The Cultural 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 Cultural 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 Cultural Dance program are open to dance majors and non-dance majors. A Cultural Dance Minor is available (16 credits).
Folk Dance Auditions
Auditions for entry-level teams will be conducted in-person, however auditioning students will need to pre-register to be assigned an audition time for social distancing purposes. Interested students must audition with a partner and will both need to pre-register before an audition slot will be assigned. To pre-register, visit patrack.byu.edu/events.php.
Students will learn and perform short dance sequences at the audition. More information will given via email after pre-registration is complete. Questions can be addressed to Amy Jex at email@example.com.
Tier III - Folk Dance Ensemble - Entry Level
Open to all full-time BYU students. Pre-registration required online.
Beginning of Fall and Winter Semesters each year
There are three entrance level folk dance performing companies. These teams serve as an entrance into the Folk Dance performance program.
Auditions for Tier III-level teams are conducted at the beginning of Fall and Winter Semesters and are open to all full-time BYU students. If selected for an ensemble, students must enroll in Dance 378R for 1 credit. Other performance and financial commitments are also necessary.
Auditions for Tier II and Tier I companies are by invitation only.
Tier I ~ International Folk Dance Ensemble ~ IFDE
Tier II ~ Folk Dance Ensemble
Tiers I & II Auditions by Invitation Only
April of each year
By Invitation Only
November each year
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Folk Dance Ensemble (Tier I) auditions questions should be addressed to Jeanette Geslison: email@example.com.
Living Legends Auditions
Open House & Casting ~ April of each year
Interviews ~ May of each year
Announcement of Cast ~ June of each year
Please go to byudance.slideroom.com to pre-register for all auditions online. Thank you!
For additional information about Living Legends, contact Living Legends Artistic Director Jamie Kalama Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://pam.byu.edu
“A culture does not die when it dies, it dies when it is forgotten. Your show rescues culture and heritage.”
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 pam.byu.edu
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.