Whirling to the sound of an accordion in Lyon, France, members of the Ballroom Dance Company began wrapping up their three-week tour in Europe. This final leg of the trip found them in Lyon and Bordeaux, France, and in Barcelona, Spain.
The final week of the Ballroom Dance Company tour to Europe started with a surprise visit to the city of Chamonix in the French Alps, complete with a cable car ride to the top of Aiguille du Midi near Mont Blanc, which is the tallest point in the Alps.
While in Lyon the group did a performance and activity with members of the Ecully Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Ballroom Dance Company enjoyed visiting sites of the city, such as ancient Roman ruins, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, and Vieux Lyon, where they encountered a street performer named Michael Chobatar who enthusiastically played his accordion while the group danced in front of the Lyon Cathedral.
In Bordeaux the group enjoyed downtown and danced in the Miroir d’Eau, a large reflecting pool in the city.
The Ballroom Dance Company performed two full concerts this week, at Le Pin Galant in Bordeaux and El Teatre Principal de Terrassa near Barcelona. In both venues they received praise from large audiences.
The company enjoyed a sightseeing day in Barcelona that included a flamenco show and a traditional Spanish dinner of paella. They finished the tour with a devotional with the local stake of the Church of Jesus Christ in Barcelona. The group returned home to Utah on Monday, June 17.