A BYU ballroom dance member effortlessly whirls his dance partner across the floor at the championship ballroom dance competition in the Marriott Center. He finishes the dance with one last turn, releasing his partner’s hand and taking a final bow to the crowd.

Casey Treu, an Orem native who began dancing at 7, admits ballroom dancing has never come easily to him because dancing is more mental than physical. Learning new ballroom dancing steps is challenging because he has dyslexia.

“I was able to win a couple of national titles in ballroom,” Treu said. “Dancing hasn’t necessarily come easy to me; I’ve still had to work hard at it. Being dyslexic, I process information slower and different — but I can.”

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