Marney Schaumann is a graduate student in Modern Dance at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She will graduate with her M.F.A in May 2007. Marney started dancing at Brigham Young University (BYU) in the Children’s and Teens Program when she was three. She trained under Christine Ollerton and Pat and Kathie Debenham, and learned the beauty and importance of the individual through creative dance.
Marney received her B.A in Modern Dance from Brigham Young University in 2003. While at BYU she was a member of Dancensemble, a student choreography group, and The Dancers’ Company, a performing and touring group.
Marney has studied with Pat Debenham, Raymond Robinson, Christine Ollerton, Amy Markgraf Jacobsen, Jiamin Huang, Abby Fiat, Steve Koester, Tandy Beal, John Scoville, Ellen Bromberg, Eric Handman, Brent Scheinder, Satu Hummasti, Pamela Geber, Heidi Henderson, and Keith Johnson.
Marney’s current interests are dance scholarship, dance and technology, teaching, and performing. Her thesis research will be looking at pregnancy, motherhood, and the dancing woman.
Marney believes in the power of dance to enrich and enliven the human existence. She has a passion for both the physical and intellectual rigors that modern dance provides and looks forward to continuing to develop both of those aspects in her life.
Marney spent the last year in China with her husband as he pursued post-graduate studies. While in China Marney had the opportunity to travel extensively and see much of the beautiful and challenging country that is 'The Middle Kingdom.'