Kay Andersen is the department chair for theatre arts and dance at Southern Utah University. He choreographs, teaches improvisation, composition, modern dance technique, tap dance technique and is co-advisor for the Orchesis Modern Dance Club.
Andersen has performed worldwide and worked with many dance companies, including the American Fork Ballet, Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance Company in New York and Imago Dance Theatre in Florence, Italy.
Andersen earned a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Southern Utah University and a master of arts in dance performance/education and choreography from New York University.
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Lifetime Achievement Award (professional)
Awarded by the Utah Dance Education Organization, 2016
2014, Southern Utah University
So You Think You Can Choreograph Winner
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Rose Wagner Theater
T-Bird Professor of the Year
Southern Utah University
Southern Utah University: B.A., Spanish
New York University: M.A., Dance Education/Performance and Choreography
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SUU dance department presents Body Project
“In addition to the innovative work of faculty, a piece titled ‘Bach Suite’ created by internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Murray Louis and taught by Alberto Del Saz will be performed by our students,” said Kay Andersen, chair of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. “It is an honor to present this dance, which has been tested by time and performed throughout the world on prestigious stages.”...
Andersen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Southern Utah University online
On November 5, Southern Utah University’s own Kay Andersen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Utah Dance Education Organization’s (UDEO) Annual Fall Conference held at Utah Valley University.
Andersen is the current Chair of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department in the College of Performing and Visual Arts. He has worked as a professor at SUU for over 19 years. On hearing that he received the award, he said, “I feel very humbled to have received this recognition. Of course it makes me reflect about how it is possible so many years have passed.”
DANC 1520 Folk/Cultural Dance
This course is designed to introduce the general student to folk and cultural dances from various countries. This will be an experiential-based class that brings physicality to the historical context and significance of different folk and cultural dances.
DANC 2080 Improvisation
Exploration and development of improvisational techniques used in the creation process.
DANC 2120 Tap Dance II
Continued study of the fundamental techniques of tap dance.
DANC 2160 Modern Dance III
Introduction to and development of the fundamentals of contemporary dance technique. Admission by placement.
DANC 2540 Dance Practicum
This course provides students an opportunity to work under directors, designers, or choreographers to gain performance or production experience.
DANC 3010 Rhythmic Form & Analysis
Analysis of rhythmic structure relative to movement through the study of elements of music and music structures: sight reading, note values, reading and writing metric patterns. Practical exploration of rhythmic properties of pulse, meter, tempo, beat, accent, mood, intensity, and phrases with application to movement/dance principles.
DANC 3120 Tap Dance III
Intermediate level of tap dance technique.
DANC 3180 Modern Dance VI
Continuing exploration of contemporary dance technique at an upper intermediate level with emphasis on more complex movement phrasing, rhythmic variation, and use of space. May be repeated three times for credit.
DANC 3510 Dance Composition I
Elements of space, time and qualities of movement are basis for improvisational and compositional study.
DANC 4640 Special Projects in Dance
Special projects for dance majors.
DANC 4890 Internship
Internships for dance majors.