Department of Dance

Ballet Area

Students entering the ballet program at BYU will be instructed with a unique knowledge base that combines artistry, critical thinking, technical achievement and spirituality. Our goal is to guide students in their roles as artists, educators, choreographers, and scholars with an awareness and sensitivity to their gifted abilities and the impact those abilities will have as they contribute to their community and to society. Central to the ballet program, BYU Theatre Ballet exists to foster love and appreciation for ballet, recognizing it as an artistic means of expression and communication. Striving for unequivocal excellence, Theatre Ballet seeks to be a gospel-oriented catalyst for students to achieve their highest potential. We aspire to serve, educate, and edify audiences through uplifting performances, outreach programs, and teaching opportunities. Performing opportunities also exist with the BYU Ballet Showcase Company, the second- tier and preparatory company for BYU Theatre Ballet. Through exceptional training at all technique levels, ballet at BYU represents an environment where high academic and artistic standards nurture students as fine artists and promote lasting personal and artistic achievement.

Read more about our ballet performing groups

here

Auditions

August 19, 2019
9:00-11:00 AM, 283 RB

Students audition for both Ballet Showcase Company and Theatre Ballet during this time. Students who have achieved a Dance 391 technique level or above are invited to attend this audition, as a pre-professional standard is expected. The audition consists of an advanced ballet technique class on pointe. Men will be able to demonstrate specific male technique skills throughout the audition. Students do not need to be dance majors to perform with the company or receive scholarships, but are expected to enroll in Dance 490, 494, 495 (Winter semester), and 498 for credit (not auditing).

Free optional open classes will be held in 283 RB from August 16-17, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 AM each day for those auditioning.

Dancers who are selected to dance on either company will need to be available for all day rehearsals on weekdays between the audition and the first day of Fall semester.

Awards & Grants

There are many scholarship opportunities for students at BYU. In addition to scholarships funded by the university, the Department of Dance has a broad range of scholarships available. These scholarships range from those that are academically based to those that are merit based, with others based on a combination of academic achievement and talent in dance. The BYU incoming freshman and transfer student scholarships are intended to encourage new students with superior talents. The application process consists of a written application and an audition. Awards are presented on the basis of demonstrated dance talent and auditions are usually held during fall semester. In addition to scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfer students, there are a number of scholarships for continuing students to support dancers as they progress through the program. For more information about scholarships, please call 801-422-5086 or email dance@byu.edu

Courses

Ballet technique course
Pointe Men’s ballet technique
Pas de deux
Variations
Character dance

Course descriptions

Faculty

  • Curt Holman Department Chair

    Area: Ballroom
    Office: 296 RB
    Phone: (801) 422-5086

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