Nathan Balser, originally from Springville, UT, and a graduate of Brigham Young University (BS) and the University of Utah (MFA) is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance. He is currently the artistic director of Contemporary Dance Theatre, a student performing and touring dance group at BYU. He teaches all levels of contemporary modern dance plus various levels of jazz, ballet and musical theatre dance. His performance career includes Broadway shows Promises, Promises with Kristen Chenowith, Legally Blonde, 9 to 5: The Musical, Damn Yankees as well as National Tours of Mamma Mia!, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, and Minsky’s. He has danced with Repertory Dance Theatre, John
Malashock and dancers, Molissa Fenley, Contemporary Dance Works, and Odyssey Dance Theatre. Nathan also enjoys choreography and you may have seen his work at Sundance Summer Theatre for the shows Annie Get Your Gun and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He also choreographs for CDT, the Young Ambassadors and On Broadway Academy. His greatest love is his wife and four children.
Angela Banchero-Kelleher, MFA, is an Associate Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. She has had a professional career spanning over twenty years, including 15 years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), during which time she was a featured dancer in both the classical and contemporary work spanning the modern repertory from Duncan to Zvi Gotheiner. Her performance/teaching career has taken her to venues worldwide, including the La Bella Vita Arts dance workshop in Italy for 4 years and as a guest teacher at Repertory Dance Theatre’s summer workshop specializing in Humphrey/Limon technique. She maintains a deep commitment to RDT and continues to teach and reset roles for the company, most recently the solo from Pigs and Fishesby Elisa Monte. She has presented her choreography internationally, notably Lacuna in Copenhagen at the daCi International conference and Blackbird in Austria. Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought, was selected for the gala concert at the regional ACDA concert in Missoula, Montana and was performed by Repertory Dance Theatre this past spring. she is currently pursuing scholarship that reflects her interest in dance as a vehicle for social and political activism, presenting her scholarly research internationally and co- publishing a paper in the International Journal of Arts in Society. Angela was awarded the School of the Arts Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016.
Amy Markgraf Jacobson is an Assistant Professor of Modern Dance at Utah Valley University. Amy began her love for moving and dancing as a child with Brigham Young University’s Young Dancemakers. That love for creating, exploring, and learning has guided her throughout her life as a teacher, choreographer, artistic director, mover, and human being. Her choreography has been honored and performed at several (5) American College Dance Festivals Gala Performances, choreographic showcases as as well as throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, South America,
Philippians, and Asia. Her teaching and choreography reaches out to elementary school children, high schools, universities, teachers and adults of all levels. Amy research focus on training and conditioning the dancer of today,
mentoring student choreography, and creating new and innovative new works of her own. Amy has taught dance workshops for the Utah State Office of Education, Utah school districts, and has been a member of the Utah State of Education curriculum Writing Team for Dance. Recent projects include collaborative projects bringing dance to elementary education students through classes and performances throughout Utah and the British Isles as well as creating a Dance Study Abroad Program. Current, projects include “ Lacuna” and “Sense of Place” with fellow
faculty member Angie Bancheo-Kelleher. Amy is a National Board Member of dance and the Child international. Amy holds a B.S. in Dance Education from Utah State University, a MA from Brigham Young University, and a MFA from the University of Utah. Amy is currently the Modern Dance and Dance Education Program Coordinator at UVU and the former Artistic Director of Synergy Dance Company. Amy teaches modern dance technique, dance kinesiology, modern
dance teaching methods, and dance conditioning. Amy’s loves include hers two rambunctious and inquisitive little men, yard work, vacations, reading, her constant attempt to stay in shape, time with her husband, movies, and discovering the little joys in life’s journey. Professional memberships include National Dance Education Association, International Dance Science and Medicine, and Dance and the Child International.
Thank you to our 2017 Adjudicators
Doris Hudson de Trujillo