The BYU Ballroom Dance Company

The Ballroom Dance Company of Brigham Young University has known victory and acclaim throughout the world since its formation in 1971. The Utah-based team is the current US and British National Champion in both modern formation and Latin formation dance. The team has won competitions and astounded audiences worldwide with a variety of showpieces renowned for precision, beauty, and skill. Now the BYU Ballroom Dance Company will bring its world champion showcase Capture the Magic to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College on October 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM. Open seating for $30 each. Reserved seating with purchase of 10 or more tickets. 

Capture the Magic treats audiences to a spectacular variety of dances, including gliding waltzes reminiscent of a royal ball, playful swing dances hearkening back to a 1950s sock hop, and dramatic, high-energy Latin dance. A special black-light number and the team’s competition medleys give additional appeal to the showcase. The dancers engage the audience with pieces that flow between elegant forms and fast-paced rhythms accompanied with amazing, colorful costumes and dramatic choreography.

The dance company will spend the 2010 – 2011 season preparing for a tour to Thailand and Vietnam. The company is an audience favorite in Thailand where they have performed for sell-out crowds several times in years past. The Ballroom Dance Company looks forward to their premier tour through Vietnam where they will perform, serve, and reach out to the community in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. 

Whether performing in the United States or abroad, the group leaves a distinct impression of professionalism.  After the group’s performance in St. Petersburg, Dr. Alex Zapesotski said, “As president of the St. Petersburg Humanities University, I have traveled around the world—to London, Tokyo, Paris—and have never seen a production of your high artistic standard and spirit.”

Ballroom Dance Company has recently traveled to England, Hong Kong, and China. The company performed in the Cultural Olympiad of the 2008 Olympic Games. The company has traveled to over 30 countries, even returning several times to many, to showcase their talent, help communities, and build unity throughout the world.

Lee and Linda Wakefield, the artistic directors of the Ballroom Dance Company, both hold memberships in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and have degrees in Standard and Latin dancing.  The husband-and-wife pair has inspired a 30-year pursuit of excellence in the company.

The Ballroom Dance Company originates in the Department of Dance of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  BYU is one of the nation’s largest private universities with an enrollment of more than 30,000 full-time students from throughout the United States and 110 foreign countries.

Sacramento area presenter:  BYU Management Society/Sacramento.  Contact: Stan Dunn  916-765-2229   stan@dunn.net.  For photos and show information see www.ViennaRhythm.net 

Tickets will be on sale in July 2011 at www.ThreeStages.net  and http://ms.byu.edu/sacramento   Open seating $30 each.  Reserve a block of seats with the purchase of 10 or more tickets and include your business name in program as a sponsor.

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