University of Utah- MFA
Brigham Young University MA
Utah State University BS
Secondary Teaching License
Modern Dance Technique
Modern Dance Teaching Methods DANC 3450
Modern Dance Teaching Practicum DANC 4400
Dance in the Elementary School DANC 3400
Dance Conditioning DANC 1600
Dance Kinesiology DANC 3680
Amy Markgraf Jacobson is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Dance Education Program Coordinator at Utah Valley University. Amy holds a MFA from the University of Utah where she was a member of Performing Dance Company and was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. She has a MA from Brigham Young University where she performed, taught and toured internationally with the Dancers’ Company (CDT) and was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and the Dancers’ Choice Award. She received a B.S. in Dance Education and Biology from Utah State University where she was awarded the Marie Eccles Caine Scholarship, the USU Outstanding Talent Award, and the Outstanding Student Teacher Award. Her love for moving and dancing began as a child with Brigham Young University’s Creative Dance Program. That love for creating, exploring, and learning has guided her throughout her life as a teacher, choreographer, and performer. Her choreography has been honored at numerous (6) American College Dance Festivals Gala Performances and has been an alternate for the National Festival at the Kennedy Center. It has been showcased in festivals such as ConderDance Choreographer Showcase at the Tempe Arts Center for the Arts and has won events such as Utah Regional Ballet’s Choreographer’s Showcase. Her works have been commissioned by UVU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble, BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theater, UVU’s Repertory Ballet Ensemble, USU’s Danceworks, BYUIdaho Contemporary Dance Theater, and has toured throughout the United States, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, South America, Philippians, and Asia. Her teaching and choreography reaches out to elementary school children, high schools, universities, teachers, and movers of all levels. Amy has taught dance workshops and presentations nationally and internationally. She has been a member of the Utah State Office of Education Curriculum Writing Team for the 2017 Core Standards in Dance.
Her current research focuses on the anatomy, training, and conditioning the dancer of today. She is currently writing a book about dance conditioning which includes a conditioning program specific to modern dancers that she co-created with Kate Monson (Assistant Professor, BYU). They have presented this research at the National Dance Education Organization Conference in Chicago and Phoenix and at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science in Hong Kong.
Past projects have included several collaborations with Angie Banchero-Kelleher. Including participation in dance and the Child international Conference in Copenhagen Denmark to present “Windows” with Contemporary Dance Ensemble supported by a UVU GEL grant, “Life and Water” a collection of dances inspired by Capitol Reef, “Connecting” an investigation of sense of place as community building in lecture / performances throughout Utah and the British Isles with Synergy Dance Company supported by an Orem Care Grant and UVU Engaged Learning Grant and creating a study abroad in London. They also have facilitated teaching residencies and performances in collaboration with Repertory Dance Theater. She has participated with colleagues at USU in developing a distance education course “Movement Exploration for Elementary Distance Education” funded by an USU Innovation Grant.
She is active in the Utah Dance Education Organization, the National Dance Education Organization, International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and Dance, and dance and the Child International where she serves as a board member at large. Amy is the former artistic director of Synergy Dance Company and co-artistic director of Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She teaches modern dance technique, dance kinesiology, dance pedagogy, dance conditioning and dance orientation. Amy has been the recipient of several UVU GEL and CEL grants, Faculty Development Grant, Presidential Award, Orem City Care Grants, Marie Eccles Caine Grants, Sorensen Grant, UVU Dean’s Recognition Award for Scholarly Work- Creative, USU Faculty Teaching Award.
Amy and her husband have two amazing boys and a dog. If she gets free time she enjoys sleep, yard work, hiking, time at the beach, vacations, reading, food, scuba diving, cross-fit, and movies, time with friends.