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UVU Dance, Music Faculty Honored For Contributions To The Arts

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February 26, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton

The SCERA Center for the Arts honored two Utah Valley University faculty members recently for their contributions to ballroom dance and music education in Utah County. Paul Winkelman, an assistant professor of dance, and Caleb Chapman, an adjunct music faculty member, received Star Awards at the 9th annual “Evening of Stars Gala.” Ten awards were given to individuals or groups for their significant achievements in the arts.

“We like having the opportunity to honor those who enrich our lives by their talents, their time, their support and their creativity,” said SCERA President and CEO Adam J. Robertson. “It goes far beyond SCERA; we acknowledge a wide variety of involvement in the arts in many cities and organizations throughout the valley.”

Winkelman directs UVU’s Ballroom Dance Company, one of the largest public collegiate ballroom dance programs in the United States. The UVU Ballroom Dance Company has won four world titles at the Open British Championships held in Blackpool, England, and recently represented the United States of America at the Ninth China International Folk Art Festival in Yichang and Beijing, China. Only 15 countries were invited to perform for the more than 1.3 billion viewers in China and abroad. Many former UVU ballroom company dancers are now dancing professionally, attending graduate programs and teaching in both private and academic settings.

“It is so nice to be recognized for the work one does. But the most important thing is that through the arts we touch and change lives, whether that be as an audience member or the performer,” Winkelman said. “I am so honored and touched to receive this award.”

Winkelman was the assistant choreographer for the Emmy Award-winning 2002 Salt Lake City Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as for the 2004 Athens Greece Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He was also the assistant choreographer for the Major League All-Star Baseball pre-show, assistant choreographer for “High School Musical 3 the Movie,” field director for the 2009 Super bowl XLIII Pre-Show and Half Time with Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and consultant segment choreographer on the Elvis Cirque production in Las Vegas.

Winkelman is a two-time United States National American Style Ballroom Dance Champion and five-time member of the United States Formation Championship Ballroom Team. He has been the Utah Dance Educator of the Year, Southwest United States Dance Education of the Year and runner-up to the United States Dance Educator of the Year and Utah’s Best In State for Education Administration.

Adjunct music faculty member Caleb Chapman received the Star Award for his contributions to music. Chapman directs UVU’s Sonic Exchange, an ensemble that blends indie, soul and pop. He was named the John LaPorta International Jazz Educator of the Year in 2011, one of the highest honors in music education. Age 37 at the time, he was by far the youngest to ever receive this honor. Additionally, Chapman has been named Utah’s Best Educator in 2011 and Best Music Educator in 2012 by Utah Best of State.

Chapman is a finalist for the first-ever GRAMMY Music Educator Award, which will be presented in 2014. In 2007 he was honored as the inaugural inductee into the Horne School of Music Hall of Fame and received the Superior Accomplishment in Music Award from the Utah Music Educators Association. He currently serves as vice president on the board of the Jazz Education Network, the world’s leading organization for jazz education and advocacy.

He has been invited to direct several all state jazz bands and will be conducting the prestigious Jazz Band of America at the Music for All National Conference in March. He has performed and presented at the famed Midwest Clinic. He has presented clinics at music festivals across the country and is in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter.

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