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BYU Winterfest offers opportunities to see Ballroom Dance Company, Young Ambassadors

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 11:02 a.m. MST

The Ballroom Dance Company performs a cha-cha number Doo Wah Diddy in its variety showcase. The company is known worldwide for its innovative, energetic and colorful performances.

Jaren Wilkey, BYU

PROVO — There's still time to snag some tickets to some of the annual BYU Winterfest events.

But artist manager Shane Wright suggests hurrying.

"They go fast," Wright said. "The shows either sell out or come close every year."

Throughout February, a different song and dance group will perform in a 90-minute concert each weekend. Tickets to the events went on sale in October for $10 each and are available online and by phone.

The events this year include the Ballroom Dance Company performing on Feb. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The dance company is internationally renowned and the largest collegiate ballroom team in the world. It won the first-place trophy at the Blackpool Dance Festival in 2013 in Latin and modern formation, marking its 13th first-place win for Latin and the 12th first-place win for modern formation.

Vocal Point, a group of a cappella singers that claimed national attention in 2011 on the television Sing-Off series, will perform Feb. 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. The group of nine men deliver a high-energy show that combines harmony and humor with vocal percussion and personality.

The Young Ambassadors will put on a 90-minute show Feb. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee. The young singers, dancers and musicians have gained a reputation in 67 countries for entertaining excellence through energetic and heart-warming musical theater entertainment. Their new show, "Heartsongs: Melodies of Love," has show tunes from award-winning Broadway musicals such as "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Cinderella," "Singing in the Rain" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and features international hits by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Adele and Michael Jackson.

The Contemporary Dance Theatre company will perform Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. With dances that range from concert contemporary dance to hip-hop, the company is one of the most widely toured university-based contemporary dance companies in America. By combining technology with traditional dance, the duets and group numbers come to life in a unique and sometimes humorous way.

All of the shows will be in the LDS Conference Center at 58 W. South Temple in Salt Lake City. (Parking is available beneath the center.)

"We love having this at the Conference Center," Wright said. "It's perfect."

Wright said the Winterfest has been a successful offering since it was started in 2002.

The university's performing groups rotate so different opportunities are offered each year, he added.

Tickets are limited to 10 per order. Children 2 and older are permitted. No babies are allowed.

Sunday dress is suggested.

If you go:

Ballroom Dance Company

Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Vocal Point

Friday, Feb. 12-13, 7:30 p.m.

Young Ambassadors

Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Contemporary Dance Theatre

Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 (limit of 10 per order), Call 801-570-0080 or go to: BYU Winterfest

Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with more than 35 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.

Email: haddoc@deseretnews.com

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