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BYU Ballroom Dancers swing and sway into Jewett Auditorium

September 28, 2017

Caldwell Fine Arts at The College of Idaho presents Brigham Young University's Ballroom Dance Company in Swing ‘n’ Sway on Friday, October 13. BYU Ballroom is one of the most distinctive and unique university dance companies in the world. Their current show delights spectators with compelling and creative choreography that seamlessly segues from romantic waltzes to rhythmical sambas and other unexpected surprises. Colorful costumes and innovative, theatrical design give traditional ballroom dances a refreshing and relevant flare that engages the audiences of today. A hallmark of their show includes the performance of their award-winning and internationally acclaimed Ballroom and Latin competition medleys. Numbers range from a foxtrot performed to Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, a cha-cha to Boogie Shoes, and a medley to Ode to Joy.

BYU Ballroom Dance Company is the current United States Ballroom Dance Formation Champion and is a frequent winner of the British Formation Championships. Since its inception in 1970, BYU Ballroom has performed for millions of people in over 35 countries. Their artistry led the President of the National Dance Council of America, Brian McDonald, to call them “one of the Ballroom world’s greatest treasures.”

A Concert Connection dinner and ballroom dance lesson by Breakaway Ballroom precede the showcase. Dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 14. The cafeteria opens at 5:30 pm, and the dance lessons begins at 6:15 pm. Both the dinner and free ballroom lesson take place at Simplot Dining Hall, down the sidewalk from Jewett Auditorium. Tickets can be ordered online.

A ballroom dance workshop is offered on Saturday at 9:30 am – 10:30 am. BYU Ballroom will lead workshops for beginners with dance experience in other dance genres, and advanced workshops for those with ballroom dance experience. The workshops are held in Langroise Recital Hall, next to Jewett Auditorium. The cost for the workshop is $5 and registration is online. Tickets are available at www.caldwellfinearts.org or 459-5275. Adult tickets are $10, $15, and $25, and child tickets are $5, $8, and $12. This show is expected to sell out and door sales are discouraged.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.