four stereotypes are the model minority myth, the common characterization of Asians in American media, the expected conformity of all Asian Americans, and the invisibility of Asian Americans. “I hope the article helps increase awareness about personal biases. There's this stereotype that Asian Americans are the model minority, and I tried to make the point that even a positive stereotype can have limiting and negative consequences. I hope that teachers especially can have more awareness of that,” Wakamatsu said. Wakamatsu’s article invites dance teachers and professors to stop every so often and evaluate their own teaching. She lists several questions that teachers can ask themselves to become more aware of possible microaggressions they might be using when they teach. She also invites teachers to think about how they can better help the minority students in their classes to feel empowered. “Teachers are in a position of authority and play a critical role in diffusing and unpacking microaggressions that occur in the classroom,” Wakamatsu’s article reads. “The impulse might be to avoid or ignore these situations, yet dance educators have a responsibility to embrace the messy struggle of race-based discourse.”
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How a BYU Dance Alum Worships Through Dance

October 22, 2020 12:00 AM
Bronte Hopkins extends beyond her usual modern dance to teach new forms
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Behind Camera and Curtain: Students and Faculty Work Behind the Scenes at BYU Dance LIVE

October 02, 2020 12:00 AM
Arts production and dance departments join forces to produce weekly virtual performances
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An unexpected job opportunity: BYU performers find work with NYC elementary students

September 21, 2020 12:00 AM
Eliza and Taft Robinson are applying their BYU dance education to their current jobs as elementary school teachers.
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Meet the Students Behind the Piano in BYU’s Ballet Studios

July 15, 2020 12:00 AM
BYU provides pianists a rare opportunity to train in ballet accompaniment
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