University of Idaho dance majors have numerous opportunities to perform throughout their college studies.
The program offers two fully produced main-stage concerts each year, performed in the 400-seat Hartung Theatre
on the University of Idaho Moscow campus.
The University of Idaho's Dance Theatre concert is directed by dance faculty and features professional choreography by faculty, guest artists, and internationally acclaimed choreographers. Students audition for this pre-professional experience. Past guest artist works have been set by: Michael Schumacher, Amy O’Neal, Kerry Parker, Jean Erdman Project, Bill Evans, Frankie Manning, Henning Rubsam, Lineage Dance, Donald Short Jr. from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and restaged work by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey.
Other recent guest artist master classes have included: Paul Taylor II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, Trey McIntyre Project, Ache Brasil, Soul Street Dance, BodyVox Dance, and Eugene Ballet.
In the spring, Dance Theatre collaborates with the Lionel Hampton School of Music
for the University of Idaho’s acclaimed production of Dancers Drummers Dreamers.
This unique production features dance performed to original, live music composed by the music faculty and students. Dancers Drummers Dreamers
has been toured throughout the Northwest region for the last 3 years.
Each year, the Dance Program offers other performance opportunities including formal and informal concerts. Students may audition to perform in Choreo-Lab, a concert featuring student choreography. Students can also participate in Dance Off Hand
, a bi-annual concert series sponsored by our Dance Majors and Minors Club showcasing works in progress, and annual Senior Concerts comprised of work created by graduating seniors. Student concerts are performed in our studio theatre in the Physical Education Building.
The Dance Program travels each year to the American College Dance Festival
, where students have the opportunity to participate in master classes and perform in adjudicated concerts.