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).
International Folk Ensemble
I, II, & III
First Wednesday of Fall and Winter Semester
RB 270/278 (Winter)
Wilkinson Center Main Ballroom (Fall)
There are three entrance level folk dance performing companies for which open auditions are held the first Wednesday evening of Fall and Winter Semesters. These teams serve as an entrance into the Folk Dance performance program. All auditioning students need to bring a partner. Students will be taught a variety of basic folk dance steps and combinations at the audition. 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
Friday Before Fall Semester
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Auditions for the Tier I and Tier II Folk Dance Ensemble are by invitation only. Tier II auditions are held each Friday before fall semester. Tier I auditions are held each April.
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 auditions questions should be addressed to Jeanette Geslison: email@example.com.
Tier I Folk Dance Ensemble
Live Auditions Canceled
Please go to byudance.slideroom.com 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 Artistic Director Jamie Kalama Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For current missionaries or anyone who is unable to travel, you may submit an application and video audition using the following link.
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.