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Alumni News: Alexandra Bradshaw- Yerby named Utah Higher Education Educator of the Year; Fausto Rivera joins Ririe Woodbury Dance Company

Submitted by Lisa Kwak on November 4, 2020 - 12:36pm
Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby
Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby. Photo by Warren Woo
Fausto Rivera
Fausto Rivera. Photo: Tori Duhaime

Alexandra Bradshaw-Yerby (MFA ’18) has been named Utah Higher Education Dance Educator of the year award from Utah Dance Educators Organization (UDEO)-- the Utah Chapter of National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO). 

Alex has a way about teaching that allows the class environment to feel extremely inviting and safe. Along with being wise and having expertise about the body, Alex is always open to discussion and helping everyone with their own kinesthetic awareness in becoming smarter dancers. In her classes, it feels like a real dance laboratory where exploration and growth is deeply encouraged. Alex shows immense care for every single student, and goes above and beyond for them in any ways she can. Everyone at SUU is so inspired by her humility, love, and passion for dance, and it ultimately becomes contagious."

- Darcie Miles, UDEO Newsletter

Read the full newsletter here. 

Bradshaw-Yerby formerly danced with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (RWDC), touring annually throughout the United States and abroad. In fact, several UW Dance alumni have worked with RWDC in the past, including Jo Blake (MFA ’17) and most recently, Fausto Rivera (BA’13) who joined the company this past June of 2020.

Rivera has a BA in Dance and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where he was awarded the Evelyn H.Green Endowed Scholarship for artistic merit and promise. While at the UW, he danced with the Chamber Dance Company, under the direction of Hannah C. Wiley. He is also a founding member of Seattle’s Au Collective, a collective of dance artists highlighting the work of artists from marginalized communities.

Read his full bio here.