NAUVOO, Ill. — Applications to audition to be a young performing missionary next summer in the Illinois Nauvoo Mission are due Nov. 30. Late applications will not be considered. Each year 20 stage missionaries, two to four tech missionaries and 16 to 18 band members are selected through an audition process, and will receive a [...]

“There are hundreds and hundreds of people of faith working in Hollywood, doing it quietly,” he says. via BH Interview: As1 Founder on Rebuilding Bridges Between Hollywood and the Church.

When the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie, Hawaii, was first created in 1963, attendance was so low some days that the employees would go out to the road to recruit people to come watch them perform. "It is because of the faith of these people that the center is still around today," said Ray Magalei, [...]

Celestial bodies will be filled with light, brighter than the sun. Celestial bodies will, of course, have arms, feet, legs, torsos and heads and will be capable of dancing. What consummate performances we will applaud as bodies overflowing with light perfectly express the thoughts and emotions of their dancing spirits. via Meridian Magazine – Ballroom [...]

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As youth in his stake prepared for a regional dance festival and youth conference this summer, President Kelly Summers of the Grand Junction Colorado West Stake recalled the last time such a gathering took place in the area. via LDS Church News – Ties to the past fortified by dance festival.

John Vawdrey, a former LDS missionary who helps translate for the troupe, said the dress, the costumes, the music — which includes an unusual horse head fiddle and a python skin mandolin — are all different from any other region in China. via Unique Chinese dancers tour Utah landscape during visit for International Days | [...]

SCERA Center for the Arts announces its 4th annual “Dancing Under the Stars,” featuring local choreographer and dancers who have appeared national TV shows and worked and trained at local studio, such as Center Stage, owned by Kim Delgrosso. Performing this year is Louis Van Amstel, who was a professional dancer on “Dancing With the [...]

Director and choreographer Derryl Yeager — who as a dancer performed on Broadway in “Cats” — has assembled a talented cast of skillful, athletic dancers with equally adept voices. Under Yeager’s directorial hand, each cat character has enough flair and idiosyncrasies to show off his or her individual personality. Among the highlights are hip-gyrating, rock-and-roller [...]

We call upon you in the arts, you my precious brothers and sisters, to expand your vision of what can be done. If we're going to fill the world with goodness and truth then we must have artists who are worthy to receive inspiration so they can bless the lives of our Heavenly Father and [...]

The Ballroom Dance Company from Brigham Young University took first place in both the British Modern Formation and the Latin Formation Dance Championships at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England. They competed against dance companies from China, Germany, Great Britain and the United States. via BYU News Release.

No one knows what costumes they're going to wear or what routine they will dance, but members of the ballroom dance team at Utah Valley University brought in expert choreographers and have doubled up rehearsals to help them deliver an exciting performance for today's 7 p.m. television debut on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."They're looking [...]

BYU dance company Kinnect is striving to teach children to investigate, explore and create through dance. The 12 Kinnect dancers appear in elementary school auditoriums to share their love of dancing and encourage children to consider dance as a way to discover themselves. “We are truly advocates for the creative process,” said Rebecca Downs, a [...]

Winning first place in Latin and Standard dances at the USA 2009 and 2010 national competitions has placed two LDS teens high in the world of dance.Elijah Clayton of Renton, Washington, and Hannah Shinsato of Snohomish, Washington, both just 13 years old, won first place in their events at the 2010 USA National Dance Competition [...]

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is hitting the road again as part of its Alwin Nikolais Centennial Tour. On this leg of the ongoing two-year tour, the big news is that the Utah company will be performing today at the Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, on Manhattan's lower East Side. In addition, the company will perform [...]

Ideally, collaboration works best with people you know and whose instincts you trust. That's what compelled Joan Woodbury to seek out her son as a collaborative partner 19 years ago when she was creating the dance "L'invasion," and why she has entrusted the family business to her daughter today. via Ririe-Woodbury: The art of the [...]

