Student Organizations

03 January 2019 Published in News and Announcements


Established in 1967, orchesis acts as the honor society for the University of Utah’s School of Dance. Orchesis recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional achievement within the School of Dance in regards to performance, choreography, and/or service. The student committee fundraises year-round for School of Dance scholarships through various fundraising events. Orchesis works to promote student wellness through providing service around the Marriott Center for Dance as well as around the Salt Lake community.

Character Dance Ensemble:

Character Dance Ensemble (CDE) is a folk and character dance performance group. Every May, they represent the UNiversity of Utah and the School of Dance by traveling globally upon invitation from international schools and companies to study and learn traditional regional dances with the local instructors. Additionally, they get to perform their repertoire and share their current knowledge of dance and culture with the locals. The following year, CDE adds these new dances from their most recent trip into their annual repertoire. They use these dances to participate in local performances and teach character workshops throughout the University and Salt Lake community. The clubs purpose is to introduce new culture to the dancers through travel and movement so that they may go about sharing their experience and knowledge with others.