Gary Larsen is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer specializing in World and percussive dance forms. He holds a Masters Degree in Dance from UCLA and is currently completing a PhD in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. As a performer he has travelled to dozens of countries as both group member and soloist. He has taught and created choreography for workshops, performing groups and schools throughout the United States and in numerous other countries for over 20 years. He is a tenured Professor of Dance at BYU-Idaho where he oversees and/or teaches courses in clogging, tap, world dance, dance history, humanities, choreography and performance. He is married with three children and operates a dance studio in Rexburg, Idaho teaching clogging, American historical dance, hip-hop, jazz and children’s creative dance.
Gary’s research focuses on the connection between organizational efforts and the artistic choices of participants in contemporary competitive American clogging. This is pursued through an investigation of the structural and managerial efforts of organizers and the related artistic choices of competitors. The examination of this connection provides an intimate display of the needs and values of participants as well as the social and political processes at work within the community.