Author: Chaz Bodily

From UVU to “Dancing with The Stars”

If you flip on your television set to ABC on Mondays and Tuesdays to the popular show “Dancing with the Stars,” you will see a familiar face. Witney Carson, graduate of American Fork High School and former UVU student, is a professional dancer on season 18 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” She has been partnered up with Australian superstar Cody Simpson to compete weekly on the show. Carson has loved dancing even from a young age. She started training at the age of three at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio. There, she trained in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, tap...

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Better late than never

Photo by Brooke Morril Utah Valley University (7-20, 4-10) women’s basketball scored 52 points of its 87 points in the second half to add a much needed Western Athletic Conference win over New Mexico State (10-17, 7-7) at the Pan American Center Feb. 27. All five UVU starters finished the game in double figures. Georgia Agnew and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight were the difference makers as they tied for the game-high in points with 18 apiece, while Katie Kuklok chipped in with 16. Sam Loggins helped out with 14 points and nine boards, and Whitney Jenkins added to the double-digit efforts...

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March Madness and the emphasis on conference play

No matter who you are, where you work or what part of the country you’re in, I’m 99 percent sure you fill out a bracket for the big dance, aka the greatest month of the year, March Madness. Is there a better time of the year than March? People argue that December is the best month; others argue July is, but these people, quite frankly, are wrong. The beautiful month of March flies by in what seems like a few hours because of all the important conference tournaments and then the mac daddy of them all – March Madness....

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Furious comeback falls short

Photo by Gabi Campbell A 69-65 defeat was yet another heartbreaker for the Utah Valley women’s basketball team. The loss brought the team’s standing down to 1-9 in Western Athletic Conference play and 4-19 on the season. The Wolverines showed a lot of grit after trailing by 23 points on the road in the first half to the Seattle University Redhawks (12-12, 7-4 WAC) to make it a close game. UVU trailed by that margin with 4:06 left in the first half but trimmed it down to 14 (43-29) before the first-half buzzer rang. The vicious rally got the...

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Vibe-Dancing with the Stars

A group of teens and young adults representing The Vibe Performing Arts Studio in Lindon, Utah is preparing to showcase homegrown Utah dance talent. The students range in age from 15 to 22 years old. Many started dancing soon after learning to walk, and formal instruction for many started in preschool. The Vibe believes its student dancers should be trained in all dance styles such as hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap and ballroom. The well-rounded and balanced training brought the group national attention which resulted in their invitation to perform on national television on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” at 7 p.m. on April 13. The performing team is made up of five couples; the five guys are Brock Bodily, Nick Bloxsom-Carter, Tynan Hamilton, Brandon Armstrong and Trey Jackson. The five girls are Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Brittany Cherry, Kelsey Skousen and Tanisha Belnap.  Some couples have been together for 13 years. “Most of us have danced since the age of two,” Skousen explained in a recent interview. “We’re just excited to get out there and dance.” Their dedication to the sport has resulted in two national Dancesport championships. “The tour team has prepared me a ton by the simple fact that we just got done with our concert, so performing is fresh in my mind,” said Bloxsom-Carter, a member of the UVU ballroom tour team. Hamilton is one of the younger members of the...

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