Published: March 24, 2022 |
Author: Ashley H. Palmer |
Come see SUU Ballroom Dance Company in their Spring Showcase titled, rhythm of the night. The company is made up of three ensembles that perform with more than 50 students. They focus on ballroom dance styles such as Elegant Waltz, Electric American Swing, Brazilian Rhythm Samba, and many more. The showcase will be presented on April 1 and 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Théâtre du Center du patrimoine. Tickets can be purchased from a company member for $5 or at the door for $7. For ticket information or any other questions, please email [email protected]
Lawrence Mbaki, a double junior majoring in theater arts and music education from beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, shares, “One thing I learned from ballroom dancing is to focus. It is important to focus so that a routine and technique can be learned quickly and effectively. This season we had a little less time to learn techniques and routines. I have to know when to focus and when to have fun. The dance is really fun, but it requires the dancer to be sharp and represent the vibe of each gender when dancing.
The SUU Ballroom Dance Company hosts several campus and community events each year, including Fall Showcase, Spring Showcase, and Dancing with the stars. Additionally, the company frequently reaches out to the surrounding community by hosting shows and classes for local organizations. This energetic group will have you tapping your feet as you are entertained by wonderful music, beautiful costumes and incredible ballroom dancing training.
Mbaki goes on to say, “My favorite part of working on this production is this incredible team. I love them all! they work so hard and put in so much time. Chandler Guzzle does a wonderful job of mentoring us and giving us a platform to express ourselves. It will be nice to see that all that hard work and time invested pays off. So come see us!”
Lydia Butler, a theater arts education graduate from South Jordan, Utah, says, “In preparing for this showcase, I learned new styles such as Nightclub Two Step and honed my skills in other styles such as Viennese waltz and tango. My favorite thing about working on this production is definitely the people I work with. I love going to the ballroom every morning and working hard with the people I care about in an art form that I am so passionate about. Being part of the Ballroom team has really shaped my experience at SUU in the best possible way.
Embrace the magic of ballroom dancing on April 1 and 2, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the Théâtre du Center Héritage. For ticket information or any other questions, please email [email protected]
About the College of Performing and Visual Arts
The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University includes 26 academic programs, including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM, BMEd) degrees in art, design, dance, music, and theater . It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). Over 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 900 College majors. CPVA presents more than 100 performances, lectures, presentations and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST) making SUU the first public university in the state of Utah to be accredited by all four associations. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.
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Ashley H Palmer, Public Relations and Information Coordinator