• Adjunct Assistant Professor, School Of Dance

Research Keywords

  • Folk or Ethnic Arts
  • Collaborative art
  • Choreography

Creative Research

  • "Gragnili Biliki" Creative research and performance choreography based on Georgian folk dance movement. Research was enhanced by cultural exchange with Ensemble Gurjaani of Georgia, and also contributed to reworking "Gantiadi" for Character Dance Ensemble's repertoire, as well as Georgian etude for Character Dance II course. Choreography, completed 11/07/2017.
  • "Gilaki Rice Dance" Creative research and performance choreography based on ethnic cultural traditions of northern Iran. Performances: Eccles Theatre Grand Opening (10/22/2016) and WorlDance (11/16/2016) Choreography, completed 11/16/2016.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Azerbaijan
    Choreographic interest, with small group study under the tutelage of Namus Zokhrabov (former soloist and resident choreographer with the State Ensemble of Azerbaijan).
  • Hungary
    Coordinated research trip for Character Dance Ensemble to study at the Hungarian Dance Academy (2015). Studied folk foundations of the Hungarian Csardas as applicable to ballet and character dance.


  • Sheedy-Kramer, J. (2015). The Symphony and the Ballet: Select Compositions of Tchaikovsky as an Educational Tool for Music and Ballet. The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Vol. 92. 47–65. Published, 03/2016.