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Carole Mikita ReportingA long-standing International Ballroom Dance Competition was recently held in England and a Utah troupe took top honors.
The team from Utah Valley State College took first place in one competition, second in another. This all happened at the most famous venue for ballroom dancing in the world.
Everyone in the world of ballroom dancing knows the Open British Championships in Blackpool, England, the biggest competition in the world. There, as in the amateur dance formation, students from UVSC. They saw the challenge and met it.
"To see how good we could be and to prove to ourselves that we are the best. It's just even neater when those dreams become a reality."
In their Latin Medley performance they took second place. But it was their British/U.S. Standard performance that put the team in first place.
"We put in hours of hours of work and we spent so much time together that it seems to just pay off. Everything fell into place and everything just worked well, we didn't have any real mess-ups and the judges agreed with us."
UVSC's ballroom dance program was created in June of 1991. The team is ranked second in the United States, and just won its fourth championship in Blackpool.