Owner / Director
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. 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 is available for rental for receptions, parties, etc. 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.