KAYSVILLE – The dance steps of the past can help one elementary school waltz into the future.
The BYU Ballroom Dance Company will present “Capture the Magic,” on Dec. 1 at 2 and 7 p.m. at Davis High School. The performance is a benefit for Burton Elementary in Kaysville, and all proceeds from the show will go toward updating the school’s technology.
“It’s a really old building, and we’ve been trying for four years to get wireless throughout the whole school,” said Elizabeth Nielson, a former BYU dance teacher who has also performed as a member of the company. “They’re caught between the newer schools and the Title 1 schools, so it’s been really hard for them to get funds.”
Nielson, who also sits on the Burton Elementary Community Council, decided that the BYU company members might be the perfect people to help out.The internationally-known group has performed in Davis County twice before, including a benefit to help seriously ill people re-coup travel expenses.
“They’ve always had good support in Davis County,” she said.
“Capture the Magic” is structured as a large-scale Broadway production, with both couple and group performances in a wide variety of styles.
The undefeated U.S. National Formation Team Champions will close out the show with ballroom and Latin American competition medleys.
“The variety and energy of the performances are wonderful,” said Nielson. “You can see so much creativity and precision, and their costumes are just amazing.”
Though the team has performed “Capture the Magic” all around the world, the show is rarely performed in Utah.
“The BYU spring show includes all five of the school’s dance teams, so we don’t get to see this production very often,” Nielson. “They only perform it three to four times a year across the whole state.”
Though women are seen as the traditional audience for ballroom dance, she said that the show will have something for everyone.
“People of any age and any gender will love the show,” she said. “I’m amazed at how many men come up to me after and say ‘My wife had to drive me here, but I loved it.’”
Tickets are available online at burtonballroom.com now through Nov. 30. Online prices are $13 for the 2 p.m. performance and $15 for the 7 p.m. performance. All tickets cost $2 more if purchased at the door the night of the show.
“It’s far better than ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” said Nielson. “If you like that show, you’ll love this.”