Bethany Hansen graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, emphasizing Modern Dance in 1999. Upon graduation Bethany began teaching at Ricks College in Rexburg Idaho and taught there for thirteen semesters including time as Ricks transitioned to BYU-Idaho as it is now known.
Bethany is currently the Head of the Dance Department at the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts, and adjunct faculty at Westminster College. Her graduating students have gone on to dance professionally with The Walt Disney Company, Central West Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet and Stiletto Entertainment; while others have continued their collegiate study on scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College, North Carolina School for the Arts, The Hartt School, Cornish College of the Arts, The Boston Conservatory, and many other distinguished programs.
Bethany teaches master classes yearly at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and UDEO High School Festival. She has performed in Charette with Repertory Dance Theatre and also with Bay Area Dance in San Francisco. She loves to choreograph and has created more than 50 dance pieces. She has created work with as few as one dancer as well as production pieces that had hundreds of dancers including contributions to the LDS Sacramento California Temple and the Oquirrh Mountain Utah Temple celebrations.
Bethany describes her movement as, “powerful and driven by force, expansive and creative, yet it finds a controlled release by accessing proper anatomical alignment so it can be free. I like to play with shapes that utilize symmetry, asymmetry and levels that are fused together by detailed transitions.”
Her colleague Jared Larking has said, “The level of any class Bethany teaches is far beyond the level of high school work. At every moment the consummate professional, Bethany elevates the artistry of anyone with whom she comes in contact. Bethany isn’t simply interested in creating amazing dancers (which she does); she is interested in nurturing the artist within, and forming responsible, generous, hardworking, and contributing members of society.”
Another colleague Carrie Morgan says, “Her students not only magnify their talents in her classes, but they emerge more mature and responsible people, due to her leadership and guidance. She has a way of laughing with them, while expecting the very best from them. Bethany's work as a choreographer is truly in a class of its own. There is a detail, surprise and emotional depth to her work that is breathtaking. I often forget that her student performers are high school students.”
Her former Principal, Dr. Susan Brady has said, “Bethany Hansen is an organized, creative and wonderful department chair of our dance department. Over the years she has grown her department to include over 21 dance offerings. Her students are encouraged to dream bigger, reach further and achieve more. Bethany Hansen is beloved by her students, patrons and other faculty members.”
Bethany has received many awards including the SPA Legend award from the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts and the Sorenson Legacy Award for Excellence in Arts Education 2016 Outstanding Secondary Dance Educator.
Bethany is honored to be the 2016 Howard Gilman Fellowship recipient as she pursues her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Jacksonville, University in Jacksonville, Florida.
Sterling Scholar meeting that will be held Wednesday 17th right after school. It will be a quick informational session to students about how to win the Sterling Scholar Scholarships for our school.