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Dance Overview

Dance Contact:  Mr. Nathan Shaw, nshaw@judgememorial.com 

The award-winning Judge Memorial Catholic High School Dance Department is headed by outstanding choreographer and skilled technician, Nathan Shaw. Providing additional support is Ms. Jeanette Sawaya, National Dance Teacher of the Year in 2000.

The Judge Memorial Dance Program offers classes for all levels of dancers, boys and girls, frosh through seniors. In addition to the work they do every day in the beautiful, historic Weigand Dance studio, the Dance department performs numerous times throughout the year. Major events and performances include Bulldog Boogie in the fall; Winter Dance Concert, held in December; the Spring Dance Concert held annually in late spring, and various class concerts.
 
In The News:
 
In January 2016, students in Mr. Chris Sloan's New Media Class created a video for PBS.org/NewsHour "Outside the Box" initiative for Student Reporting labs on breaking stereotypes. The video, "Let's Dance" featured the Judge Memorial Men's Dance Program and was created by Mary Oliver '17, Chloe Schafer '17, and Katie Scott '17.  View the video at these links:
   *  NewsHour's Student Reporting Labs channel on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/149915505
 
In March 2014, the City Weekly Staff named the Judge Memorial Dance Program the "Best High School Dance Company" in their annual "Best of ..." issue.
"At many high schools, anything that doesn’t include a ball or bleachers—like dance, band, drama or debate—is given the short shrift. Not so at Judge Memorial, where all things academic and art thrive. That’s especially so in the dance department, particularly with the laudable addition of Nathan Shaw, who melds his Repertory Dance Theatre experience with Jeanette Sawaya, a former National Dance Teacher of the Year. Last season’s modern-dance performance of No Boundaries was worthy of a downtown Salt Lake City stage. No less is expected from the 2014 performance of Walls this May 1-3. And get this—25 percent percent of Judge students take a dance class—there’s even one class of all males."