Elementary In-School Arts Experiences


Ballet West for Children—Ballet West

Kids in Motion Two-Week Residency—Ririe Woodbury

Dance is for Everybody!—Ririe Woodbury

Teacher Workshops and Lecture Demonstrations—Children's Dance Theatre

RDT Movement Classes and Lecture Demonstrations—Repertory Dance Theatre

Kinnect Dance Company—Brigham Young University Department of Dance

Traditionz Folk Dance Ensemble—Brigham Young University Department of Dance



Media Arts

Real to Reel—Utah Film Center

Video Game Design—Spy Hop



Opera by Children—Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre

Who Wants to be an Opera Star?—Utah Opera

Symphony for the Schools—Utah Symphony



Storytelling Programs—Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

BYU Young Company

UVU Noorda Youth Theatre


Visual Art

Art Talks—Springville Museum of Art

Museum in the Classroom—Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Traveling Museum Project—Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Book Arts Treasure Chest


Elementary Arts Field Trip Opportunities

In-Theatre Matinees—Ballet West

Fifth-Grade Concerts—Utah Symphony

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera Open Rehearsals

Production Studio and Capitol Theatre Tours—Utah Opera

Annual Concert for Children with Special Needs and Their Families—Utah Symphony & Utah Opera

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

BYU Arts

BYU Museum of Art

Springville Museum of Art

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Tumbleweeds Festival—Utah Film Center


Opportunities for Secondary Students


Utah High School Dance Festival

The Utah High School Dance Festival boasts attendance of approximately 800 students annually. Supported by the Utah School Board of Education, the festival offers a multitude of opportunities for high school students including:

  • auditions for scholarships from university and professional dance programs
  • adjudications and feedback sessions with dance professionals from universities and professional dance companies from throughout the state
  • introduction to recruiters from colleges and universities in Utah and surrounding states
  • classes with a wide range of professionals from various genres and cultural dance forms
  • recognition of members of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts
  • performing in the gala performance
  • awards for student choreography and performance excellence

Free Professional Performances

Local professional dance companies offer students free tickets to their student matinees that are abbreviated versions of their full-length evening performances performed during the school day. All you need to do is provide the transportation to the performance space. Check local university dance departments for opportunities to view college-level performances.

Ballet West: education@balletwest.org
Ririe-Woodbury: education@ririewoodbury.com
Repertory Dance Theatre: lynne@rdtutah.org
Children’s Dance Theatre: tannerdance@utah.edu

University Days of Dance

Many university dance programs will host high school students on campus for a full day of workshops, campus tours, and audition experience. Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah Valley University each provide their own day of dance, as may others. Check your local universities dance program websites for more information.

Choreographic Residencies

Professional dance companies in Utah (such as Repertory Dance Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury, Wasatch Contemporary Dance Company, SALT, and others) send their dancers to choreograph for junior high and high school dance companies. This experience provides students with the opportunity to work closely with professional dancers and choreographers. Contact local dance companies in your area for more information on providing a professional guest artist for your students.

National Honor Society of Dance Arts

UDEO as a state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), proudly supports the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) for middle and high school age students in K–12 schools. Inducted students are encouraged to include their membership in scholarship packets and/or résumés for college or dance employment. All students inducted receive:

  • a certificate of membership in the NHSDA
  • an NHSDA honor cord and gold pin for graduation ceremonies
  • invitations to participate in resume-building and college preparation events
  • mailings generated by the state chapters

Other opportunities:

  • Summer Dance Workshops
  • Sterling Scholar
  • Reflections Contests