FLOORED! Plays SCERA, 1/4-12

There is no excuse for the post-holiday doldrums at the SCERA Center for the Arts, because a nationally recognized and award-winning troupe of dancers will offer six evenings of choreographic excellence featuring ballroom, jazz and hip-hop.

The Vibe, an elite group of dancers from Vibe Studios in Lindon, Utah, will burn up the floor Jan. 4, 5, 7, 10, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 South State, Orem. Reserved-seat tickets at $10 for adults and $8 for children (age 3-11), seniors (age 65+), and students (w/ ID). Tickets are available in advance from 10am-6pm weekdays and Saturdays from 12Noon-6pm at the main office of SCERA Center, by calling (801) 225-ARTS, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

This high-energy company from Utah has become accustomed to attention beyond the state. The Vibe has been featured on FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance," Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance" and ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." But Utah audiences can see them up close and personal as the dancers offer a new show of ballroom, jazz and hip hop. Such recognized names as Rick Robinson, Kellie Messerly and Alan Salazar will choreograph.

The dance event will also showcase special guest performers, including four dancers from recent seasons of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" -- Lindsay Arnold, George Lawrence II, Will Thomas and Tadd GadduanG. Arnold, Lawrence and Thomas were each part of the Top 9 on the most recent season of the reality dance competition, and Tadd was a top contender on the fall 2011 season.

Arnold, a Provo native, has been dancing since she was four years old. Her specialty is Latin ballrooM. Lawrence was born in San Diego and raised in Atlanta. At 11 he enrolled at Price Performing Arts Center (PPAC) in College Park, Georgia, where he studied lyrical, tap, jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop and acrobatics. In 2010, George decided to further his technique at Dancemakers of Atlanta, and in the summer of 2010 was accepted at the coveted Juilliard School. He also graduated from the esteemed Dekalb School of the Arts in Atlanta with honors. Thomas, a Michigan native, lives in Studio City, California, and considers contemporary dance as his specialty. Tadd is from Salt Lake City, and began dancing at age 15 as a hobby, but eventually realized his passion for it after graduating from high school. With no formal dance training, he considers what he does "urban dancing." He is currently in his sophomore year of college studying psychology.

Another special guest will be U.D.O., an urban dance group from Salt Lake City that offers multiple dance genres, tied together with hip-hop and the urban dance movements.

"Our annual dance concert is very popular, "says Adam J. Robertson, SCERA's President and CEO. "The level of talent is incredible, and goes to show why Utah's dancers are considered some of the best in the country."

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