Evidance participants hype about the concerts this weekend

Ballroom Dance Company members practice for their China tour in 2013. (Photo by Todd Wakefield)
Ballroom Dance Company members practice for their China tour in 2013. (Todd Wakefield)

BYU dancers have worked countless, exhausting hours to produce their annual dance concert, Evidance, this week. The show will feature dances from all around the world, highlighting different cultures and backgrounds. The Ballroom Dance Company, Contemporary Dance Theatre, International Folk Dance Ensemble, Living Legends and Theatre Ballet will all perform.

The university has one of the largest dance programs in the nation. Each of the dance companies performing in Evidance this week has had many opportunities to travel throughout the world. The Ballroom Dance Company and Contemporary Dance Theatre both traveled to China last year.

“We started rehearsals two weeks before school started, and we are doing three numbers in Evidance,” said Cayel Tregeagle, the current president of Contemporary Dance Theatre. “Evidance is one of my favorite shows of the year. It’s so exciting to be able to meet and perform with all of these talented companies. I can’t wait for everyone to see what the dance program is all about.”

Many of the dancers who will perform in Evidance aren’t dance majors. The BYU Dance Department allows non-dance majors to audition for many of the performing groups. Evidance iallows all of the dance groups to come together in unity and create a great show.

“I remember watching Evidance last year and being awestruck at how dance, all forms of dance, can really move an audience,” said Adam Lee, a first-year member of the Ballroom Dance Company. “It is so great to appreciate the different varieties of dance and the purposes of each. BYU’s dance companies are especially talented, and it is apparent in the show this year.”

The theme this year (“From This Place into All the World”) provides an opportunity for the university to feature all of the talented dance groups. Evidance is one of the many performances that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center.

“I think Evidance is one of the best shows on campus because you get to see all the dance groups in one show,” said Alsion Oberle, a dancer for the International Folk Dance Ensemble. “It’s always exciting to get to know the other dancers because we don’t normally spend time together, other than this show. The International Folk Dance Ensemble will perform dance numbers from Ukraine, Turkey and the United States — all very high-energy numbers.”

Evidance will take place on Sept. 17, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. The dancers will perform both a matinee at 2:00 p.m. and an evening show at 7:30 p.m on Sept. 20.



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