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Kay Andersen - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Kay Andersen Kay Andersen

Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, Professor of Dance | Southern Utah University


Specializing in tap and modern dance techniques, performance education, and choreography


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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Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Performing Arts

Areas of Expertise (7)

Dance Choreography Composition Performance Improvisation Tap Dance Technique Modern Dance Technique

Accomplishments (4)

Lifetime Achievement Award (professional)

Awarded by the Utah Dance Education Organization, 2016

Distinguished Educator

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

Education (2)

Southern Utah University: B.A., Spanish

New York University: M.A., Dance Education/Performance and Choreography

Languages (1)

  • Spanish

Media Appearances (2)

SUU dance department presents Body Project

The Independent  


“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.”...

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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.”

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Courses (11)

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.