To be able to dance is truly a joy. All of us dancers know this. To be able to dance as a lifetime profession is a valued commitment that pays off in immeasurable ways. The Fordney Foundation values this passion and has long recognized these kinds of dreams and believes in honoring those dancers who are devoted to the craft of ballroom dance.
Meet Kacyi K Treu, she has the distinguished honor of being the upcoming year’s Bringham Young University scholarship recipient. If her name sounds familiar, that is because Kacyi Treu, is married to Casey Treu, a past BYU scholarship recipient. We are happy to tell you that both Kayci and Casey will become professional dancers when they graduate. They have made outstanding accomplishments.
In August of this year, Marilyn Fordney, our director, received a letter from Kayci Treu, letting
us know how grateful she was to be a recipient. She considers it a blessing, as she explained, “it is very difficult to balance paying for a college education while working toward the dream of a professional dance career and paying for team expenses.”
Kayci has wanted to be on the BYU Ballroom Tour Team since she was a young girl. Her parents met on the team! Kayci didn’t even start training in ballroom until college. Kayci was a trained ballerina. She studied Vaganova, Contemporary and Russian ballet almost her entire life. When she arrived at BYU, she gave everything to ballroom, making it on the tour team after two years. She also found competitive partners and competed in syllabus events and open Latin and Standard.
That’s when Kayci met Casey Treu, they became partners and later married. They shared the same name and the same passion for dance. I always say a marriage has a great chance for success if the couple share things in common. As a couple, the Treus currently compete ten-dance in the amateur category. Last nationals they placed eighth in Latin and second in ten-dance. This resulted in the couple being chosen to represent the United States at the World’s Competition this December. They were also happy about making the top 96 in Latin, their first time in Blackpool this summer, where they also competed with the team and won in the Latin Formation Division!
The Treus are excited to continue training and working hard to pursue a professional career
after they graduate from BYU. As a couple, they aspire to compete more internationally, teach, perform and share passion with others who feel the way they do about ballroom dance.
The Fordney Foundation congratulates Kayci and her husband Casey, as our past and future recipients of the Fordney Foundation scholarship award. We applaud their achievements and will be watching as they make their way into the professional arena, where they will truly shine!
Thought Of The Week:
Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character – William Arthur Ward