Encore Spring 2024

Ballroom Dance Company

Spreading Light

Paris Christensen and Jacob Benson of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company showcase their proficiency.

During their midsemester tour in October 2023, the BYU Ballroom Dance Company visited Caldwell, Idaho, and the Washington cities of Richland, Olympia, Tacoma, and Camas. The company had a busy and fulfilling tour schedule, including six performances that showcased their talents and captivated audiences. Additionally, they conducted a workshop with a local dance studio, Pacific Ballroom Dance, in which the Ballroom Dance Company performers shared their expertise, performed routines, and offered insight about the BYU ballroom dance program to young students who are hoping to attend BYU in the future. 

Summer Benson, a dedicated member of the company, says of her experience touring with the group, “I felt the importance of our dancing when I was onstage focusing on getting into my line. This was such a cool experience for me and for the audience, and I love the focus of spreading light to the people who come to watch us.” Benson recognizes the transformative power of performance that the Ballroom Dance Company desires to share with performers and audiences alike. 

In Tacoma, Washington, BYU dancers (from left to right) Brandon Keck, Serena Keck, Sabrina Bezzant, and Ashton Cole meet with alumna Hannah Gasinski Anderson and her son after the company’s performance.

For three weeks in spring 2024, the Ballroom Dance Company will embark on an exhilarating journey through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. They will connect with local communities as the company members experience each country’s vibrant traditions and give performances. This adventure will not only showcase the talents and dedication of the Ballroom Dance Company but also foster understanding and appreciation across borders. As ambassadors of BYU, the students look forward to embodying the university’s commitment to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who serve others throughout their lives. 

Members of the ballroom medley ensemble stand onstage after a BYU Ballroom Dance Company show in Tacoma, Washington.

BYU dancers Ashlyn Burnside and Michael Morgan perform with the Ballroom Dance Company at BYU's World of Dance.