PAT HARRIS Owner/Director
"OVER 50 YEARS OF DANCE EDUCATION TEACHING EXPERIENCE"
A family-oriented, professionally staffed, dance training school
Pat Harris started her dance life and training at the age of 8 in Nampa, ID with Mrs. May Van de Steeg renowned teacher in the area. Pat started her first dance school as a senior in high school and continued her dance school while attending (B.S.U) Boise Junior College for 2 years. She was head Majorette for B.S.U. during that time and twirled & threw both the sparkler & flame baton for the college games. She received her degree in Physical Education from the University of Washington and taught junior high for several years. Pat spent 6 weeks in NYC taking dance technique classes and teacher training courses from such legends Thalia Mara (Ballet),Paul Draper (Tap) and Matt Mattox (Jazz). Pat founded the dance school bearing her name in 1971. The Pat Harris School of Dance building was constructed in 1973. Her mother Esther Herr opened a second dance supply store location in the same building. Pats daughter began her dance training at age 4, she has taught Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz with an extensive experience of dance and studio development. Diane is the studio manager and owner of the dance store The Dance Shoppe, located in our building set to open in mid August of 2019.This year she is excited to be stepping up as the assistant studio director for the 2nd time along side her mother Pat Harris, making this a true 3 generation owned and operated treasure valley family business. Evolving in 1955 as the Maysco Dance Studio in Nampa, Idaho.
"Whatever the reason for taking dance classes. Personal enjoyment, self-improvement keeping physically fit, or aspiring for a professional career - dance is an art for all to enjoy. More than any other art form, Dance encompasses the total person; physically, mentally, and emotionally. - Pat Harris
About Pat Harris School of Dance
Location: 1225 Mckinney Ln Boise, ID 83704
Main Office Location: Our studio objective is to provide top quality instruction at a competitive price with a small class size. We encourage technical proficiency in their dance style area of interest, but more importantly to build muscle & body development, self-discipline, poise, grace, and self-esteem. From September through May, we offer quality instruction with an end of the season performance, Dance Recital on May 30, 2020 @ Timberline High School Auditorium. We offer quality instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop & yoga. Our studios are equipped with cushioned, floating wood and marley floors, mirrors, and barres designed specifically for dance. Although we are not a competition studio we do offer it for our Dance Company Members and any students wanting that experience. For performance experience and community involvement we do several small performances including some nursing homes and assisted living facilities. call us for detailed information. (208) 375-3255
About Broadway Dance and Event Center
Location: 893 East Boise,Ave Boise, ID 83706
Originally started on Broadway Avenue in 1982 the Broadway Dance Center entered a new era on East Boise Ave. with the renovation of the Holcomb Grange building and grounds. This facility offers a limited class schedule and is available for rental for weddings, receptions, parties, reunions and more. Call us for detailed information. (208) 342-6123
We are a core dance studio specializing in developing dancers with proper technique & versatility in several styles of dance. Each style offers benefits in becoming a well-rounded technical dancer and performer. A well versed dancer has many choices in choosing what direction to go in the wide expanse of the performing arts field, theater, sports and more. We feel everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from the joy, skills, depth of emotion and health benefits that dance provides. We strive to foster creativity, cultural appreciation, self-confidence, individuality and a healthy active lifestyle in students of all levels and ages. Our emphasize is in teaching proper technique
Many of the students trained in Pat’s schools have continued their dance careers as professional dance teachers, performers in professional dance companies, professional sports dance teams, cruise ship dance performers, & proudly having trained many owners of their own dance schools. Pat Harris heads a staff of technically-trained, caring instructors who provide progressive lessons in a fun, yet disciplined manner. Pat Harris has been an active member of the Boise Dance Teacher’s Association and the statewide Idaho Dance Arts Alliance for many years, having held the office of president in each group, plus several other offices and responsibilities. Pat is a proud member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. IDAA- Idaho Dance Art's Alliance Lifetime Member and former holder of all positions including President.
Our Hope For You
Every studio has a different personality which develops from the philosophical framework from which they teach. In a low stress environment we employ family-friendly methods to build confidence in young people through teaching them correct technique first — then like stacking blocks, we keep challenging their bodies and minds to perform steps they never thought possible! One of our favorite events of the dance season is our winter performance at the Idaho Veterans Home.