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Announcing Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis as our MIT Open Showcouple

We are pleased to announce an exciting showcase featuring the wonderfully talented World Professional Latin Champions Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis! Going to Columbia? No problem! See them in a completely different show; also stay tuned for opportunities for workshops and lessons! Information on ticket sales will be posted shortly.

Visit our comp website for more information.

MITBDT off to a Strong Start at Holy Cross

By Peggy Zhu

Twenty-two MIT couples competed at Holy Cross Crusade Classic on February 16, many making their debut for the spring competitive season. Held by Holy Cross College Ballroom Team, the competition took place in the college campus center, hosting 390 competitors from 33 schools.

The MITBDT rookies, having begun the second half of their rookie year, continued the dominance in Newcomer Standard and Smooth events, claiming two of the top three places in Standard overall and all three in Smooth overall. The rookies that have placed out of Newcomer pulled a remarkable performance in their first Bronze competition. Although competing against couples who have danced in Bronze for a much longer time, they ended up top in nearly all Standard and Smooth finals.

In Syllabus Standard and Smooth, the two Silver couples and two Gold couples from MIT claimed eleven ribbons in eight events. The Open Standard final saw a sweeping victory of MITBDT: out of the seven finalists, all four MIT couples ended in top five, with Ben Moss and Esther Rheinbay winning the event.

The second half of the competition began with Newcomer Rhythm, in which the rookies did a good job. Six couples were placed in three finals, and one couple claiming the third in Rhythm overall. In Bronze Rhythm, one rookie couple placed third in swing and fourth in ChaCha/Rumba.

The Latin dancers drew a strong ending note for the competition. MIT claimed four places in both Newcomer Cha Cha and International Rumba, and three places in Newcomer Jive, including the first and third place in Newcomer Latin Overall. The second place in Bronze overall also went to a rookie couple. The last event of the day saw the thrilling performances from the three Open couples, including MIT couple Mark Chen and Yiqun Bai who placed the first.

With the good results from Holy Cross, MIT dancers are back to their rigorous training, confidently expecting more competitions to come.

“Mamboing at MIT.”

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team was featured in Dance Studio Life in last year’s December issue. The piece highlights our team’s history, dancing, and eccentricities.

Click here for the article.

March Ballroom Social Cancelled

Hi ballroom enthusiasts! Unfortunately, due to space limitations and other conflicting events, the MIT Ballroom Dance Team will not be hosting our March ballroom social. Regardless, we hope to see you at our upcoming social next Saturday (Feb 22).

March Ballroom Social TBD

Hi ballroom enthusiasts!

Due to a competition conflict on March 8, the March ballroom social has been cancelled indefinitely. Hopefully we will be able to work out another date. Until then, happy dancing.

Spring 2014 Social Dates Announced!

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team wishes everyone a happy holiday!

We have posted our Spring 2014 social dates, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please mark your calendars for: 2/22, 3/8, 5/10

Joint November Social with Ballroom Dance Club

Hi all!

We are excited to announce that we will be jointly hosting a second November social on Friday, November 8th with the Ballroom Dance Club.

Event details:
November 8, 8PM-midnight
Morss Hall
Free for MIT students | $6 non-MIT students | $8 MIT affiliate | $10 General Public

Click here for the Ballroom Dance Club website.


Kicking off Competition Season with Harvard Beginners

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team marked the beginning of their competitive season by busing, driving, walking, running, and dancing their way down to Harvard earlier this month to compete at the annual Harvard Beginners competition. Held for the second year in a row at Cambridge Rindge and and Latin School, Harvard Beginners hosted newcomer and syllabus-level dances in all four styles.

The MITBDT rookies – after training for one month – took Harvard by storm, claiming three spots in the finals for American Swing, two in International Rumba, five in International Waltz, and a whooping six in American Foxtrot. Many MIT couples also placed in bronze, silver, and gold events.

As it has in the years before, Harvard Beginners ended on a fun and goofy note, with the Rookie-Vet team match. Our month-old rookies danced with enthusiastic vets, donning a variety of costumes and frolicking across the dance floor.

Much fun was hand, and we can’t wait to come back next year!

Dance Camp Recap: Thursday

Despite the gloomy, chilly weather we were having, Lobby 13 was filled with the bright sounds of our Dance Camp attendees laughing and chattering as they learned some Latin moves from Coach Armin Kappacher.

Armin teaching Dance Camp 2013.

Armin taught two hour-long classes – one Rumba, one Swing – with the precision that he is known for. “I loved Armin!” one attendee commented, “He was so sassy, and the class was so much fun. At one point he said, ‘Silence. To even be a mediocre dancer, you need to have self-discipline.’ It was great.” And so, with his words of wisdom, Armin guided the attendees through their first rumba walks, their first few steps in swing, and their first Latin routine.

As with our first day of Dance Camp, our Latin Night featured performances by our talented yearlings and veteran dancers. In addition to showcasing the Rumba and Swing that the attendees learned, they also sauntered around the room with an energetic Samba.

Unfortunately, as with all things, another fun night and successful day at Dance Camp came to an end. We were sad to see all of you go, but we hope to see you again this Saturday at Walker Gym for our Team Match! You will get to pair up with a veteran team member and dance in a “competition” as hosted by our team. If you don’t want to come for the competition, then come for the pizza and stay for the dancing!

Dance Camp Recap: Tuesday

Over one hundred MIT and Wellesley students and affiliates joined us for a magical night of ballroom dancing at Morss Hall.

Larinda McRaven introduced some basic steps from American Foxtrot, and Mark Sheldon taught an hour-long class on International Waltz. Within minutes, everyone was dancing to music, jiving with Sinatra and swirling around the room to Mark’s “one-two-three” counts.

Okay, to be honest, that was kind of an exaggeration. However, our first-time dancers were able to navigate throughout the floor with some grace – a great achievement for only one hour of instruction.

The two lessons were interspaced with three performances by our yearling and veteran team members. Their dancing was met with loud cheers and applause from the inspired onlookers. “It was actually kind of a frightening experience,” yearling Ross Finman commented. “But it was great to see how far I’ve come in the last year.”

Dance Camp 2013

We hope to see you at our next Dance Camp event this Thursday at Lobby 13 for some sassy Rumba and Swing lessons with Armin Kappacher, our inspirational Latin coach!