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Michael Crotty - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Michael Crotty Michael Crotty

Assistant Professor of Dance | Southern Utah University


Specializing in queer theory, space harmony, and creative movement in elementary education


Michael Crotty is a professor of dance at Southern Utah University. As a dance artist and teacher, his interdisciplinary works explore the integration of queerness with literature through movement, text, and music. Crotty's goals is to make dance accessible to all bodies all of the time. He is relentlessly seeking opportunities to critically engage students and educators in activities that integrate dance into an individual’s relevant area of interest.

Crotty's work has been commissioned and produced for The Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, The Standard Hotel, Diavolo Dance Theater, The University of Dayton, Columbia College, the Salt Lake City Public Library, Sugar Space for the Arts, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, The Southern Utah Museum of Art and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Crotty earned his bachelor of fine arts from Ohio State University and CODARTS Conservatory in the Netherlands and a master of fine arts in modern dance from the University of Utah.





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SUU: A Community of Caring Meet Our Professors: Michael Crotty, Dance


Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Performing Arts

Areas of Expertise (13)

Creative Movement for Children Creative Movement in Elementary Education Modern Dance Technique Classical Dance Modern Dance Dance Composition Dance Performance Literary Romanticism Queer Theory Space Harmony Pedagogy Laban Movement Analysis Classical Ballet

Accomplishments (2)

Dee Winterton Award (professional)

University award presented by the Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah, 2016

Integrated Movement Studies Scholarship (professional)

Full scholarship for Integrated Movement Studies Certification, 2015-2016

Education (3)

University of Utah: M.F.A., Modern Dance

Ohio State University: B.F.A., Dance

Codarts Conservatory: EU, Dance

Affiliations (2)

  • National Dance Education Organization
  • Utah Dance Education Organization - Higher Education Ambassador

Media Appearances (7)

SUU presents “Naamah’s Ark”

The Independent: A Voice for Utah  online


“’Naamah’s Ark’ presented an ideal opportunity to foster collaboration between faculty and students,” said Michael Crotty, choreographer for “Naamah’s Ark.” “Embedded in the work is the notion of inclusion and glimpses of hope amid dire straits.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Michael Crotty

School of Dance  online


Since Graduation, I have been appointed a tenure-track faculty position at Southern Utah University. Additionally, I am the Dance Education Program Director. I continue to develop and present my choreographic and pedagogic research. I’ve been focusing on doing good outside of my respective discipline.

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Shall We Dance?

Catalyst Magazine  online


You won’t need a ticket for the Mudson works-in-progress series from LoveDanceMore because the shows are free. The first Mudson of the fall season takes place September 15 at the Wasatch Presbyterian Church (1626 S. 1700 E., SLC) and features works by Temria Air­met, Michael Crotty, Sarah Longoria, Kat Martinez and Emma Wilson. It’s a chance to see cutting-edge dance and to hobnob with other dancers and dance fans.

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School of Dance to Take Over Arts Bash

University of Utah  online


Students and faculty from the School of Dance will move the hearts, minds and, of course, the bodies of hundreds of University of Utah students this Wednesday, during Arts Bash. This annual event showcases the creativity, hard work, and innovative spirit of the different departments of the College of Fine Arts.

Modern Dance MFA candidate, Nick Blaylock, will kick-off the School of Dance’s performances on Wednesday, and will be followed by Modern Dance MFA candidate Michael Crotty.

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Sugar Space: Cameo

Salt Lake City Weekly  online


As 2015 slowly comes to a close, performing arts companies and spaces draw their seasons shut for the first half, and prepare for the second half to kick off in January. But there's still a handful of performances left for people to take in that aren't holiday-centric, and offer an alternative for audiences seeking a different kind of show. Tomorrow night, The Sugar Space presents Cameo, an evening of one single work created by Michael Crotty as part of their residence program, featuring performers from the University of Utah, BYU and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.

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The Sugar Space: Boyhood

Salt Lake City Weekly  online


While other performances spaces are closing up shop for the summer, The Sugar Space is planning ahead to bring you small productions throughout those months from a variety of artists and performers. The latest addition to their lineup is Boyhood, a two-night dance experience that will kick off this Thursday, April 30. The show will feature two premiere performances: "Night with Veronica Calloway" by Ching-I Chang and "The Dead Tree" by Michael Crotty. Today we chat with Crotty about his career and creating this new work.

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5 Dance Shows to See in L.A. This Week, Including a Nutcracker With Audience Participation

LA Weekly  


L.A. Contemporary Dance Company artistic director Kate Hutter oversees this Urban Nut, a contemporary riff on the classic Nutcracker. An audience member is chosen at each performance to participate as Clara or Clarence, who falls asleep at a performance of The Nutcracker, only to be drawn into a dream where the traditional story takes on modern-day elements, including a colorful cast of characters and an au courant soundtrack. (Only audience members who submit their name on arrival will be recruited, so the shy need not worry.) LACDC company members Kate Andrews, Christian Beasley, Genevieve Carson, Michael Crotty, Marcello de sa Martens, Andrew Pearson, JM Rodriguez, Melissa Schade, Kim Thompson, Diana Vaden and Hutter perform and also contributed choreography.

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Courses (9)

DANC 2150 Classical Ballet III

Entry level course for dance majors in classical ballet. Focus on developing technical proficiency and expanding the student’s vocabulary of classical ballet

DANC 3180 Modern 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.

DANC 3500 Dance History

A conceptual and historical examination of dance as part of the human experience from its historical roots to its present status in a variety of cultures.

DANC 3530 Principles of Choreography

This course will aid the student to further develop elements of dance composition, utilization of phrasing, abstraction and motif development. Motif development incorporating small group studies. Emphasis on improvisation.(

DANC 3900 Creative Movement for Children

This course is designed to provide resources and strategies to introduce creative movement into an elementary education curriculum. It will provide material for movement, organization techniques, and suggestions for guiding children through creative exploration and discoveries through movement.

DANC 4300 Dance Ensemble

Enrollment by audition. Advanced study in ensemble performance.

DANC 4900 Advanced Methods in Dance Education

Advanced methods and theories in teaching dance in secondary schools. Organizational techniques, unit/lesson plan development and assessment will be studied. Primary focus is on practical instruction.

DANC 4915 Advanced Methods in Dance Education - Lab

Practical instruction in course design, including curriculum mapping, syllabus design, unit and lesson design, classroom management and practical application of teaching methods.

DANC 4980 Student Teaching