Casey Treu began dancing at the age of 7. Ironically, he refused to dance in his earlier years, but at one event his sister’s partner fell sick and he was asked to step in last minute. He was hooked from that first moment. Casey trained in every style of ballroom dance: International Latin, International Standard, American Smooth, and American Rhythm. His family couldn’t afford to get a lot of coaching or travel to lots of competitions and camps, so Casey studied and restudied every video he could find and spent hours and hours practicing in the studio.
Years of dreams and hard work paid off when he won the U.S. National Youth Latin title in 2009 with his partner Jenna Johnson. That same year they also placed in the National final for Youth Standard and won the National 10-Dance Championship title. For Casey this was a dream come true. In a field typically dominated by dancers from the coasts or immigrants from other countries, Casey and Jenna were the third-ever couple from Utah to win the Youth Latin title, and only the second to win that and the 10-Dance title in the same year, feats that have not yet been replicated.
The following season, Casey formed a new partnership with Rachel Pope. That year he again won the National Youth Latin Championship, becoming the first dancer to win two consecutive years with two different partners and the only dancer from Utah to do so. The following season they placed 3rd in the Under 21 Latin Championship and 7th in Adult Amateur Latin. Casey and Rachel worked hard, often rehearsing at 6am before school, then again after school.
After their senior year of high school, Casey and Rachel were invited to be soloists on a tour to China, a trip documented on the TV special “Bridge to China.” Performing in China was a career highlight for these youth dancers and they were privileged to share six solo pieces of their own creation to thousands. The sites, food, and amazing people made the trip an unforgettable experience.
“Burdens Born” is the final show dance Casey created with Rachel Pope before leaving on his mission. He created this piece to represent the feelings in his heart as he faced leaving dance behind for two years to serve a mission, then returning home to an unknown future.
Casey loves creating show dances and began choreographing early in his youth career. It is a very uncommon thing for youth dancers to take so much self initiative, but Casey always believed in creating opportunities and developing himself as an artist.