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Dance, B.S.

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Sharing Art Through Dance

As a student of dance, you can achieve your dreams on and off the dance floor. Develop your technique and talent with professional training in performance, choreography and teaching of dance and receive performance experiences in many forms through concerts, studio practice and classroom study. Students must audition for admittance into the program.

Fast Facts

  • Small student-to-faculty ratio ensures one-on-one guidance
  • Students work with world renowned dancers and choregraphers
  • Program offers two main stage concerts each year
  • Dance students have the unique opportunity to perform in their first semester
  • Dance Teacher
  • Choreography
  • Performance
  • Dance critic 
  • Dance writer
  • Costume designer
  • Dance therapist


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Job Placement With a degree in dance, your career opportunities are endless. You can perform with dance companies, in musical theater, or television, on cruise ships, in amusement parks or other areas. You may choose a career in choreography in ballet, modern dance, or jazz. Teaching opportunities include private and public dance schools.  

Graduates of the University of Idaho dance program have gone on to work for a number of dance studios and performance venues including Canopy Dance Company in Madison, Wisconsin, American Dance Institute in Seattle, Live Horse Theatre in Chicago, That’s Dancing School in Florida, Discovery Program in New York City, and Northwest Dance Center in Pullman, Wash. 

Alumni have also formed their own dance companies and have been commissioned to choreograph for professional dance companies.
Degree Roadmap Required course work for the B.S. in Dance includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3) and the following course work:

DANCE STUDIES (52 credits)

Dan 101 First Year/Transfer Student Orientation (1 cr)
Dan 216/416 Technique (16 cr) *
Dan 210 Dance Theatre (2 semesters) (4 cr)
Dan 320 Labanotation (3 cr)
Dan 321 Dance Pedagogy (3 cr)
Dan 360 Children's Dance (1 cr)
Dan 384 Dance Composition I (3 cr)
Dan 385 Dance Composition II (3 cr)
Dan 410 Pre-professional Dance Theatre (2 semesters) (4 cr)
Dan 412 Dance Theatre Choreography (2 semesters) (2 cr)
Dan 422 Labanalysis (3 cr)
Dan 421 Dance History (3 cr)
Dan 490 Senior Project (3 cr)

*Must include a minimum of 4 semesters each of ballet, modern, and jazz.


BIOL 120, Human Anatomy (4 cr)
PEP 300 Applied Human Anatomy and Biomechanics (2 cr)
PEP 360 Motor Development and Control (3 cr)


Two of the following courses (2 cr):
Music 114: Individual Instruction
Music 145-150: Piano or Voice
Music 365: DDD Ensemble (fall only)
One of the Following Courses (2-3 cr):
Dance 325: Dance Production
TheF 105: Basics of Performance
TheF 202: Costume Design
TheF 205: Lighting Design
TheF 320: Stage Management


HPRD 201: Foundations of Physical Activity and Wellness
HPRD 210: Meaning of Movement
HPRD 350: Behavior Change in Physical Activity
HPRD 429: Prin. of Leadership and Pedagogy
HPRD 486: Program Planning and Management
PTTE 111: Computer Skills or computer elective
Degree Prep Interested students must audition for admittance into the program and be evaluated on previous training and potential.  

Candidates should have training in ballet with some classes in jazz and modern dance.  
Below are some of the classes you may take in your first year of the dance program:
  • Human Anatomy
  • Dance Theatre
  • Basics of Performance
  • Meaning of Movement and Injury Prevention
  • Foundations of Physical Activity and Wellness
  • Technique (ballet, modern, jazz)

Dance majors are eligible to audition for available scholarships, which are awarded based on merit and need of the applicant. Dance minors are not eligible for program scholarships. Scholarship applicants must attend a placement audition, perform a 2-4 minute solo, and interview with faculty. Additionally, Department of Movement Sciences’ scholarships may be applied for annually by returning dance majors.

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Fall Concert

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.

Visiting Professionals

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.

Student Projects

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.