Students from BYU-Idaho’s touring dance team, Dance Alliance, will be performing in Extravadance June 23-25.
“Extravadance is one of the biggest events here at BYU-Idaho that is produced by the dance department for your entertainment,” said Mason Van Katwyk, a member of Dance Alliance and a senior studying health science. “It is a show of different genres of dance such as ballet, jazz, swing, contemporary, tap, ballroom, American folk and world dance.”
This event, titled “Letters,” explores the theme of decisions determining destiny, which is inspired by President Thomas S. Monson’s November 2005 BYU Speech, according to the BYU-I website.
“It is built on the idea of a parent writing a letter to their child on decisions they will encounter in life and the counsel the parent gives and the blessings they wish for their child,” Van Katwyk said.
Kendall Moore, a member of Dance Alliance and a junior studying exercise physiology, said Extravadance is different because it is a moving and inspiring show that has been created over six months of rehearsal.
“We have beautiful movement, and each dance is very different,” Moore said. “There is something for everyone.”
Van Katwyk said Dance Alliance is a dance company made up of 36 dancers who represent BYU-I.
“These dancers are those that are dedicated to sharing their technical strengths and have opportunities to learn and experience other genres of dance from several different choreographers from various professional backgrounds,” Van Katwyk said.
Students who are part of Dance Alliance audition for spots in the company, according to the BYU-I website.
“Auditions are held for this team and about 36 dancers are chosen,” Moore said. “We rehearse four times a week along with at least one technique class three times a week. This means we rehearse over 20 hours a week.”
Van Katwyk said that the company not only performs on campus but has performed in different countries around the world. Some of these include Mexico, Ukraine and New Zealand, as well as almost each of the 50 states.
When they are not touring, the company performs each semester during their show Extravadance, according to the BYU-I website.
The shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Oscar A. Kirkham Building Auditorium. Admission is $3 for students and $6 for the general public, and dress is classroom attire, according to the BYU-I website.