Children's Dance Calendar 2015-16

  • Sep 14–18 First week of classes/ Parent Visiting Week
  • Oct 13–19 Fall break, Monday classes on the 12th but not on the 19th
  • Nov 6 DanceWorks Showings, 2260 BYU Conference Center 4:00–7:00 p.m.
  • Nov 20 DanceWorks Concerts, 4:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., 166 RB
  • Nov 24–27 Thanksgiving break, only Monday classes will be held on Nov. 23
  • Dec 7–11 Parent Visiting Week
  • Dec 14–Jan 3 Christmas break
  • Jan 4 Classes resume
  • Jan 18 Martin Luther King Holiday, no Monday classes
  • Feb 5 DanceWorks Showings, 2260 BYU Conference Center 4:00–7:00 pm
  • Feb 15 Presidents' Day, no Monday classes
  • Feb 19 DanceWorks Concert, 7:30 p.m., 169 RB
  • April 4–8 Spring break, no classes
  • April 15 No Friday classes, BYU FINALS
  • April 23 Saturday rehersal for Young DanceMakers Evening of Dance, 185/187 RB
  • April 25–29 Parent's Visiting Week, Young DanceMaker Classes
  • April 30 Saturday rehearsal for Young DanceMakers Evening of Dance, 185/187 RB
  • May 2–5 Rehearsals for Young DanceMakers, de Jong Concert Hall
  • May 6–7 Evening of Dance performances, Young DanceMakers, de Jong Concert Hall
  • May 7 Spacing rehearsal, Sharing Showcase classes, 185/187 RB
  • May 9–13 Parent Visiting Week, Sharing Showcase classes
  • May 14 Sharing Showcase performances 10:30, noon, 1:30, 166 RB

Parents are invited to visit and observe their child’s class on three different days throughout the year. The dates are listed above. By limiting observation days to those listed, students enrolled in our program are allowed uninterrupted class time to work with peers and teachers. We ask that on observation days parents remain attentive and leave younger children who might disrupt the class in the care of others. We feel that adhering to these guidelines will optimize the experience for all. Parents who observe on non–designated days often cause confusion, as other children wonder why their mother or father is not present. We appreciate your willingness to cooperate in this matter.

Children should be dropped off no earlier than five minutes before class and picked up no later than five minutes after class ends. Dancers arriving before their class has begun should not disrupt the previous class. Children’s dance faculty cannot be responsible for attending to children before and after class.

Children should wear appropriate dance attire. Leotards or body suits are recommended. Straps should be one inch or wider. All students enrolled in the Creative Dance Program should plan on dancing barefoot. We also ask that children wear appropriate outer clothing and footwear to and from class and rehearsal.

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Participants in the BYU Children and Teens' Creative Dance Program will receive training in dance technique, which develops flexibility, coordination, strength, physical awareness, and body control. Students will learn through movement the basics of rhythm, participate in problem solving, create innovative compositions, and develop excellent performance skills.


Registration will begin August 3, 2015

Classes begin the week of September 14–18, 2015, and culminate the week of May 9–14, 2016. Information regarding holidays and performances will be distributed by teachers shortly after classes begin. You may also check the calendar online.


Grades preschool through 12 (3 to 18 years).


The Creative Dance Program includes an optional performance opportunity for original choreography in the November and February “DanceWorks” performances. Class groups will be featured in a May performance “Sharing Showcase.” The Young DanceMakers (those in company classes that meet two or more hours per week) will perform in “An Evening of Dance,” also in May.


There are three designated weeks during the year during which parents are encouraged to observe their child’s class. To allow the teacher and students to work without interruption, parents should not observe class at any other time

Kathleen Sheffield, MA, director

Malisalee Gardner, assistant director


Jennie Andersen
Mackenzie Arnold
Aubry Dalley
Lindsay Challis
Jana Clegg
Camilla Cook
Mikayla Ellison
Kaitlin Fayles
Debbie Gibbons
Annie Hughes
Rebecca Lewis
Sara Mann
Kathie McFarland
Stefani Mortensen
Chelsey McNeil
Kristi Newsome
Laurie Payne
Lisa Rivera
Jen Stemmons
Mia Wells
Jenny Ivey


Edgemont Elementary (EDGE), 3600 North 500 East, Provo
Provost Elementary (PROV), 629 South 1000 East, Provo
BYU Harman Continuing Education Building (HCEB), Provo
SCERA, 745 S. State Street, Orem
BYU Richards Building (RB), Provo

Registration will begin August 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. (MDT).

Registration can be done online at or over the phone with VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card, or American Express by calling (801) 422–8925. Please specify the age group and day and time of the class for which you are registering. Registrations can be done in person at 120 Harman Building (HCEB). Checks should be made payable to BYU.

Full tuition is due at the time of registration. (See class schedule for tuition amounts.) Please note that there is a $20 discount on all registrations received prior to September 1, 2015. All classes are subject to change or cancellation.

Company class enrollment is by invitation only. Students will be evaluated for correct placement during the first month of classes. You will be contacted about any recommended adjustments and, upon approval, will be notified if there is any change in cost. No late fee will apply for such transfers.


All cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing or email ( to Creative Dance Refunds, 147 HCEB, Provo, UT 84602, or faxed to 801-422-0730. A full refund less a $25 handling fee will be granted to all requesting cancellation prior to the child's first class during the first week (September 14–18). During the first month of class, refunds will be approved on an individual basis. After the first month of class, no refunds will be given. Please plan accordingly.


All classes are held for one hour unless noted otherwise. Age is calculated from the first day of class. This schedule is subject to change

Experienced Teen girls ages 14–18 may schedule a placement class by calling 801–422–6757.


For female students who have participated one year or less in the BYU Creative Dance Program.

Age Day and Time Place Tuition by August 31 Tuition Septermber 1
3 Tuesday 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. SCERA $320 $340
3 Wednesday 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. SCERA $320 $340
4 Tuesday 10:00 a.m. SCERA $370 $390
4 Wednesday 10:00 a.m. SCERA $370 $390
4-5 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. EDGE $370 $390
5-6 Wednesday 4:30 p.m. PROV $370 $390
7-8 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. EDGE $370 $390
9-10 Wednesday 6:30 p.m. PROV $370 $390
11-14 Thursday 6:45 p.m. EDGE $370 $390


For female students who have completed two years or more in the BYU Creative Dance Program.

Age Day and Time Place Tuition by August 31 Tuition September 1
5-6 Wednesday 5:30 p.m. PROV $370 $390
5-6 Friday 4:00 p.m. 158 RB $370 $390
7-8 Tuesday 6:30 p.m. PROV $370 $390
9-10 Wednesday 6:30 p.m. PROV $370 $390
11-14 Tuesday 6:45 p.m. EDGE $370 $390


For all male students participating in the BYU Creative Dance Program.

Age Day and Time Place Tuition by August 31 Tuition September 1
3 Tuesday 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. SCERA $320 $340
3 Wednesday 11:00 am.–11:45 a.m. SCERA $320 $340
4 Tuesday 10:00 a.m. SCERA $370 $390
5-7 Monday 4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. HCEB $320 $340
8-10 Moday 4:45 p.m. HCEB $395 $415
11-18 Moday 5:30 p.m. HCEB $395 $415

*Note: A $25 performance fee has been added to the oldest two boys’ classes to cover the costs of participating in the Evening of Dance Concert in the de Jong Concert Hall on the BYU campus.

Students will be observed during the first few weeks of class, and any recommendation for placement in advanced and Young DanceMakers company classes will be made at that time. To place your child on the watch list or to ask questions regarding this procedure call Elaine Bridges at 422–6757.