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Summer DanceFest June 15-27, 2020 CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

Presented by Idaho Dance Theatre and Boise State University Department of Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing

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.

How Do I Register?


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. DVD’s must be delivered no later than June 1, 2020.

Please send your video on DVD no later than June 1 to: Marla Hansen, Summer DanceFest 2020, Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing, 1910 University Dr. Boise, Idaho 83725-1565. Or email a digital video by June 1 to:

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)

To be in the choreography classes dancers must be registered in the technique class that relates to the choreography. To be in a ballet piece students must be registered for the ballet technique class. To be in hip hop and jazz choreography students must be registered for jazz technique. To be in contemporary choreography students must be registered for modern technique

Housing and Meal plans are available for DanceFest participants who don’t live near campus.
Contact Marla Hansen for further information 208-426-3568 or

The workshop culminates with two evening performances.  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.

Class Schedule/Registration and Medical Release forms please click the link below.

Due to technical issues the Registration and Medical Release form link below is not available.  Please email for an email version of the form.  Thank you.

SDF 2020 Registration and Medical release form 

Summer DanceFest Faculty

More faculty to be announced soon.

Ballet Curriculum and Choreography

Marla Hansens, Adrienne Kerr, Nathan Powell, Sabrina Barbic, Yurek Hansen

Hip Hop Choreography

To be announced.

Jazz technique and Choreography

Kennedy Kaya

Modern Technique and Contemporary Choreography

To be announced.

Contemporary Choreography

Yurek Hansen