University of Idaho dance faculty is respected nationally for expertise and work in the dance field. Faculty members are continuously seeking funding opportunities to enrich students' learning experiences and give dance majors an opportunity to perform to a live audience. The following research performances were funded through monetary awards acquired by dance faculty.
Professor Greg Halloran was awarded a $10,000 National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece: Dance College Component grant. The grant brought Donald Shorter Jr. from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to the University of Idaho to set Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane's dance Continuous Replay.
Suite of Three
The University of Idaho's Department of Movement Sciences has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece: Dance. The grant will support the restaging and notation of "Suite of Three" by choreographer Jean Erdman. The University of Idaho Center for Dance, in conjunction with the Dance Notation Bureau and Jean Erdman interpreter Nancy Allison, will restage "Creature on a Journey," "Hamadryad" and "Passage."
As one of the two main stage dance concerts performed each year, the fall concert is a performance with choreography by faculty, guest artists, and students. Belle Baggs directs the concert and features work by internationally acclaimed dancers. In the past, these have included Bill Evans and re-stagings of modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey.
Dancers, Drummers and Dreamers
This spring performance is a collaboration with the Lionel Hampton School of Music. The show is co-directed by Dan Buckvich and Diane Walker. Dancers, Drummers and Dreamers is unique to any other dance performances. All dances are performed to original, live music composed by the music faculty and students. Every year it is performed to sold-out houses.
Students work with world-renowned visiting dancers and choreographers who teach and choreograph for Dance Theatre. Past guest artists include Bill Evans, Frankie Manning, Henning Rubsam, Amy O’Neal, Lineage Dance and Donald Short Jr. from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
The works of University of Idaho dance majors have been shown at American College Dance Festival Association, including as a runner-up for nationals, and have won university research awards for their choreography. Many seniors choreograph and produce their own concerts.
The dance program holds classes in its two large dance studios, including the newly renovated 55’ x 60’ dance space with a new state-of-the-art sprung floor. The studio is equipped with new lights and curtains and converts to a 120-seat theater for student concerts. Main stage dance productions are held in the university's 417-seat Hartung Theatre.
Physical Education Building (PEB)
Home to the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department, the PEB facility has two full-size basketball courts, two dance studios and the only squash court on campus.
We also offer courses at the Kibbie Dome, the Swim Center, the Student Recreation Center and various outdoor facilities across campus (tennis courts, Guy Wicks Field, Kibbie Sprint Turf, Dan O'Brien Track & Field).
Online & Outreach
Our dance program has strong connections to the surrounding Moscow community and collaborates with the school of music for some performances. With the strong support and involvement of community members, you will learn to perform before sold-out audiences and to work with volunteer and participating community members. There are also teaching opportunities at local studios in the area.