Scott Bodily - Dance Instructor at Desert Star Dance
Ann Bode
Ann Bode
Aug 31, 2022

Scott Bodily - Dance Instructor at Desert Star Dance

Scott Bodily has been teaching at Desert Star Dance for the past seven years. His resume is extensive and impressive to say the least. He is a consumate professional with a rich history in dance and theater. He has a unique and diverse background as a professional dancer, singer, choreographer and performer.

Scott is originally from Utah where as a college student he was awarded a vocal and dance scholarship from Utah State University where he trained vocally in Opera and Musical Theater with Michael Ballam. He is a founding member of Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater and is well trained in Classical Ballet, Modern, Character and Jazz. Scott holds a BS in Psychology with a Dance Minor from USU. He received a graduate teaching assistantship and his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Sam Houston State University.  

As a performer, he appeared in several leading roles both singing and dancing in: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (AEA)the International Broadway tour of Saturday Night Fever (AEA), Houston Grand Opera, Omaha Opera, Utah Festival Opera and the MGM Grand – EFX Alive with Rick Springfield.

His performing resume is equally impressive. Scott is a producer and performer with Stardust – a tribute to the Icons of classic Hollywood, Vintage Vegas, Broadway and Radio. He has produced his own one man-song and dance show “Reminisce – The return of the Iconoclast”.  He danced in professional Ballet and Modern Dance Companies including Dayton Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theater, Dance Kaleidoscope and Pennsylvania Ballet and has performed works of international choreographers including Doug Verone, Christian Holder, Mark Morris and many others.  Scott also spent time as the Deputy Cruise Director, Vocalist and Dance Captain with the luxury cruise line Crystal Cruises.

Scott’s teaching pedagogy and choreographic works include Musical Theater, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. His work has been performed by Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Center Dance Ensemble, Arizona Youth Ballet, and Dayton Ballet II. He has also worked in numerous college and university dance and theater departments including Mesa Community College, Scottsdale Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Sam Houston State University and Utah State University. Wow! What a resume!

His works have been presented at American Voices, Kick-A, Arizona Young Artists Competition and selected multiple times to appear in Dance in the Desert Festival (Las Vegas)and Harvest Chicago Festival (Chicago).  Scott is a former featured soloist for CDE and currently adjunct dance faculty at Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.  He is persistently active in mentoring young artists, promoting and teaching dance for youth organizations, engaging and educating future members of the dance community.

Personally, I find Scott to be one of the nicest people I know! He has solid beliefs and convictions when it comes to his teaching philosophy as well as his life. He is intelligent, thoughtful and committed to enhancing the lives of others through the arts. His choreography is unique and unusual. He is committed to his students growth and success.

Scott in Center Dance Ensemble's "Snow Queen"
Scott Sings the Classics

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