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History of Dance, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)
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Three classes in music for dance also were introduced at this time. These classes were taught by Miss Maurine Dewsnup, music director and composer. She accompanied technique classes and composed original music for the dance concerts that were presented.

In 1950 men appeared as dancers in concerts and as member of Orchesis. Costumes changed from long skits to leotards-a new look for modern dance. That same year, ballet was offered as part of the dance curriculum and in 1951 parallel programs of ballet and modern dance were offered at the University of Utah. Willam F. Christensen (a Utah native) came to the university to establish a major program of ballet that would train dancers to perform in a student company. This later became the highly visible professional ballet company Ballet West.


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