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The Motion Tour Holds Reinvented Dance Competition at the Utah Valley Convention Center
Amidst COVID-19 precautions, The Motion Tour reinvents the way they orchestrate their event in order to provide a safe yet familiar way for dancers to compete.
PROVO, Utah. (June 9, 2020) – The tenth anniversary dance season for The Motion Tour has turned out to be more memorable than expected. After hosting their first 2020 competition in Idaho in February, Co-owners/Directors Madison Jackson and Shaundee Bull had no choice but to cancel their next three competitions due to COVID-19 concerns. But as state mass gathering restrictions lessened, they decided to move forward with a newly-formatted event with heightened safety precautions to give their dancers the opportunity to compete.
The reinvented competition will be held in Provo at the Utah Valley Convention Center on June 11-13, 2020. Approximately 1,500 dancers are expected to perform over the course of the three days. Dancers will be judged in multiple categories including: jazz, ballet, hip-hop, ballroom, and specialty numbers—any kind of mainstream style of dance. Danny Wheeler, General Manager for Spectra Venue Management at the Utah Valley Convention Center is excited to be hosting the event. “This is an unprecedented time in the events industry and we look forward to adapting and presenting a safe yet exciting event with The Motion Tour. We are well-equipped to accomplish this.”
Numerous safety precautions will be in place to keep dancers safe and to also abide by government health restrictions. Guidelines have been sent to participants ahead of time so they know what to expect. These guidelines include:
- One designated convention center entrance and one exit.
- Event credentials sent to participants for entry. The competition is not open to the public.
- Symptom and temperature checks for all participants and spectators. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
- Spectra employees at the Utah Valley Convention Center will be symptom and temperature checked and required to wear face coverings.
- All dance studios will have assigned arrival times and one studio will leave before the next one enters.
- The number of spectators allowed into the venue will be drastically limited.
- Chairs in the competition room and the dressing room will all be set at least six feet apart.
- All areas will be sanitized between groups.
Jackson and Bull feel all of these precautions were important toward the success of their event. “We felt we had to control the number of people coming in. Bringing them in one studio at a time, they do all of their numbers, and then they will exit the building.” But despite all of these precautions, Bull states they “also want the dancers to have a sense of normalcy and a weekend to just go and have fun! These studios and dancers have worked all year for this and we want them to enjoy it. We are giving them high five sticks to give each other high-fives. We want them to return them to something that they’ve worked so long to do in a familiar environment.”
But why go through all of this effort if so many other competitions have simply cancelled? Madison states, “We both grew up in this industry and we both care for and love these dancers. We want to give them this opportunity. It has taken a lot of work to reinvent the way we run a dance competition but it is worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears to see these dancers on stage this year.” Bull adds, “Our tagline for our company is ‘influencing the next generation of artists.’ There’s always a way if you’re willing to learn new things and learn new skills, grow and adapt.” Bull also states it is “definitely the first time we’re running a competition this way. It has had its share of challenges and learning curves and we have had to get creative. But we feel a big responsibility to get it right!” Wheeler adds “We are excited to get guests back into the venue and once again create an environment where we can transform events into safe, memorable experiences.”
NOTE: The Motion Tour competition is closed to the public. The competition will be livestreamed from The Motion Tour’s website (themotiontour.net). Competition hours are Thursday and Friday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM;
Saturday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Solos, duos, and trios will compete Thursday and into the afternoon Friday. Teams will compete Friday evening through Saturday. Media is welcome at any time by appointment and will be
admitted after temperature check and symptom screening.
ABOUT THE MOTION TOUR
The Motion Tour is a regional dance competition with events throughout the Western United States. The company was founded by Madison Jackson and Shaundee Bull on the principle to "influence the next generation
of artists." Over the past 10 years, over 20,000 dancers have crossed the stage at Motion Tour Events. The company's vision is to inspire artists in their communities and build relationships with dancers, directors and
their families in a competitive, creative and uplifting environment.
ABOUT SPECTRA VENUE MANAGEMENT
Spectra’s Venue Management division is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event
booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering and finance and administration.