News Archive

MITBDT in MITnews

Check out the article about our team of dancing engineers on the MITnews website!


Success at Harvard Crimson Challenge

Twenty-six MITBDT rookies participated in the Harvard Crimson Syllabus Challenge last weekend, their first ever ballroom competition after several weeks of intense dance training and preparation. Held at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, the well-organized competition featured Newcomer as well as syllabus events for all four competitive dance styles.
Countless hours of hard work paid off for our rookies, with MITBDT couples claiming four out of eight spots in the International Rumba and Waltz events, five out of seven in American Swing and the top six out of seven finalists in the American Foxtrot. MITBDT also featured a number of finalists in Bronze, Silver, Gold and the Master of Syllabus events across all styles.

In the traditional team match where each rookie is paired up with a veteran team member to dance either Swing, Foxtrot, Hustle, Salsa or Polka, MITBDT took the top four places in the final. A strong performance by all dancers, and successful season start for MITBDT!


Team match winners pose proudly with their ribbons.


MITBDT members at the Crimson Syllabus Challenge 2012.
Photos by Ron Hoffmann


Dance Concert In The News

Read about the 2012 Dance Concert in MIT’s student newspaper, The Tech!


MITBDT at Nationals

By Noelle Sun

Seven MIT couples attended USA Dance Nationals on March 30 and April 1 in Baltimore, MD.

Friday morning the team was headed off to a great start with Hila Hashemi and Tiago Souza placing 2nd in Bronze Latin and 1st in Silver Latin. Way to go Hila and Tiago!

The Smooth contingency of the team also pulled a great performance, showing the nation that MITBDT is rapidly becoming much stronger in this style. Theresa Vallese and Matt Sorrentino placed 5th in Gold Smooth and were top of the Novice semi-final; Herman Versteeg and Alice Wang placed 1st in Gold and 5th in Novice Smooth.
Representing the finest of our team’s open Smooth, Lihua Bai and Jeff McCollum finished at the top of the Pre-champ Smooth semi-final.

Four couples competed in the standard events. Doubling up in two styles, Theresa Vallese and Matt Sorrentino made quarterfinals in Novice Standard. Xiaojuan Khoo and Alex Arazawa ended their season together on a high note, placing 5th in Novice Standard and making quarterfinals in Pre-champ Standard. Mandi Davis and Ryan Taliaferro placed near the top of the Pre-champ quarterfinal, and Ben Moss and Noelle Sun danced in the quarterfinals of Championship Standard.


MIT Open in the News

The 2012 MIT Open Ballroom Dance Competition, held last weekend March 17&18, is in the local news! Check out the picture in MIT’s student newspaper, The Tech and the Boston Globe!
For more information about the competition visit the competition website.


MITBDT performs at AHP fundraiser


MITBDT performs at AHP fundraiser

Join MITBDT on February 11 as team members participate in a local fundraiser to benefit the Winchester non-profit Autism Housing Pathways. Six team members have been practicing with local celebrities for a “Dancing with the Celebrities” competition to be hosted that night. Team members will also perform a showcase of both formation and individual numbers, and lead a group cha cha lesson.

When: February 11, 7-9 pm (snow date is March 3rd).
Where: St. Mary’s Church Parish Hall in Winchester
How much: $75 for adults; $35 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online, at Bookends in Winchester, or at the door.

Find out more about this event at www.autismhousingpathways.net or call 617-893-8217.


2012 MIT Open

Hey dancers!

Come strut your stuff at the 2012 MIT Open , and you could wind up with more than a blue ribbon and a warm fuzzy feeling. Top couples in Open Standard, Open Latin, Open Smooth and Open Rhythm will receive cash prize. Check out our Prizes page for details. There will be some hot competition at the 2012 MIT Open!

We look forward to welcoming you to our competition!

Date: March 17-18, 2012

Location: Rockwell Cage


Dance concert tickets

Buy tickets online here!

MIT Students: $5 ONLINE!/ $10 at the door
MIT Affiliates: $7 ONLINE!/ $12 at the door
Non-MIT Students: $7 ONLINE!/ $12 at the door
General Public: $10 ONLINE!/ $15 at the door

Online ticket sales will close on Saturday, September 24, at midnight.
Students must show student ID’s.
No ticket returns.

Also visit the main page for the dance concert!


MIT Open 2012 announced!

The 2012 MIT Open Ballroom Dance Competition will be held on March 17-18 2012. Mark your calendars and check out the competition website for updates!


MITBDT Team Banquet

MIT BDT members gathered together last Friday evening for our end of year celebration, affectionately called the “Team Banquet”. There was a great turn out, and many awards were given out to our coaches and volunteers who have helped make our team successful in the past year. As part of team banquet tradition, we gave away many funny superlatives awards and voted on witty photo captions. Touching good-bye speeches were delivered for team members who were graduating and/or leaving Boston area to move on to the next chapter of their lives. This year we also started a new tradition: the potluck contest. Team members brought home-cooked food and we voted on our favorite dishes. Not only can we dance but boy, some of our team members are great chefs too! The banquet ended with social dancing and some silly fun dances. Overall, an unforgettable and charming evening.

Photo credit: Xiumin Zeng