Workshop Descriptions

Explore the Solar System: K–6

Dance, sing, and play your way through the galaxy as you learn about the planets, movement of the solar system, revolution vs. rotation, and phases of the moon.  Your students will become enthusiastic astronomers when you teach these lesson plans that integrate dance and music with the science core.

Angela Challis

Angela Challis graduated from BYU in Dance Education. At BYU she received the following awards; Outstanding Graduating Senior, Outstanding Research, and Outstanding Choreography Award. She studied dance in Cuba at The National School of Art in Havana. She graduated from Instituto Laredo, an Arts Magnet School in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Angela is currently a Dance Specialist for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts learning Program. She was adjunct faculty at BYU and UVU. She taught dance in Bolivia to Elementary, Junior High, and High School students. She is married to Chad, a computer genius. Angela and Chad have two daughters, a dog, a bunny, and a snake.

Jennifer Purdy

Jennifer Purdy has been a music educator for over 30 years and believes it's the happiest job in the world.  She has endorsements in Kodaly and Orff and currently teaches music at Highland Park Elementary in Salt Lake School District. In April 2014 she was named the district's Outstanding Arts and Education Educator of the Year. She also works as a professional development partner (PDP) for BYU in their ARTS Partnership program and in the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program where she specializes in music curriculum development and integration with classroom core subjects. For the last seven years Jen has been a composer-consultant for Utah Opera Company and writes original operas with elementary school children. Jennifer loves jazz, plays the piano in a swing band, and is passionate about advocating for elementary school arts programs.