Celebrity dancers come to Provo’s Covey Center

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Celebrity dancers from popular TV shows “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” will come to Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts at the end of this month for a one-night-only performance.

The performance will be on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Mark Ballas, two-time winner of ABC’s No. 1 show  “Dancing with the Stars.” Ballas will be joined by dancers from the local area, fellow “Dancing with the Stars” professionals Derek Hough and Oksana Dmytrenko, and “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists Cyrus Spencer, Eliana Girard and Provo native Lindsay Arnold.

Mark Ballas, two-time winner of “Dancing with the Stars,” will perform with other dancers at the Covey Center.

Brandon Armstrong, a dancer from Lehi, said he’s excited to be a part of such a talented cast.

“The audience can expect a lot of superstars,” Armstrong said. “It is going to be a high-energy show and a lot of fun.”

Erika Madsen, a BYU sophomore majoring in dance performance and a fan of “So You Think You Can Dance,” said she enjoys watching dancers from the shows because she understands the time and dedication it takes to develop such a talent.

“With the dance and performing experience I’ve had, I understand the intensity that goes behind the practice and choreography,” Madsen said. “As a dancer, watching these shows allows me to relate and connect more to the performers.”

Lindsay Arnold, a 19-year-old graduate of Timpview High School and a finalist in Season 9 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” said she is excited to be performing back in her hometown.

“It is so nice being home,” Arnold said. “It was fun being on tour because we got to perform for all of our fans, but it was kind of weird performing for people that I didn’t know. So it is really fun to be here with my friends and family.”

After dancing for nearly 15 years, Arnold auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” and eventually made it to the top eight.

“My experience on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ was amazing and crazy,” Arnold said. “It was just a lot of different things mixed into one. It really opened my eyes to the dance world and taught me a lot.”

To buy tickets for the performance, visit the Covey Center’s website.

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