Students who study dance at BYU-Idaho have the unique opportunity to gain an education inside and outside of the classroom. Every student has the opportunity to join dance classes, have one on one time with instructors, and enjoy a tight knit classroom environment.
Unlike most universities, BYU-Idaho does not require an audition to enroll in Dance classes. All courses offered from the Dance Department are open enrollment, enabling each student, regardless of major, a unique opportunity to participate in dance.
In order to advance in class levels, students must get approval from an advisory jury. A meeting with this jury will happen every year to ensure students reach their goals and progress in their program.
BYU-Idaho has a remarkably low teacher to student ratio that enables students to get more individualized instruction. Because of small classroom sizes, our faculty is able to personally know each student's talents and weaknesses and provide one-on-one counsel and direction. Each student is assigned to an advisor who will help them keep track of their progress and select appropriate coursework and activities according to their individual career and educational goals. This advisor will work with students and help them in their advancements.
The Department of Dance offers many opportunities for students to participate in dance outside of the classroom. These powerful resources help students develop their talents in order to find success as professional dancers. Current full time students can audition for two dance companies, Collegiate Dancers and Dance Alliance. The Dance Society also provides extra opportunities for students to be taught outside of the classroom.
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Dance instructors teach forms of dance to students in private lessons, group lessons, school, or dance companies.
Choreographers create and teach original dances for theaters, dance companies, and movie studios.
Lighting/tech designers create the lighting and overall look for live shows. Skills in design, lighting, computer aided lighting software, and theatre.
Dance directors oversee the production of stage and film dance performances. They hire dancers and choreographers, run rehearsals, and make decisions about creative elements of the production.
Technical producers manage all technical aspects of a production and ensure the show runs without any technical issues.
Talent Agents represent and find work for a variety of talented people. For successful clients, agents will arrange transportation, social media accounts, and day to day duties of their client.
Costume Designers design costumes for the performing arts, motion picture, and television productions.
Dancer performers perform a variety of dance styles performing usually in companies in front of a live audience, on TV, in music videos, or stage productions.
Yoga instructors lead, instruct, and motivate groups and individuals in yoga, strength training, and stretching.
Art directors are responsible for the overall design of magazines, movie, and television projections.
Dance therapists use movement to help clients improve health to reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and overcome physical disabilities.