Students were encouraged to pursue passion, get involved and appreciate the arts during Tuesday’s dance assembly by the BYU Department of Dance.
Prior to performances, Brandon Beck, BYUSA president, addressed the student body about passion and getting involved. Following his remarks, several BYU dance groups performed their program entitled, “Creativity — A Manifestation of Love.”
According to President Samuelson, BYU has the largest dance department in the United States. Beck recognized the opportunity that gives the campus to have some amazing dancers. Beck’s remarks were inspired by modern dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.
“Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They’re great because of their passion,” Graham said.
Beck spoke further to students about Graham’s idea of passion.
“Whatever it is in life that we are passionate about, we should pursue that,” Beck said. “By pursuing passion, we will make ourselves more marketable to our future employers … and spouses.”
BYU gives students the opportunity to explore and focus their passions. According to Beck, BYU fosters passion by giving students the opportunity to be involved. Beck said getting involved changes a student’s BYU experience and trajectory.
“We can all progress and improve the experience we have here,” Beck said. “I extend the invitation to find your passions (while watching today’s dance assembly). There’s a lot to gain by being involved. Every great pursuit begins with a first step.”
With that address, Living Legends, the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, BYU Ballet Theater, the International Folk Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Theater, in turn, took their first steps onto the floor of the Marriott Center to share their passion of dance.
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