Justine Sheedy-Kramer

Adjunct Associate Professor

MFA University of Utah, BFA University of Utah

Justine Sheedy-Kramer received her BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Utah Ballet Department, with emphases in Teaching, Choreography, Performance, and Character Dance. She also studied and performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Washington Academy of Performing Arts, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, Utah Contemporary Ballet, Exit 12 Dance Company, Ballet Theatre Company, and CONNetic Dance. Justine has toured nationally and internationally with Character Dance Ensemble and Eastern Artists as both a dancer and choreographer, and continues to be involved with these organizations.

Justine teaches Character Dance for the University of Utah School of Dance and has also taught Ballet, Pointe, Character Dance, Senior Capstone, and Music for Ballet Dancers at Utah Valley University. She serves as Operations Director and faculty member for Salt Lake City Ballet. Justine’s variety of teaching and choreographic experience includes staging the full-length productions of Coppélia and Don Quixote for Saint Mary’s Hall; establishing collaborative projects between the Ballet Program and School of Music at the University of Utah; and partnering with the Turnaround Arts initiative as part of the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities. Her research interests draw from these opportunities and include the analysis of best practices for collaborative projects in the arts, as well as the use of ballet and character dance as a foundation for community outreach and cross-cultural communication. Justine enjoys the opportunity to teach for a variety of workshops as a guest instructor, including Ballet West, Emerald Ballet Theatre, Wasatch Ballet Conservatory, Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy, and University of Utah Ballet Summer Intensives.

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