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Michael Hamblin made his entrance on the world stage in San Francisco, Cali- fornia. He began tap dancing as a youngster which eventually led to perform- ing in summer stock, community theatre, and a gig with Disney that came to an end when college became his paramount focus. College introduced Mi- chael to multicultural dance and music, an avocation that has since taken him around the world as a performer and teacher of music and dance. Michael has been the UMEA Elementary Music Teacher of the Year, a music consultant with the Utah State Office of Education, and National Consultant for Silver Bur- dett music publishers. He has been on the dance faculties at BYU, Colorado State, Bowling Green State, and currently is “semi-retired” at Weber State Uni- versity. He has written “teacher friendly” publications in both dance and music enthusiastically bringing the performing arts to Utah students and educators. Over a span of years Michael earned a BS in Education, BA and MA in modern dance and music education, an ABD in musical theatre, and a PhD in Perform- ing Arts.
Michael has a variety of programs he can bring to schools and groups, includ- ing the following:
Pioneer Dances: Few people know that the pioneers who arrived in Utah danced their way across the prairie. Once here they continued to gather and dance with several rural Utah communities still enjoying old pioneer dances. The dances represent a uniqu