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Ballroom Dancers Do Well At Harvard

By Gábor Csányi
team member

The Ballroom Dance Team opened its second semester with an early competition at Harvard University on Feb. 3.

It was a tougher competition than the earlier ones, since above the Newcomer category, the beginners were not separated from the advanced dancers. The rounds were instead divided according to syllabus: Bronze, and Silver/Gold.

The advanced dancers were strengthened by the presence of Mark Sheldon and Juliet McMains, who were the only MIT dancers to compete at Open level; they finished second.

This was also the first contest this year that did not run late, courtesy of the organizers and the excellent emcee-ing. But rumor had it the show ended on time just because the hall (Veterans of Foreign Wars building) was booked for another event that evening.

In the team match, the first MIT team placed fifth in both American and International styles.

Alex Wang G and Linda Kim '97 were first in Newcomer International Cha-Cha and Quickstep, second in Waltz, and third in Jive. Gábor Csányi G and Marta Lipinski placed second in Newcomer American Waltz. Jorge Goncalves G and Rachel Dowell '96 placed third in Bronze American Swing, and Goncalves with Wendy Luo G placed second in Bronze American Tango, and third in Foxtrot and Silver/Gold Tango.

Vikas Bhushan G with Janice Cheung took third place in Bronze American Waltz and Tango. Lajos Molnár '97 and Yuying Chen placed first in Bronze International Jive, second in Rumba, and third in Cha-Cha. Raymond Kam and Stephanie Kong were first in Bronze American Waltz, Foxtrot and Tango, second in Silver/Gold Foxtrot and Tango, and third in Waltz.