“It’s fun!” That’s what Craig Call, a graduate of Tucson’s Catalina Foothills High School (2007) says about his newest passion, folk dancing. He loves to perform, and when he is on stage with the BYU Folk Dancers in Tucson, Thursday, March 6th, he hopes the audience will leave with the same feeling.
“When I was in high school I remember seeing them perform [in Tucson] the Hopak Ukranian dance with its jump kicks, a very lively piece. I remember thinking I wish I could do that. Now, I am doing it and it is really a lot of fun. It is such a great energetic dance.”
But there’s more to it than just fun and dancing. Call, a senior in Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, explains, “Every culture has its own legacy. We are all a child of God… a part of the same worldwide family.”
When the large dance troupe performs at Santa Rita High School, he will be joined by another Tucsonan, Jacob Madsen, a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School. The two are on Spring Break tour of Arizona, but are preparing for their tour of Europe. Call says, “We’ll also be touring in the Summer. We will be touring through France, Belgium and Switzerland where we will be representing the United States performing at the United Nations in Geneva in July.”
The International Folk Dance Ensemble of Brigham Young University, a school owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presents Journey, a 90-minute voyage of dance and music through the heartbeat of the world’s cultures. In this show you will see Irish hard shoe, Ukrainian Hopak, exotic Indian dances, and many more. The experience of furious footwork, the pulsing rhythms, the live music, and the authentic costumes will leave you with a special kind of wanderlust.
The dance ensemble is accompanied by the highly versatile and highly acclaimed acoustic band Mountain Strings, which includes two time national twin fiddling champions. The musicians demonstrate such extraordinary talent that their performance could be – and, in some venues, often is – a show unto itself.
“It was a wonderful experience to witness not only beautiful dance and colorful costumes but a performance which outclasses any that I have ever seen,” said Michael Webb of Melbourne, Australia.
Treat yourself to a journey of splendor and excitement through countries around the world at Santa Rita High School, 3951 S. Pantano Road, in Tucson, on Thursday, March 6th at 7:00 pm (door open at 6:30 pm). Tickets can be purchased by visiting folkdancetickets.byu.edu. Proceeds support local students who attend one of the BYU campuses.
The International Folk Dance Ensemble offers one of the broadest spectrums of folk dance performed by a single group of its kind. Its extensive repertoire includes music and dance from North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The group has gained international acclaim through their performances in more than 100 countries, sharing the stage with many of the world’s premiere dance companies.
To see a video of the BYU Folk Dancers in action, click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHPyok-fUsg