Department of Dance

Performing Groups




Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT) ignites audiences with its whirlwind of motion, color, and feeling. Showcasing contemporary dance at its best in styles that range from lyrical and contemporary jazz to classical modern, the company is committed to reaching people of all ages. Whether thrilling audiences in India or teaching young children in Australia, these articulate performers present dance that uplifts, entertains and educates.

Since 1975, CDT (formerly known as The Dancers’ Company) has taught workshops and toured throughout the world, twice being invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The company has performed works by master choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Alwin Nikolais, Doris Humphrey, Sara and Jerry Pearson, Ihsan Rustem, and Loni Landon.

This troupe, guided by resourceful choreographers, sustains a disciplined stamina which helps them deliver the programme in high spirits. It is, also, every minute of it, charming.

– Sjoerd Meijer, The Daily News, Durban, South Africa

For Contemporary Dance Theatre tour schedules and booking information please visit

  • Keely Song Glenn
    Keely Song Glenn Assistant Professor


dancEnsemble is a contemporary dance company that provides students the opportunity to develop and refine their performance and choreographic skills through studio work, out-of-class rehearsals, and performances. Participation in the company is a semester by semester commitment and students may audition for both Fall and Winter semesters. Choreography in the dancEnsemble concert each semester includes work created by faculty as well as students, providing participants the opportunity to work both with high level faculty choreographers and with peer choreographers. Involvement in dancEnsemble also provides an environment where professionalism in the field of dance is fostered.


Kinnect is a student outreach performance dance company with a specific focus on developing teaching, creative, and performing skills in its members. This group is carefully selected, prepared, and mentored in order to effectively teach dance as a creative process to elementary- and middle-school-age children, following the Utah State Dance Standards. Group members create a “lecture-performance” during winter semester and tour to local public schools, museum, and conferences several days in March and the first four weeks of spring term.

Kinnect is a lesser-known group of students at BYU that quietly exemplifies the university’s core mission of going forth to serve.

– Jacob Draper, Documentary Filmmaker


Each of the three contemporary dance companies hold independent auditions.

Contemporary Dance Theatre

Seeking exceptionally trained male and female performers interested in dancing all styles of modern and contemporary dance!


Pre-register at


To follow auditions.

Contemporary Dance Theatre (CDT) is a performing company focused on presenting inventive and acclaimed contemporary modern dance repertory. Featured repertory represents historical modern dance works, newly commissioned contemporary works, as well as innovative fusion forms.

As part of the audition process, dancers will learn and perform advanced contemporary modern dance sequences; dancers may be asked to improvise and create original movement at the audition. Be prepared to dance in both bare feet and in socks.

Additional commitments are required. For further information, please contact the Artistic Director, Keely Song at



Tuesday, April 9, 2019
185/187 RB
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Sign up and fill out a form available at artistic director, Kate Monson’s office 291 RB


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
5:00-8:00 PM
185/187 RB
Pre-register at

dancEnsemble (dE) is a contemporary modern dance performing company that focuses on student choreography and exploration. Each semester a fully produced dE concert showcases the work of 8 student choreographers. Students may audition to be choreographers and/or performers on the company. As part of the dancer audition process, students will learn and perform multiple contemporary modern movement phrases; dancers may be asked to improvise and create original movement at the audition. Be prepared to dance in bare feet.

As part of the choreographer audition process, students should complete a “Choreography Submission Form” prior to the audition. Forms are available outside the door of 291 RB. For further information, contact the Artistic Director, Kate Monson, at


    • Register for DANCE 368R (T/TH 3:00-4:30 PM): Fall 2019
    • Register for a Contemporary Modern Technique course: Fall 2019 (no audits)
    • Participation in 2, two-hour rehearsals a week that will be scheduled either Tuesday or Thursday 6:00-8:00 or 8:00-10:00 PM
    • Participation in three Saturday rehearsals TBA
    • Possible company position (optional)
    • Assistance with concert marketing (1 hour commitment)
    • Participation in the DE concert and tech week: November 5-7, 6:00-10:30 PM, November 8, 7:30 PM, November 9, 2:00 and 7:30 PM
    • Club fees of $50



Perform for and teach over 15,000 students in Utah schools and museums
Participate at dance and the Child international conference in Adelaide Australia July 7-14, 2018


  • Register for Dance 348R Winter – Mon. & Wed, 4:00 – 6:00pm.
  • Register for Dance 365 Creative Dance for Elementary – Fridays, 9:00 – 10:50 am
  • Register for a Contemporary technique class, preferably 241R, 243R, 340R, 341R, or 440R (No audits.)
  • Participate in two Saturday rehearsals TBA
  • Tour to local schools in Winter and Spring
  • Company and fingerprinting fees $50-$60
  • Attend Callbacks, Sat. Dec. 2 nd 8-12, 1137 RB
  • Attend 2018 Orientation, Thurs., Dec.14, 11-12 164 RB (last day of class)

Find more information about Kinnect at
Questions can be addressed to Marilyn Berrett (marilyn_berrett@byu.edi) or Heather Francis (

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