chair of the Brigham Young University Department of Dance since 2011, graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Dance Performance in 1979. She later graduated from BYU with her MA in Dance in 1984.
Berrett has been involved in several landmark events in the college’s history. In 2002, she founded Kinnect, a student outreach dance company at BYU. The goal of the company is to teach dance as a creative process to elementary and middle school age children, following the U.S. national dance standards and the Utah State dance core curriculum.
Since 2006, she has participated in the Chinese Arts Education Leaders Workshop, a program where art instructors from mainland China come to BYU and conference with BYU faculty on teaching the arts.
In 2010, she delivered a University Devotional address entitled Earnest Prayer. Her remarks can be found here.
She has served on BYU's ARTS Partnership coordinating council, on the dance and Child international (daCi) board, and as president of the Utah Dance Education Organization (UEDO). Berrett presents professional development workshops for arts leadership organizations, professional dance companies and universities in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of BYU's 2013 Alumni Professorship, 1998 Excellence in Teaching award, and grants from the Utah Arts Council, the BYU Laycock Center, Mary Lou Fulton Chair, and Office of Research.
She has been a master teacher in the Utah Artist in Education program, and is a certified elementary educator and independent dance artist. Her choreography has been featured in stage and film productions across the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
Berrett will be speaking at the Convocation for the College of Fine Arts and Communications in August, 2014.
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