Brigham Young University Ballroom Dancers: 27-Time National Champions in Long Beach
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Twenty-seven years of dominating United States formation dancing has given the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dance Company a reputation for excellence throughout the world. The BYU Ballroom Dance Company brings its award-winning dance showcase to the Carpenter Center at Cal State Long Beach.
Audiences of a BYU Ballroom Dance Company performance are treated 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 dances of the Latin style. The dancers keep the audience engaged as they demonstrate their diverse talents, moving the showcase smoothly between elegant formation routines and fast-paced rhythmic pieces.
Most recently, the Company completed a tour in May 2009, extensively crossing the United States from Utah to Massachusetts and south to Washington D.C. In June 2008, the Ballroom Dance Company took their “Capture the Magic” showcase to Hong Kong and China. A highlight of the tour was participation in the opening of the 2008 Cultural Olympic Festival, occurring only six weeks prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
In the competitive arena, Ballroom Dance Company has an extensive and successful history. In September 2009 the dancers competed in the Embassy Ball, an annual ballroom dance competition in Irvine, Calif., where the team once again won the United States National Formation Championships—a title it has held since 1982.
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 28-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 120 foreign countries.