POCATELLO – This summer Idaho State University dance professor Molly Jorgensen helped establish the Idaho Dance Education Organization (IDEO), the first National Dance Education Organization state affiliate in Idaho, with dance educators from across Idaho.
The IDEO was established when members of the executive committee for the Idaho State Department of Education met to revise the state art standards for K-12 grades. Members of that board included Jorgensen and Rachel Swenson, teaching artist for Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Utah Arts Council, and dance specialist at Idaho Fine Arts Academy, and other future IDEO board members. The two dance educators realized that Idaho needed a large organization to help bring more dance education into schools.
The group first met in February and created the necessary requirements to become an official nonprofit organization. The IDEO board of directors features Jorgensen as the treasurer, Swenson as president and Secretary Gary Larsen, dance department chair and professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. [Read more…]