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.
You may recall when Kayci K. Treu, received the distinguished honor of being Brigham Young University’s 2016 scholarship recipient. If her name sounds familiar, that is because Kayci Treu, is married to Casey Treu, a past BYU scholarship recipient. And Casey won the scholarship in 2014. We are happy to tell you that both Kayci and Casey have magnificent careers and have won world championships and a host of other awards, too numerous to mention here. They both have made outstanding accomplishments in the field of ballroom dance.
The Fordney Foundation would like to share the letter that Marilyn Fordney received after the Treus saw Marilyn at the Ohio Star Ball in 2017. We wanted you to see, first hand, what it looks like and feels like to eat, breathe and wear dancing day and night in your soul. People who are dedicated to the art of professional ballroom dancesport never stop or give in to the hardships of the journey. They just keep finding new ways to conquer! We realize that this letter was written awhile back, but the message is loud and clear. I know that you will not only relate to it but appreciate the journey that these two extraordinary dancers have been on for the love of dance!
Dear Marilyn Fordney,
It was such a pleasure to see you at the Ohio Star Ball! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit! It meant the world to us to see you and catch up a bit! Thank you for all you do for the community. You are such a great and beautiful blessing in all of our lives. Your contributions have changed all of our lives. For my wife and I, our lives have especially changed because of your love and kindness. We have been recipients of your donations a few times at BYU. You helped us graduate and pursue our dreams with a dancing career! Thank you for helping us and students at BYU. Kayci graduated last April and I am about to finish my schooling this December! We are excited to move onto the next chapter of our lives. Thank you so very much. We love you Marilyn Fordney! 😀
We have started to chase our dream, which is to pursue a real career in ballroom dance. We’ve started to jump into the competitive scene more and more as my schooling has been coming to a close. It was so special to represent the U.S. in the 10 Dance category at the World Championships in Paris while in school! We hope to get that title again this upcoming March with the combination of both the Latin & Standard categories.
But we more especially hope to make the U.S. National Amateur Latin Final this year at BYU. We have been so close to making this final. We placed 8th in the semi-final and that is the closest we have come to making the 6-7 couple final. It has been a dream of mine to make this final since I was 14 years old. And Kayci and I have been working hard to make it a reality for this next year.
We want to create the best competitive look we possibly can in order to make this final and make this dream a reality. We understand making the final might not happen, but we are fighting for it. I’ve been working for it since 2011 and now is our chance to really make it happen. As you know our careers depend upon our success at competitions. And this competition is the most important one for us in our dancing careers right now. We hope to make our coaches, friends and families proud by making this final.
Thank you again for all that you have done for all of us.
We love you!–
Casey & Kayci Treu
I believe you can see for yourself, the challenges that arise on the journey to becoming a pro and how valuable it is to be a scholarship recipient and be associated with a foundation like the Fordney Foundation.
We also would like to acknowledge and thank the mother of Casey, Cheryll. She has always been there and assisted Marilyn Fordney and the Fordney Foundation and we have always valued her support!
**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.
Thought Of The Week:
When the heart is right, the mind and the body will follow – Loretta Scott King