The Department of Dance strives to provide opportunities for students to develop spiritually, artistically, intellectually, and physically. Courses emphasize gospel principles, personal integrity, and individual enrichment along with dance instruction. We challenge students to make artistic efforts that reflect a richly complex and diverse global perspective.
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Types of Dance
The Department of Dance offers courses that teach movement technique, composition, improvisation, and body conditioning over a wide variety of dance. Dance styles taught at BYU-Idaho include: Modern (Contemporary), Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Clogging, World, Social, and Ballroom Dance (International Standard and Latin). This diverse learning structure will furnish students with quality movement and theoretical experiences to lay the foundation for a career in a dance-related field.
Through dance, students learn how to become better individuals by living the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and enhancing their roles as creative and artistic individuals. Classroom instruction and out of class participation will provide students with all the skills and experience needed to excel as dancers. Talents will be developed and increased as students seek dance that is "virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy." (Articles of Faith 1:13)
- Identify and work with elements of composition, style, pedagogy, and performance.
- Have kinesiologic understanding of the body and movement principles.
- Perform and teach in your chosen area of emphasis.
- Articulate artistic frameworks based on own experience and syntheses within a diverse global context.
- Find opportunities to continue academic/performance studies at the graduate level and/or employment in your chosen area of emphasis.