Amy, Markgraf
Associate Professor- Modern Dance / Dance Educaton
GT 684
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -


University of Utah- MFA

Brigham Young University MA

Utah State University  BS

Secondary Teaching License



Modern Dance Technique DANC 143-442

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

Synergy Dance Company DANC 346

Contemporary Dance Ensemble DANC 446






Amy Markgraf Jacobson (MFA, MA) is an Associate Professor of Dance and the Dance Education Program Coordinator at Utah Valley University. Amy has studied with many acclaimed dance artists and has performed and taught nationally and internationally. As an award winning choreographer her works have been recognized at numerous American College Dance Association's Gala Performances and well as chosen as an alternate for the National Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Amy's choreography 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 throughout the United States. 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 continues her dance conditioning research and is currently active in presenting and 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 presented this material in Hong Kong in 2016 and will present again in Houston in 2017. Amy has been a board member at large of dance and the Child international' for the past nine years and just completed teaching at the national gathering in July. 


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.  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.