BYU Ballroom Dance Company in concert this weekend

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The BYU Ballroom Dance Company will perform its show “Jump and Jive” in the Marriott Center this Friday at 7:30 p.m., as well as Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The concert will showcase a variety of ballroom dance styles by all the performing teams in the company. Amy Bukarau, a member of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company touring team, said the show’s variety makes the performance exciting for all audiences.

Tour team members Jared and Amy Bukarau will be performing in the BYU Ballroom Dance concert, Jump and Jive. (Photography by Mark A. Philbrick)
Tour team members Jared and Amy Bukarau will be performing in the BYU Ballroom Dance concert “Jump and Jive.” (Photography by Mark A. Philbrick)

“It is very visually stimulating,” Bukarau said. “I think the most exciting thing is the fact that there are so many different costumes and dances … (it is) a concert filled with variety.”

Rachel Webb, a physiology and developmental biology major, attended last year’s ballroom dance concert. She said it was the talent of the BYU ballroom dancers that made her decide to go.

“I love watching people who are very good at what they do, especially dancing,” Webb said.

After attending the performance, Webb was impressed by the overall presentation of the ballroom concert. Curt Holman, the concert’s producer, said the BYU Ballroom Dance Company concert attracts so many people that they have to use the Marriott Canter as a venue to accommodate such a large audience.

“The ballroom dance concert traditionally has close to 10,000 viewers come,” Holman said.

Holman said the energy of the show is what attracts so many people.

“It is a fast-moving, highly entertaining show that everyone will want to see,” Holman said.

Audiences have found the show entertaining, but for some, it has also been inspiring. Brent Keck, ballroom dance instructor and performance director of one of the backup BYU teams, said it was at a BYU Ballroom Dance concert that he received an answer to a prayer. Keck was trying to decide whether he should attend BYU or another university in Florida, but after attending the BYU Ballroom Dance Company concert, Keck felt he got his answer.

“After watching the concert I felt that through prayer my answer was to go to BYU and develop through the BYU Ballroom Dance Program,” Keck said.

Tickets for the the BYU Ballroom Dance concert “Jump and Jive” can be purchased at the Marriott Center Ticket Office, byutickets.com, (801)-422-BYU1 or 1-(800)-322-BYU1. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $18 for floor seating.

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