It has become obvious to anyone who has been even casually observing the Mormon church that they are fully committed to going wherever the popular winds drive them in order to keep their public image appealing.
You have to realize to keep the church going they have to keep to groups happy. The TBM's inside the church and the general public. The church has to walk a tightrope. Basically the church cautiously changes just enough to avoid too much public criticism while trying to keep it's membership from calling the leadership heratics.
"To host the coveted showcase, which it has every year since at least 1997, BYU was required to lift its ban keeping same-sex couples from competing this spring. For the private school, that was a major concession. The change goes against its strict Honor Code forbidding gay relationships, as well as “all forms of physical intimacy that give expression to homosexual feelings.” Even in its own classes, BYU — one of the most renowned schools in the country for ballroom dance — doesn’t allow two men to dance together for practice."
Wait. If this is such a highly coveted event, why has BYU hosted it for 24 years in a row? Somebody is kidding themselves.
IMHO, ballroom dance has become a ridiculous caricature that should have been allowed to die a dignified death around 1962. The amount of cultural overlap these days between a drag revue and a ballroom dance competition is almost comical. Ballroom is Eagle Forum approved heterosexual drag.
I'm guessing that you haven't seen recent competitions. Many different kinds of music are used nowadays. And "ballroom" is a broad category that often includes the Latin side as well. Utah happens to be a center for ballroom and Latin dance.
Again, I'm going to disagree. Julianne Hough has made a terrific career from her beginnings in ballroom/Latin. Her brother Derek has a well. There are also plenty of others who have cashed in. Utah is a center (mainly due to the famed Center Stage,) but so are other places such as eastern Europe and Great Britain.
As for sexism, I don't get it. Ballroom is just a dance style. It's no different than ballet, or jazz, or contemporary, or any number of different dance styles. The best ballroom dancers are quite versatile and can do almost anything. Derek, for instance, is considered to be a gifted choreographer. He has worked on London's West End.