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.

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)

  • Students demonstrate embodiment of taught movement practices based on sound principles and techniques.
  • Students exhibit analytical integration of theoretical principles, processes, and systems.
  • Students employ individualized methods of creative, interpretative, and organizational means of expression.
  • Students illustrate principles of truth through their capacity to integrate, differentiate, and align their identity within the field of dance.