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Looking for love from Beyond Ballroom Dance Company

Beyond Ballroom Dance Company arrived in 2004 — just before the reality TV craze took hold with programs like “Dancing with the Stars.”
The local group, founded by championship dancers who wanted to establish ballroom dance as an art form on the co

Beyond Ballroom Dance Company arrived in 2004 — just before the reality TV craze took hold with programs like “Dancing with the Stars.”

The local group, founded by championship dancers who wanted to establish ballroom dance as an art form on the concert stage, hit the ground running. BBDC’s “Interplay: Dinner for Seven” was a witty, sexy, at times over-the-top foray into theatrical dance.

But it hasn’t been quite the same since. Last year’s show, in fact, set the mind reeling with such bizarre anachronisms as a twirling, swirling piece in gowns set to the 1970s anti-war anthem, “War, What is it Good For.” Yikes.

Will this weekend’s new show, “The Book of Love,” recapture some of the group’s whimsy and narrative cleverness? Will it display its early panache for pushing ballroom out of the blinding, high-sequins competitive zone and into something capable of plucking the heartstrings? Will it wallow in cheap sentiment and nostalgia, or deploy the diverse styles of couples dancing and the depths of passion that can convey something real and remarkable about dance and love?

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“The Book of Love,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6-15; Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis; ($29; pay-as-able at 2 p.m. Feb. 8) 612-340-1725.