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Program and Degrees

Students interested in majoring or minoring in dance at Idaho State University must be admitted to the university before applying for admission to the program.

Scholarship opportunities are available for ISU dance majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students should also see the ISU Scholarship Office for additional scholarship opportunities.

Dance Class Rotation is on a set schedule. See the academic catalog for all program requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Gross at (208) 282-3173 or email

About Dance ISU

Dance ISU provides a liberal arts based approach to the study of the theatrical art of dance as a unique discipline within a collaborative, interconnected setting.

Critical to a liberal arts education are creative and critical thinking skills, communication skills, collaborative working skills, interdisciplinary connections, and cross cultural explorations.

Courses are designed following a contemporary liberal arts model with a focus in Choreography and Performance and supportive coursework in Technique, World Dance, Dance and Performance Theory, Dance Education, Technical Theater, Design, Technology, Music, Science and Arts Administration.

Dance Program Objectives:

  • Empower students to build a lifelong engagement with the art of dance based upon a foundation grounded in sound pedagogical practice;
  • Train artists and educators who have strong technical foundations in contemporary and traditional forms of theatrical, educational, recreational and ritual dance;
  • Provide a variety of performance venues in traditional theatre settings, experimental theatre, site specific work and community outreach;
  • Provide opportunities for students to explore dance as a collaborative element of physical theatre and performance art;
  • Provide opportunities to be exposed to guest artists and scholars across arts disciplines, through guest residencies, conferences, festivals and cross disciplinary, intermedia collaborations across campus and the greater community;
  • Through participation in Theatre and Dance curricular and co-curricular offerings, students will:
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the elements of movement to analyze, describe and creatively manipulate movement and develop competency in the craft of improvisation and choreography;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of dance as a cultural, sociological, historical, and aesthetic phenomena, discipline and expression;
    • Demonstrate critical reading and writing skills that examine the performing arts as reflective and reflexive of culture;
    • Make connections with self and healthy living by developing a working knowledge of basic anatomy, kinesiology, somatic practices, injury prevention and nutrition;
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of rhythmic analysis and a heightened awareness of musical form;
    • Demonstrate the skill of performance and the craft of choreography through participation in faculty and student productions;
    • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge in technical theater e.g. stagecraft, lighting, sound design, costume and makeup;
    • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the art and science of teaching dance;
    • Use technology to preserve and/or broaden the making of dance art;
    • Acquire a background in the business of the art such as company management, production, grant writing, and entrepreneurial pursuits

Financial Assistance

The Department of Theatre and Dance has monetary awards and scholarships available each year.

Scholarship auditions/portfolio reviews are held annually. After that time, some scholarships may be awarded on an availability basis. Interested and eligible students should submit a Scholarship Application.

Other financial aid options, including general scholarships, grants, and loans, are available through the Idaho State University Financial Aid Office.

Contact Us

(208) 282-3173

921 South 8th Ave. Stop 8006 Pocatello, ID 83209