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Fall Semester Classes Starting!

The MITBDT was excited to see such a large and enthusiastic turnout for Dance Camp last week. We hope you’re ready to join our classes, which start today, 9/11! If you missed dance camp, no worries, we start off with the basics so you feel confident on your feet.

Classes are open to MIT and Wellesley students and affiliates. No partner or dance experience is required.

 

Rookie Class Schedule

Here is an overview of our weekly class schedule for new dancers. Please contact our rookie coordinator (mitbdt-rookie-coordinator@mit.edu) to get updates on the class locations. Also contact our rookie coordinator if you have previous dance experience, to determine which level of classes is best for you!

Monday
* 7:00pm Standard with Ben & Esther
* 8:15pm Latin with Fil & Esther

Wednesday
* 7:30pm Standard with Charlotte
* 8:30pm Latin with Armin

Friday
* 7:30pm Standard with Fil
* 8:45pm Latin with Fil

Sunday
* 7:00pm Latin with Armin

Attending practice twice a week is the minimum to keep up with the new material. Three times per week is strongly recommended to solidify your technique. Talk to a current team member about how to make the schedule work for you!


MITBDT at MIT/Empire Collegiate Competition

Congratulations to Andrew Tu/Ava LaRocca (’19) for their 3rd place finish in the Collegiate Silver/Gold Standard 4-dance event at the MIT/Empire Collegiate Competition on August 4th, 2017. Congratulations also to Lindy Blackburn (PhD ’10)/Chi-Chi Gao, and Andrew and Ava, for competing in the Collegiate Silver/Gold Latin 4-dance event.

A shout out to Evan Sadler and Alisa Zosin for competing in the Open Amateur International Latin Scholarship event.


Fun Stats from the 2017 MIT Open!

Here are some factoids about the 2017 MIT Open that you may find interesting:

  • 829 competitors attended the competition this year! (It’s hard to get an exact headcount, but this is our best guess).
  • 44 schools and studios sent two or more couples.
  • The largest out-of-state presence was Binghamton University, with over 40 dancers in attendance!
  • Our furthest-traveling competitors came from Denmark! Other noteworthy locations represented are the UK, Quebec, Ontario, Florida, and Texas.
  • There were 3,403 total entries in our 64 events.
  • Our largest event was the Beginner American Chacha, with 115 registered couples!
  • Our judges filled out 10,574 score sheets throughout the weekend. We offer our sincere appreciation to our scrutineers, Amanda Ashcraft and Chris Sayotovich, for so efficiently handling such a barrage of scores.

Our thanks to all competitors for joining us this year! Your enthusiasm is a large part of what makes the MIT Open competition a success. Train hard, and see you next year!


2017 MIT Open Results

Despite working long hours throughout the competition weekend, MITBDT had excellent results at the 2017 MIT Open competition.

Congratulations to our 10 rookies who completed a grueling 19-dance this year: Anna Soong, Electra Carzis, Jad Elmourad (’20), Jesse Kirkpatrick (G), Kyra Frye, Lauren Yates (G), Mariela Dyer, Marina Hostrop, Roman Stolyarov (G), and Sarah Chu.

Here is a complete list of team finalists. For full results, check out the o2cm website!

 

Standard

PRECHAMP

WTFQ 2nd – Dilip Thekkoodan (MS ’14) & Pamela Ziering
3rd – Jeffrey McCollum & Peiying Zhu
V 1st – Dilip Thekkoodan & Pamela Ziering
5th – Corey Cleveland & Clio Flikkema
Overall 1st – Dilip Thekkoodan & Pamela Ziering

NOVICE

WFQ 2nd – Corey Cleveland (’17) & Clio Flikkema

ADVANCED

WQ 7th – Alexander Creely (G) & Rachael Schwartz
TF 6th – Vitaly Abdrashitov (G) & Amanda Hutter
Vw 2nd – Vitaly Abdrashitov & Amanda Hutter

BEGINNER

W 4th – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
5th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis
6th – Lauren Yates & Kyra Frye
T 5th – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
Vw 4th – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
5th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis
F 5th – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
7th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis
8th – Lauren Yates & Kyra Frye
Q 4th – Lauren Yates & Kyra Frye
6th – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
7th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis

 

Latin

CHAMP

Overall 4th – Giorgio Gaglia & Anna Gavrilman

PRECHAMP

CSRJ 2nd – Matthew Cavuto (’17) & Juliana Neves
P 1st – Matthew Cavuto & Juliana Neves

NOVICE

CSR 4th – Michael Moebius & Sarah Wong

INTERMEDIATE

CR 5th – Dilip Thekkoodan & Pamela Ziering
8th – Andrew Tu & Ava LaRocca (’19)
SJ 6th – Andrew Tu & Ava LaRocca

BEGINNER

C 2nd – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
3rd – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
S 3rd – Anna Soong & Amanda Code
4th – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
6th – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
7th – Lauren Yates & Kyra Frye
R 3rd – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
4th – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
6th – Anna Soong & Amanda Code
P 3rd – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
4th – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
6th – Anna Soong & Amanda Code
J 2nd – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
3rd – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
4th – Anna Soong & Amanda Code

Smooth

INTERMEDIATE

Vw 4th – Andrew Tu & Ava LaRocca

BEGINNER

W 2nd – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
5th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis
T 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
6th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis
F 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
5th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis
Vw 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Marina Hostrop
6th – Christopher Carrera & Anna Soong
7th – Roman Stolyarov & Electra Carzis

 

Rhythm

BEGINNER

C 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
6th – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
7th – Jad Elmourad & Beste Kaygisiz
R 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
6th – Jad Elmourad & Beste Kaygisiz
Sw 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
5th – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
6th – Jad Elmourad & Beste Kaygisiz
B 1st – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
5th – Jad Elmourad & Beste Kaygisiz
6th – Roman Stolyarov & Marina Hostrop
M 2nd – Jesse Kirkpatrick & Electra Carzis
6th – Mariela Dyer & Sarah Chu