Normally it’s the teachers that do the teaching, but this weekend students, rather than faculty, have choreographed the dances that will be showcased. via Students choreograph performances |

horeographer Eldon Johnson of Odyssey Dance Theatre has translated the classic story of "Romeo and Juliet" into a dance-opera using hip hop, ballroom, and jazz movement. And for those of us who impatiently suffer through dialogue and songs to see the dance in any musical theater production, this is our cup of tea. via Odyssey [...]

A true pioneer of Irish dance, Register has seen the progression from heavy velvet costumes and real curls to lighter, more ornate costumes and precurled wigs. Register began dancing with Jill Crawford as a young teen and now teaches three classes a week at Crawford Irish Dance in Clearfield, one of the few certified schools [...]

Shakespeare's stage tragedy "Romeo and Juliet" has been adapted many times for film, musicals, ballet and opera. Now, Odyssey Dance Theatre is retelling the story through hip-hop, ballroom and Latin dance. And this will be a rare performance where audiences are asked to leave their cell phones on. That's because voting by text message will [...]

A few years ago, Odyssey Dance Theatre artistic director Derryl Yeager gave a contemporary spin on the classic ballet "Giselle." This year, Shakespeare's classic "Romeo and Juliet" will get an ODT makeover during the company's spring performance series of "Shut Up & Dance." As with the "Shut Up & Dance" performances in the past, different [...]

Odyssey Dance Theatre's hip hop adaptation of the classic Shakespearean tragedy "Romeo + Juliet" is set to pop music by Christina Aguilera, Usher, Ricky Martin, Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. The new wrinkle here is that theatergoers will be asked to text votes about the ending. What audiences can expect » They'll still hear the [...]

The glitz, glamour, spotlight and applause are things every performer loves, including dancers in the U.S. National DanceSport Amatuer Championships held at the Marriot Center this weekend. DanceSport is composed of the numerous dance class compeitions that BYU offers, as well as high school, middle school, and elementary school compeitions. For finance major, Ron Janes, [...]

Four famous Utah dancers will return for the tenth season of ABC's hit reality series, "Dancing with the Stars," which premieres March 22. Utah County dancer Ashly Costa (formerly Delgrosso), who took a hiatus from the series to get married and have a child, is back and will be dancing with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, [...]

While visiting BYU, the group will participate in exchanges with the dance and music departments, each learning about the other’s specialties and talents. Blair Treu of BYU Broadcasting has been working on a documentary about the Galaxy Choir. He will continue to film during their U.S. tour. via Renowned children’s choir from China tours Utah [...]

Brigham Young University's Young Ambassadors performed the kickoff show of their 40th anniversary concert Thursday night in the de Jong Concert Hall in the Harris Fine Arts Center on BYU's campus. via MormonTimes – Young Ambassadors kick off 40th anniversary celebration.

Each year hundreds of BYU students representing the cultures of North and South America and the South Pacific audition for the opportunity to pay tribute to their ancestors. All Living Legends members are of Native American, Latin American, or Polynesian heritage. Authentic choreography, intricate costumes, and heart-pounding music bring to life the beauty of traditional [...]

This is the time, brothers and sisters, to make our voices heard. In the media today, as we would look at it from any vantage point, I think we'd have to say that Lucifer's influence has a far more dominant influence than the Lord's. We are in a war. This war is the same that [...]

“God is inside me, and everyone else that was or ever will be. … Now my eyes are open. Look what God has done.” So sing the Young Ambassadors in a song from the Broadway hit “The Color Purple.” This has been the message of the Young Ambassadors for the past 40 years as they [...]

en, just wait until you see him in person. He will be performing along with Chelsie Hightower, Thayne Jasperson and other television dance stars at Vibe Center for the Performing Arts' "MOVE" show in Provo. via Utah's reality TV dance superstars 'MOVE' this way – Salt Lake Tribune.

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