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Summer DanceFest 2019

Presented by Boise State University Theatre Arts Department and Idaho Dance Theatre

Summer DanceFest 2019 dates to be announced./callout]

Since 1990 Summer DanceFest has become one of the most distinguished and unique dance workshops in the Pacific Northwest.  Summer DanceFest offers the highest quality training for today’s dancer during two weeks of intensive training in ballet, pointe, men’s class, pas de deux, jazz, and modern.  It is the place to gain technique, core, strength, versatility of style and performing experience.  The training includes daily classes and rehearsals with cutting edge choreographers, culminating in two performances for dancers age 12 and older with intermediate to advanced technique.


Please email or call Marla Hansen to set up an audition in person. Or you may send a video audition with the following: a ballet barre, do each exercise on one side only, but alternate sides. Ballet center work showing adagio; turns of all kinds including en dehors, dedans, arabesque, traveling turns; and jumps, petite and gran. Also do pointe work combinations in the center; at the barre if you are a beginner and not ready for center. The video must also include contemporary and Jazz combinations. Videos must be submitted no later than May 10, 2017.

Please send your video on DVD and mail to: Marla Hansen, Summer DanceFest 2017, Dept. of Theatre Arts, 1910 University Dr. Boise, Idaho 83725-1565.
Or email a digital video to:

The workshop culminates with two evening performance on (2019 dates to be announced).  You must be available to perform both shows. Tech and Dress Rehearsal is during the day Friday in addition to a rehearsal and performance on Saturday.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is it for?

DanceFest is a great opportunity for dancers aged 12 and older with intermediate/advanced to advanced technique who want to work with dynamic instructors, experiencing a full day of classes and rehearsals.

What can I learn at DanceFest? 

DanceFest includes a full curriculum of ballet, jazz, and modern classes. Daily classes include ballet, pointe, men’s class, pas de deux, jazz, modern & choreography rehearsal.  Dancers will gain the experience of working with professional choreographers and dancers, and participate in public performances.

Who are the instructors?

Please click on the following link for information about the DanceFest instructors.

Summer DanceFest 2018 Faculty Bios

What is the Schedule?

DanceFest is two weeks with 10 days of technique classes and choreography rehearsals.  All DanceFest classes take place in the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts at Boise State University.  The last two days, DanceFest students will participate in a series of public performances.

Class Schedule


9:00-10:30 daily—Week I,  Week II

Low Intermediate Ballet (10 classes)

Intermediate Ballet (10 classes)

Advanced Ballet (10 classes)

10:35-11:25 daily–Week I, Week II

Intermediate Pointe (9 classes)

Advanced Pointe (9 classes)

Men’s Class (9 classes)

11:25-12:15 daily—Week I, Week II 

Low Intermediate Pointe (9 classes)

Pas de deux – Advanced only (9 classes)

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:10 daily—Week I, Week II

Ballet Choreography (10 rehearsals)

2:15-3:30 daily—Week I, Week II

Advanced Jazz alternating with Advanced Modern (10 classes)

Intermediate Jazz alternating with Intermediate Modern (10 classes)

3:35-4:45 daily—Week I, Week II

Jazz and Hip Hop Choreography (10 rehearsals)

4:50-6:00 daily—Week I, Week II

Contemporary Choreography (10 rehearsals)

How do I register?

SDF 2018 Registration and Medical release form (1)

What if I don’t live near the Boise State University campus, can I still attend?

Housing and Meal plans are available for DanceFest participants.
Contact Marla Hansen for further information 208-426-3568 or

How much is DanceFest?

Option A $520 – 2 weeks all classes and performances
Option B $370 – 31-50 classes
Option C $320 – 21-30 classes
Option D $220 – 16-20 classes
Option E $185 – 11-15 classes
Option F $150 – 10 classes (available only for Ballet technique or Modern/Jazz)