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Ballroom Dance Team Finishes Well At University Regional Competition

Courtesy of MIT Ballroom Dance Team\
Alex Wang G and Linda Kim '97 dance the jive at the University Network Northeast Regional Championship on March 2 at the Wonderland Ballroom in Revere.

By Tom Nugent
team member

The ballroom dance team continued its strong performance this year with numerous top-three individual placings as well as great team results at the sixth annual University Network Northeast Regional Competition. The competition, sponsored by the Massachusetts Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association, was held March 2 and 3 at the Wonderland Ballroom in Revere.

The American rhythm category started off the first day of competition. Feng Li '97 and Geeta Sankappanavar '97 continued their domination of the beginner swing by taking first place. They placed first in beginner cha-cha and third in beginner rumba. Jorge Barrera '99 and Stephanie Hong '98 took third in beginner swing.

The next category was international Latin. Barrera and Hong won the beginner jive. Li and Sankappanavar won beginner rumba and placed second in beginner jive.

Steven Casey G and Suzanne Goh swept the advanced Latin, winning both the cha-cha/rumba and samba/jive events. Jorge Goncalves G and Ling Liau took second place in the same events.

The day ended with the team competitions. MIT fielded four teams for the American style competition and three teams for the international style competition. MIT teams placed both second and third in the American style, and an MIT team placed second in the International style. Both times, the team lost to Harvard University, whose members include current amateur national champions.

The competition continued on Sunday, beginning with the American smooth category. Li and Jennifer Hammock '98 won the beginner waltz and beginner foxtrot. Rich Finlay and Anne Moroney '82 won the advanced waltz/foxtrot and tango. Finlay and Moroney also swept the four-dance open waltz/tango/foxtrot/Viennese waltz event.

Two days of competition ended with the international standard category. Li and Hong won the beginner waltz, while Li and Hammock won the beginner quickstep. Finlay and Moroney won the advanced foxtrot/tango and took second place in the advanced waltz/quickstep. Goncalves and Yumiko Osawa took second in the advanced foxtrot/tango.

The team is looking forward to hosting the next competition of the season at the DuPont Center Gymnasium on Saturday, April 5. This inaugural event is expected to attract over 300 competitors from 15 colleges and universities.