The Department of Theatre and Dance offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance (665). This degree has two separate emphasis that provide a diverse and flexible experience for a range of student strengths and career options. The emphasis in choreography and performance (665-168) prepares students for advanced studies (MFA) in contemporary dance and work in the field of artistic dance performance and teaching. The emphasis in pedagogy (665-169) requires students to choose at least two genres or areas of specialization to prepare them for teaching in private sector settings, dance studios, and further dance studies or certifications at the graduate level. The Department of Theatre and Dance also offers a Minor degree, a Concentration and a cluster in Dance.

 Central Aims

  1. Provide opportunities for the student to develop spiritually, artistically, intellectually and physically. This is accomplished through our desire to emphasize gospel principles, personal integrity, individual enrichment and sensitivity to multiple perspectives.
  2. Graduates with a BA in Dance will have a versatile, but quality foundational experience to begin a career in dance as a dance educator.
  3. Students will learn through dance that they can become better individuals by living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, enhancing their roles as creative and artistic individuals, church members, citizens and parents.
  4. Our goal is to challenge students to become individual thinkers, serve the community and make artistic efforts that reflect a richly complex and diverse global perspective


A graduate in dance should be able to:

  1. Identify and work conceptually with the physical, emotional and theoretical elements of composition, style, pedagogy and performance, based on their chosen area of emphasis.
  2. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the body, based on kinesiologically applied and/or somatic-centered understanding of movement principles, as well as culturally and historically constructed contexts within an LDS perspective.
  3. Exhibit performance and/or instructional proficiency in chosen area of emphasis coupled with an awareness and appreciation of all genres of dance.
  4. Articulate and defend theoretical/artistic frameworks and analytical evaluations based on individual experience and synthesis within a diverse global context.
  5. Access opportunities to continue academic/performance studies at the graduate level and/or employment in instruction, choreography, and performance of dance in their chosen area of emphasis.


The integrated Baccalaureate degree in Dance at BYU-Idaho allows a student to choose a minor or two clusters in a suggested field of study. The suggested fields of study are: Accounting, Business, Communications, Exercise Science, Health Science, Music, or Recreational Leadership.

Dance Major Status

When students enter the degree program in either emphasis, there is no audition requirement and they simply begin to progress through the core lecture-based and studio courses. Students are assigned an advisor who assists in the creation of a portfolio and selection of appropriate coursework and activities according to their career and educational goals. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Introduction to Dance Major and Professions course (DA 103) in their first semester. This class provides information and council on career and education options for students in their time at BYU-Idaho and beyond. It also empowers students to chart their course of study and provide them the appropriate tools and knowledge to be successful in an academic study of dance.

The Choreography and Performance emphasis has a benchmark of applied skill and knowledge (based in DA 340 curriculum) that must be met by students by the middle of their second year in order to continue. Those who do not meet that benchmark are advised to pursue the Pedagogy emphasis or seek other degree options. The Pedagogy emphasis has no such review or limitation for continuance outside University guidelines.

Advisory Juries

Students are required to meet with their advisor every second semester (2nd, 4th, and 6th) for the first three years of study to complete an advisory jury. In this interview, the advisor examines the student's progress up to that point and reviews the student-maintained portfolio. The portfolio includes competency reviews, jury feedback, concert critiques, papers and assignments from courses, a record of performing experiences on and off campus during their studies, and reviews and feedback from performance and teaching opportunities. In the eighth and/or final semester of coursework, the advisory jury is conducted by the entire dance faculty in an interview setting with each student. 

For further questions contact our academic advisor Anne Berger.

Dance at BYU-Idaho