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World Dance

The World Dance program is the largest dance program of its kind in the United States and has been at BYU for over 55 years. It is the home to the International Folk Dance Ensemble and Living Legends performing groups. In addition to the two principal performing companies, the World Dance program supports preparatory dance ensembles that also perform in the community and at various BYU dance events.

In addition to mentored learning with expert faculty, students have the opportunity to interact with guest artists and scholars invited to campus from throughout the world to teach, choreograph and lecture.

All courses offered in the World Dance program are open to dance majors and non-dance majors. A World Dance Minor is available (16 credits).

Auditions ~ Fall Semester 2020

Virtual auditions will be open to all full-time BYU students beginning Aug. 17, 2020, until Sept. 2, 2020. Students should audition with a partner of the opposite sex and complete your application together. (Though both students must be auditioning and applying in one application, they will be adjudicated individually). All auditioning students will need to set up a BYU Box account ( to access the dance videos. . Call BYU IT if you have questions: 801-422-4000. 

There is one dance for partners to complete together (or you can film as two separate videos), and another separate dance for women only. One additional dance video submission of any style of dance is allowed for each applicant, but is only optional. The application and completed videos will be submitted through Slideroom ( ). Please read the application instructions carefully and fill out the appropriate information for each applicant. Once an application is submitted it cannot be edited. For more information, follow BYU Folk Dance on social media. Further questions may be addressed to Amy Jex:  or by messaging BYU Folk Dance on FB or Instagram.

Auditions - Video Submission Only:

Folk Dance Ensemble - Tiers I, II, III

Video Auditions Only
Open Aug. 17, 2020 until Wed., Sept. 2, 2020.

There are three entrance level folk dance performing companies. These teams serve as an entrance into the Folk Dance performance program. All auditioning students need to submit a video audition online. (See details above.) Students will be taught a variety of basic folk dance steps and combinations online on the Slideroom audition site ( ). If selected for an ensemble, students must enroll in Dance 378R for 1 credit. Other performance and financial commitments are also necessary.

Tier II ~ Folk Dance Ensemble
(Invitation Only)



Auditions for the Tier I and Tier II Folk Dance Ensemble are by invitation only. Tier II auditions will also be held through video submission online in 2020. Tier I auditions are held each April. Details to be determined at that time.

Traditionz auditions are by invitation only and are held in November.

Open auditions and/or Tier II/Traditionz auditions questions should be addressed to Amy Jex: .

International Folk Dance Ensemble (Tier I) auditions questions should be addressed to Jeanette Geslison: .

Tier I ~ International Folk Dance Ensemble ~ IFDE
(Invitation Only)


Living Legends

Live Auditions Canceled

Please go to to submit all auditions online. Thank you!

To schedule an appointment and for additional information, call the BYU Department of Dance Office at 801-422-5086 or contact Living Legends Artistic Director Jamie Kalama Wood at .

For current missionaries or anyone who is unable to travel, you may submit an application and video audition using the following link.

Performance Groups

International Folk Dance Ensemble

Legényes - BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble

IFDE performs an extensive repertoire of dance and music from around the world in stunning traditional folk costumes. This program provides dancers with rigorous dance training in recreational and staged cultural dance. Performance opportunities for the IFDE are abundant, locally, nationally and internationally. Performance tours occur annually, which may include performances at international folk dance festivals or in professional concert venues. Full and half tuition scholarships are available to selected students who participate in this ensemble.

For more information on our performance schedule or to schedule a performance, please visit

Living Legends

BYU Living Legends | BYU China Spectacular Preview
“A culture does not die when it dies, it dies when it is forgotten. Your show rescues culture and heritage.”
- President Santo René Núñez Téllez, Managua, Nicaragua

Living Legends captures the essence of ancient and modern culture in a celebration of Latin American, Native American, and Polynesian song and dance. Traditions come to life as talented descendants from these cultures blend authentic choreography, intricate costumes, and heart-pounding music into one captivating show. Members of this company also have the opportunity to travel in the US or abroad on tours during the summer months.

For more information on our performance schedule or to schedule a performance, please visit


Traditionz, a folk dance performance outreach program, provides cultural education through dance assemblies at local Utah schools for children during the month of May. Members of this company also perform in folk dance concerts held on or off campus during the winter semester.

Traditionz auditions are held in November and are by invitation only.

For more information on Traditionz or to book a performance please visit Traditionz.