Ballroom Dance Company

The Utah Valley University Ballroom Dance Company is one of the largest and most prestigious public collegiate ballroom dance programs in the United States. The company consists of the Touring Team, a Backup Tour Team and two Backup Training Teams. The UVU Ballroom Dance Company is currently under the direction of Chris Williams and Tara Boyd.

 Over the last several years, the UVU Ballroom Dance Company has grown into a premiere performance company. The team captured the nation's attention when they stormed onto the set of the popular ABC competitive dance show, Dancing with the Stars. After wowing the judges and wooing the nation's voting audience, UVU ran away with the coveted Mirror Ball trophy as the champions of the show's first-ever collegiate competition. The UVU Ballroom Dance Company has won four world titles at the Open British Championships held in Blackpool, England putting UVU in an elite category for collegiate dance teams. The Utah Valley University Ballroom Dance Company represented the United States of America at the Ninth China International Folk Art Festival in Yichang and Beijing, China in 2013. Only 14 countries were invited to perform in the Opening Ceremonies for a live audience of 40,000 people and televised to 1.3 billion viewers in China and abroad. Due to the success of this tour, the UVU Ballroom Dance Company was invited to return to China in July 2014 to perform at a large dance festival in Beijing. Many former UVU ballroom company dancers are now dancing professionally, attending graduate programs, and teaching in both private and academic settings.

The mission of the School of the Arts at Utah Valley University is to produce artists of the highest caliber who use their talents to make a positive difference and encourage productive change in the world. The UVU Ballroom Dance Company promotes access and appreciation for ballroom dancing through its training, performances, and educational initiatives. Company members are offered a serious, comprehensive, and intensive training in the dynamic field of ballroom dance, including studio instruction, engaging lectures, and real-world experiences. Company members take technique classes in International and American Styles of Ballroom Dance, including Latin, Standard Ballroom, Smooth, and Rhythm. Other areas of study include choreography, ballroom history, ballroom styles, and teaching methods. The ultimate goal of the program is to help students develop the skill, ingenuity, and creativity needed to enter the field of ballroom dance and successfully pursue long-term rewarding careers.

Chris Witt
Phone: 801-863-6757

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Synergy Dance Company explores the creative, technical, and performance realms of dance by producing innovative concerts of guest artist, faculty, and student choreography. The company members are dynamic performers as well as imaginative choreographers who present dance as a wonderfully diverse and lively performance art.

Synergy company members begin developing their choreography in August and delve into all aspects of producing a concert. Costumes, lighting, staging, and publicity are shared responsibilities that culminate in Synergy’s diverse concerts every December.


Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Contemporary Dance Ensemble (CDE) is a pre-professional level modern dance company and upper division course. CDE’s mission is to provide real world experiences as students develop and enrich their artistry and prepare for careers in dance. Company members’ work with a variety of nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers and have opportunities to perform regionally, nationally and internationally. CDE has been honored at the American College Dance Association dance conference by being selected to perform in the gala concert.

Auditions are held the first week of school each year. Please come prepared to take a contemporary modern dance class.



Recent Activities

CDE has been invited by RDT to participate in the Summerdance Workshop exploring the interaction between dance and the environment, and will be presenting/perform at the 2015 dance and the Child international conference in the Netherlands.
Dance and the Child international, Copenhagen, Denmark July 2015

CDE Highlights

  • American College Dance Association Gala Concert Performances
  • 2014 Material Tokens of the Freedom of Thought” Choreography by Angela Bancheo-Kelleher
  • 2013 “Caught in the Fringe” Choreography by Ismael Arrieta (student)
  • 2012 “The Final Hours” Choreography by Monica Campbell
  • 2009 “Interrupted” Choreography by Amy Markgraf Jacobson

Other Honors

  • 2013 NYC Dumbo Festival Performance “ Journey” Choreographed by Doris Trujillo
  • 2012 “The Final Hours” Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival
  • 2010 International tour to Spain 2010
  • 2009 “Interrupted” Conderdance Festival Tempe, AZ

Contemporary Dance Ensemble Guest Artists

Todd Allen
Charlotte Boye-Christenson
Mike Esperanza
Keith Johnson
Susan Hadley

Stephan Novakavich
Carl Flink
Damon Rago
Rosie Banchero
Natalie Desch


Repertory Ballet Ensemble

Repertory Ballet Ensemble is the resident performing company for the ballet program at Utah Valley University. The ensemble was founded in 2007 by Jacqueline College and is overseen by members of the UVU ballet faculty. Currently RBE is under the direction of Mark Borchelt and Jamie A. Johnson.

Since its inception, RBE has developed a notable reputation for presenting both classical and contemporary choreography with equal virtuosity. This achievement is reflective of the cross-disciplinary approach to the curriculum offered at UVU, where beyond their study of classical ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, and men's class, students study modern dance forms, dance history, choreography, and more. Current members of RBE are pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Ballet Emphasis. Past company dancers are now dancing professionally, attending graduate programs, and are teaching in both private and academic settings.

The mission of the School of the Arts at Utah Valley University is to produce artists of the highest caliber who understand the opportunity their talents provide for making positive and productive change in the world. Repertory Ballet Ensemble is proud to support this mission, and does so by promoting access and appreciation for ballet in the Intermountain Region through its training, performances, and educational initiatives.


Utah metropolitan Ballet

Utah Regional Ballet

Utah Metropolitan Ballet (UMB), formerly Utah Regional Ballet (URB), was established in 1980 by Founding Director Jacqueline P. College and has been the professional performing company in residency at Utah Valley University (UVU) in Orem, Utah since 1995. UMB is proud to provide an environment for local artists to develop their ballet skills at a professional level and offer its audiences an eclectic range of performances from classical to contemporary.

Utah Metropolitan Ballet delivers world-class ballet to Utah audiences as well as those nationally, and even abroad. Locally, UMB performs in many professional venues including the Provo Covey Center for the Arts, the SCERA Theater, the Ragan Theater at UVU, and the Jeanne Wagner Theatre in Salt Lake City. For audiences outside of the Wasatch Front, UMB tours extensively nationally, in addition to international tours in Europe and Asia. UMB participates in national and international exhibitions and competitions receiving high acclaim.

With a rich history spanning over three decades, acclaimed productions, a commitment to enrich the community and the premiere ballet school in the state,Utah Metropolitan Ballet is poised for an even greater future. UMB believes that the arts can change lives. Investing in the future, the company strives to educate on the value of dance and gives opportunities for all ages to participate in this living art form.


MOS.A.I.C. is a company within the UVU Department of Dance that promotes urban dance and culture for majors and non-majors as a means of personal and cultural expression. The companies name is an acronym for the most artistic inspired creators. The philosophy is that each student is a unique “tile” fitting in to the larger mosaic. MOS.A.I.C. is dedicated to unifying individual creators as unique “tiles” into an unceasingly ambitious collaborated artwork by bringing the power of urban dance to its culturally diverse audience.

Recent Activities

Mos.A.I.C recently had there end of the year showcase. The show consisted of 4 group numbers choreographed by guest artists and 5 student choreographed numbers. We also had singers, poppers, graffiti artists, and local crews perform at the show. The show was high energy, upbeat and had people singing, dancing and grooving along! Our end year show is always the last weekend in March in the Ragan Theater at UVU.

We also perform at UVU's Best Dance Crew every year.

Student Choreography

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