Same-sex couples can dance in the ballroom during spring competition hosted by BYU

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PROVO – For the first time, Brigham Young University will allow same-sex partners to participate in a national dance competition the university is hosting this spring.

3,000 couples are expected to compete in the US National Amateur Dance Championships at the Marriott Center from March 10-14. BYU has been hosting the event for over 20 years.

Originally, the National Dance Council of America allowed BYU to operate under the traditional rules of a dance partnership between men and women, with the man playing the lead and the woman acting as follows, according to a report by Salt Lake Tribune.

Things started to change last fall when the council was threatened with legal action. On September 14, the council posted the following change to its website: “Same-sex / gender-neutral couples must compete with opposite-sex couples in all genres of dance, including championships, competitions and events sanctioned by the NDCA. “

To host the competition sanctioned by the National Dance Council of America, which determines the best Latin, cabaret and rhythm dances, BYU must follow the rules, the council announced on January 13.

Carri Jenkins, BYU’s assistant to the president for academic communications, emailed the following statement to Deseret News:

“By hosting National Dance Council of America sanctioned ballroom competitions, BYU has followed the rules of the NDCA and will continue to do so.”

Curt Holman, chairman of the BYU dance department, gave a similar explanation to Universe, the student newspaper.

“As we are hosting an NDCA sanctioned event, we are obligated to follow their rules and regulations,” Holman said.


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