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UVU Ballroom Dance Company Concert To Cover 170 Years Of Dance

3 April 2013 One Comment

April 3, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Heather Wrigley

On April 18-20, audiences will thrill as almost 100 dancers from Utah Valley University’s award-winning Ballroom Dance Company light up the stage with their energy and excitement in their “American Tapestry” concert.

“America is such a young country,” said Paul Winkelman, director of UVU’s Ballroom Dance Company. “This concert comes from my thought on how America came through these different periods of time, and how all these pieces have come together to create what America is today.”

The concert will feature 30 pieces that will cover different forms of dance from the 1840s through 2012, including 1920s flappers, ’70s and ’80s partnering dances and more. Other dance numbers will deal with themes such as the family and Broadway.

The four teams that compose the Ballroom Dance Company have traditionally performed a concert at this time of year, but under the direction of Winkelman, this concert will feature many new ideas and innovative elements.

Multimedia, live singing and other special effects will add stunning visual elements to the colorful costumes and beautiful movement of the Latin American, ballroom and American dancing the concert will display.

“We’ve projected pictures onto the background to create a feeling of different decades and periods of time,” Winkelman said. “It’s more abstract than just using light. The creative backgrounds give it a different feeling technically.”

The three concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Ragan Theater of the Sorensen Student Center. For tickets, visit the UVU School of the Arts box office in the Noorda Theatre, Campus Connection in the Sorensen Student Center, or order online at uvu.edu/arts or by phone at 801-863-PLAY (7529).

Members of the UVU Ballroom Dance Company shown here will perform “American Tapestry” at the Utah Valley University Ragan Theater.

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