BYU Ballroom dance members during performance

The Ballroom Dance Company is one of the most distinctive and unique university dance companies in the world.

January 7, 2019
Writer: Don Sparhawk

REXBURG, Idaho— The BYU Ballroom Dance Company will perform Friday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. 

Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $12 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered by calling (208) 496-3170 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.

The Ballroom Dance Company is one of the most distinctive and unique university dance companies in the world. Based in Provo, Utah, this company consists of 32 dancers, all of whom are full-time students at BYU.

Their current show, “Come Alive,” 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.

In 1972 the BYU Ballroom Dance Company burst onto the world’s stage competing at the famed British Championships in Blackpool, England. Crowned as the British Champions, they became the first American formation team to ever win this coveted title.

Since then, competitive ballroom dance has become an integral part of the BYU program. The Ballroom Dance Company regularly returns to England to compete for the prestigious British crown and annually defends their U.S. championship title in the States. This focus on competition dance drives and inspires the students to reach for higher levels of artistry and technical prowess.

Most recently, the BYU Ballroom Dance Company won the 2017 United States and 2016 British Championships with their unforgettable Ballroom Medley, “Ode to Joy” and Latin Medley, “Ritmo del Corazon.”

Since its inception in 1970, BYU’s Ballroom Dance Company has performed for millions of people in over 35 countries. Highlights include extensive travel throughout China, Europe and Russia and a command performance for the Royal Princess of Thailand.

The Ballroom Dance Company originates in the Department of Dance of the College of Health and Human Performance at BYU.