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MITBDT at Harvard Beginners

MITBDT started off the competition season strong at Harvard Beginners a couple weekends ago. MIT’s The Tech featured an article highlighting the team’s wins.

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MIT Ballroom Dance Team started off the ballroom competitive season at the Harvard Beginners Competition this past weekend, taking at least half of all placements in the finals in all events in which we competed.

The team’s newly minted rookies, only having trained for one month, swept in all the newcomer events. Josh Sherrer (’18) and Carolyn Rogan (Wellesley ’18) won first in newcomer swing and rumba and placed in both foxtrot and waltz finals; Alex Padron (’18) and Amber Guo (’18) won first in newcomer foxtrot and waltz and placed in both swing and rumba finals. Matthew Cavuto (’17) and Rachel Schwartz (Wellesley ’18) also placed in three of four newcomer finals.

The yearlings – members who have trained for one year – also placed in all their events. Dan Chen (’17) and Hao Zhang (G) placed in all bronze events with their respective partners. Chen and Brittany Bautista (’17) placed second in bronze latin, while he and Casey Crownhart (’17) placed first in both bronze standard and smooth. Zhang and Peggy Zhu (Wellesley ’17) placed third in bronze latin, while he and Vira Semenova (G) placed fifth in bronze standard. Corey Cleveland (’17) and Clio Flikkema (Wellesley ’17) placed across all silver events.

Although the competition focuses on beginner competitors, some veterans danced as well. Jorge Valdez (G) and Laura Perovich (G) placed in both silver rhythm and latin trips. Vitaly Abdrashitov (G) placed in both silver latin, with Arlene Hijara, and silver standard, with Amy Ishiguro (’16).

At the end of the long competition, the teams participated in a rookie-vet team match. Dressed up ridiculous costumes, a rookie teamed up with a veteran dancer and performed a quick foxtrot, hustle, polka, salsa, or swing. MIT and Northeastern tied for first.

Announcing Ballroom Workshops with Bill Davies!

MITBDT is excited to bring Bill Davies to campus for two workshops this semester.

Workshop I: Judges’ Perspective
October 25, 2014
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Location TBD

Workshop II: Artistic Mentality
November 15, 2014
Time TBD
Lobby 13

Ticket Pricing
1 Workshop
Students: $7
General: $10

2 Workshops
Students: $12
General: $17

Ballroom Celebrates 40 Years at MIT

This past August, the MIT Ballroom Dance Club celebrated its 40th anniversary, marking 40 years at MIT.

Check out this Slice of MIT article about the prestigious ballroom tradition we have had:

Flash Mob in Lobby 7

Check out video of an MITBDT flash mob in MIT’s Lobby 7 campus entryway:

And a Viennese Waltz down the Infinite Corridor:

Announcing MIT Open 2015!

Hello Dancers!

Get out your calendars! The MIT Ballroom Dance Team is thrilled to announce the 2015 MIT OPEN will be taking place on the weekend of April 25-26th, 2014 in Rockwell Cage on MIT Campus.

Please stay tuned for more updates in the months to come.

Announcing MITBDT’s Fall Socials!

Hello ballroom enthusiasts!

MITBDT hopes that all of you enjoyed our second annual ballroom social last night. Photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook page.

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

Please mark your calendars for: 10/11, 11/1, and 12/6.

MIT Open 2014 Photos are LIVE

Photos from this year’s MIT Open (April 26/27) are up in our gallery. Check them out here.

Photos from the 2014 MIT Open taken by Kojo Acquah. These images are free to use for personal, non-commercial purposes only. Write Kojo via for any other uses.

MITBDT on the MIT front page!

MITBDT is featured on the MIT front page this weekend. Check it out!

Many thanks to the MIT News office for this opportunity as well as Kojo Acquah, our photographer at MIT Open, for the photo!

Ben Moss and Esther Rheinbay at MIT Open 2014

MITNews Video: Ballroom Dancing at MIT

Check out this MITNews video about ballroom dancing at MIT, featuring the MIT Ballroom Dance Team and the MIT Ballroom Dance Club.

MITBDT Poses for the Camera

Highlights from a professional photo shoot have been posted on our facebook page! Check them out here.