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BYU dance company wins competition

PROVO, Utah — BYU's Ballroom Dance Company emerged victorious once again as they won this month's National Standard Ballroom Formation and Latin Formation Championships for the 23rd consecutive year at the Embassy Championships in Irvine, Calif.

"This event is one of the top, elite competitions in the United States," said Lee Wakefield, Ballroom Dance Company director and Dance Department chairman. "It attracts couples from all over the world."

Besides winning at the California competition, the Ballroom Dance Company has won 16 titles at the British Championships, which attracts more teams with some of the most elite dancers in the world.

"The British Championships are like the granddaddy of ballroom dance competitions," Brother Wakefield said.

He attributed the team's success to a solid, fundamental base developed from practicing technique and improving technical skills. BYU offers 15 different ballroom courses that team members are required to take.

"We do a great job with creativity and costumes, but without well-trained dancers it's impossible to have a consistently successful team," Brother Wakefield said.