Marin Roper | Department of Dance
Faith in the Flesh


Marin Leggat Roper, CLMA (Integrated Movement Studies), MFA (University of Utah), is Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University where she teaches studio and lecture courses in somatics, contemporary technique, composition, Dance History, and Dance & Identity. Past academic positions include George Washington University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Asian International School (Sri Lanka) and Bingham High School (Utah). In NYC, Marin founded M.E.L.D. Danceworks, a dance company committed to “dissolving religious and cultural barriers through the art of dance.” In that capacity, she served as a U.S Cultural Envoy to India, collaborating on an original work, “Light Traces,” with 26 dancers of the Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company in Mumbai. Since then, she has returned often to partner with artistic, educational and non-government organizations there. Marin is the author of Moving Out Loud!, a movement and leadership curriculum inspiring Bold Living and Bold Leading in girls and women through applied somatic principles. Her writing on dance and empathy is included in the textbook, Dance Education Around the World. Besides her work in Contemporary dance, Marin has choreographed over 25 musicals, most recently “Into the Woods” here at BYU in 2017. A proud BYU alum, Marin often credits her experience touring as a member of Young Ambassadors for instilling a curiosity about the world, its people and cultures.

Faith + Works Lecture Series | Marin Roper

Marin Roper discusses her struggles with the concept of duality as a single LDS woman and choreographer in NYC.

Marin Roper discusses her experiences with somatic practice and its role in her journey as an artist.

Faith in the Flesh

March 7, 2019 Lecture

Maybe you are not what you accomplish. That is the point Professor Marin Roper made apparent within the first few minutes of her lecture.

“Those of you for whom life may not be going the way that you thought it would be or that choices are being made for you — I have you on my mind today,” said Roper. “I hope you feel the love of your Heavenly Father and I hope the Spirit teaches you what it is you need to know.”

She incorporated dance pieces she choreographed herself and asked the audience to consider what the moving body teaches us about empathy, yielding and wholeness.


To see other lectures from this series, visit the Faith + Works Lecture Series home page.