BYU Youth Dancesport 2016–2017

To participate in this program, you must first audition and be cleared by the director.

Open Auditions to be held May 7, 2016

Pre-Register for auditions NOW! (see below)


BYU Youth Dancesport Director

Betsy Denney, Director
BYU Youth Dancesport Program

Betsy Denney has a BA in Dance from Brigham Young University. She is certified with the ISTD in licentiate ballroom and Latin and is adjunct faculty at BYU. She started ballroom dancing on a formation team at the age of 12 and then came to BYU where she had the privilege of touring with the Ballroom Dance Company for 5 years and she also received the top BYU Student Dance Instructor. During that time, she was able to compete with the team in Blackpool, England 2 times. Betsy was a US Youth 10–Dance Champion, US Youth Standard Champion, and a 2–time US Amateur Smooth Champion. She and her husband Karson also competed professionally in the American Smooth style. Betsy started teaching in the BYU Youth program in 2002 and has loved every moment since!

Program Benefits

  • 60 to 100+ hours of instruction from expert team instructors
  • Compete in local and regional ballroom dance competitions
  • Perform in a Winter Showcase
  • Learn current ballroom dance choreography
  • Improve your technical skills
  • Enhance social skills through a team-building experience
  • Team rehearsals two or more times per week during the fall and winter

Fall/Winter Tuition and Rehearsal Schedule
August 2016–March 2017

PRETEEN Teams (grades 3–6)
Tuition: Fall $300, Winter $300
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Times: 4:15–5:45 p.m.
Location: Canyon Crest Elementary School, Provo

JUNIOR 7th, 8th, and 9th Teams (grades 7–9)
Tuition: Fall $375, Winter $375
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays
Times: 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: Wasatch Elementary School, Provo

YOUTH Teams (grades 10–12)
Tuition: Fall $400, Winter $400
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Times: 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: Wasatch Elementary School, Provo

*Youth Teams: Starting in January, youth teams will also be required to attend three-hour Saturday morning rehearsals. These will be in addition to the Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals.


Registration opens May 24, 2016

Fall Tuition DUE by Friday, August 27, 2016

$15 Late Fee starts August 27, 2016 (Kickoff)

Winter Tuition DUE by Friday, January 2, 2017

$15 Late Fee starts January 2, 2017

2016–2017 Calendar

  • April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, May 2 & 4, 2016​: Audition Prep Class
  • May 7, 2016: Auditions for 2016-2017 Program
  • May 24, 2016: Parent Meeting for all 2016-2017 parents at 7:00 pm in the BYU Harman Building (room 2254 CONF)
  • Summer Classes: TBA
  • August 27, 2016: Kick Off
  • August 29, 2016: Pre-Teen and Junior Practice starts (Monday/ Wednesday)
  • August 30, 2016: Youth Practice starts (Tuesday/Thursday)
  • September 5, 2016: Labor Day (No Pre-Teen/ Junior Practices)


WHO: Anyone who wants to try-out for BYU Youth DanceSport
WHAT: audition prep class to help prepare your Waltz & Cha Cha technique & routines
TIME: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
DAYS: Mondays and Wednesdays
DATES: April 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, and May 2, 4
PLACE: Wasatch Elementary (1080 900 E, Provo, UT 84604)
COST: $40

OPEN AUDITIONS (2016 – 2017 Season)

  • WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • WHERE: BYU Richards Building, room 270 (see BYU map)
  • REGISTER: Preregister at no cost below!

Audition Times:

Youth (grades 10–12), 7:00 a.m.
Junior (grades 7–9), 10:00 a.m.
Preteen (grades 3–6), Noon
Team classifications are based on the student's year in school during the 2016 – 2017 academic school year.

Audition Dances:

Students should be prepared to dance a syllabus Cha–Cha, and Waltz or Foxtrot.
Those auditioning for the Youth category will also participate in a choreographic workshop as part of their audition in the morning. Some may be asked to return later in the day for a callback audition.

Audition Partner:

Each participant is responsible to bring a partner. Auditions go much better for participants if they have a partner with whom they have practiced and are comfortable dancing. Only those auditioning for the program need to preregister.

Audition Attire:

Syllabus attire is required
Girls: black skirt and white top
Boys: black pants, white dress shirt and tie

Questions? Contact:

Betsy Denney, Director
BYU Youth Dancesport Program


Here are the ways you can register:

1. Online:

Youth Dancesport Fall 2016 - Winter 2017

Register Now

Online Registration Closes: Apr 30, 2017

Manage My Continuing Education Account

2. By Phone

Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express payments are accepted.
Call 877-221-6716 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. mountain time, excluding holidays.

3. In Person

Harman Continuing Education Building
730 E. University Parkway, Provo, Utah (map)
Weekdays 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. mountain time, excluding holidays

Registration Notes:

  • A full refund (minus $10 non-refundable) will be granted to all cancellations requested by 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016. No refunds will be given after this deadline.