The Ballroom Dance Company will tour the eastern United States. They will perform in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Throughout the tour, BYU alumni and church members will host the BYU students in their homes, giving the group an opportunity to meet families, share stories, and make connections that can last a lifetime.
Along with performing, the dancers will visit some of the oldest monuments in the nation, including the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and the Washington Monument. “I’m super excited,” says the Ballroom Dance Company’s technician, Emma Frost. “For the most part, we have done international tours and tours on the west. I’m excited to see the East and see places that were really historical and things coming of age.”
In New York, the group will participate in master classes at the premier Brooklyn Dancesport Club. Alina Basyuk and Marat Gimaev, instructors at the Brooklyn Dancesport Club and have recently helped choreograph the Ballroom Dance Company’s Ballroom Formation Medley, “Ode to Joy,” that won the British Championships in Blackpool, England, in 2016. “They have a current knowledge of how the industry works and how the competitive dancers are dancing and their technique. It will be very valuable for us to get current industry knowledge,” says dancer Clarissa McIntire. “[And] they are good examples of people who can be professional, compassionate, and kind.”