Professor Marilyn Berrett, Department of Dance Chair, MA Brigham Young University, BA University of Utah, is the founder of Kinnect, a BYU dance-education outreach company that presents interactive dance assemblies and workshops to over 12,000 children annually. She has artistically directed university and community dance companies, been a master teacher in the Utah Artist in Education program, a certified elementary educator and independent dance artist. Her choreography has been featured in award winning films and main stage productions across the US and in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. She serves on BYU’s A.R.T.S, Partnership coordinating council, the dance and the Child international board of directors and is a past-president of the Utah Dance Education Organization.
Berrett presents professional development workshops for arts leadership organizations, professional dance companies and universities in the US and abroad most recently Taiwan and China. Berrett’s honors include grants for choreography, technological instructional tools, and student mentoring. She is the recipient of BYU’s 2010-2013 Alumni Professorship, 1998 Excellence in Teaching award, and grants from the Utah Arts Council, and the BYU Laycock Center, Mary Lou Fulton Chair, and Office of Research.
Berrett loves collaborating, mentoring future dance educators, attending cowboy poetry gatherings, mountain biking, and spending time with family.