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Ballroom Dancers Make Strong Showing at Brown

By Vikas Bhushan
Team Member

The ballroom dance team competed recently at the third annual Brown University Ballroom Dance Competition, which was held at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet in Providence. This large event attracted competitors from over a dozen schools. Providence mayor Vincent Cianci was on hand to give some words of support and encouragement, and declared ballroom dancing to be one of the most elegant activities in the history of humankind.

MIT competitors placed very well at all levels. In the newcomer events, Stephanie Shaw G and Yedil Workeneh '98 won the American style rhumba, while Workeneh and Tara Andrews '99 won the American style waltz. Shaw and Seth Webster G placed in the finals of the international style rhumba.

At the beginner level, Vikky Kheifets '00 and Eugene Bae G won the American style rhumba. Bae and Shaw also placed in the finals of the international style waltz and quickstep. Mary Chen G, dancing with her partner Ming Wang, won the international style waltz and also placed in the finals of the American style tango and foxtrot.

In the silver international style division, Tom Nugent G and Yuying Chen G won the tango and quickstep and placed second in the foxtrot. Vikas Bhushan G and Jennifer Hammock '98 also placed in the finals of all of these events.

Michael Posner and his partner from Northeastern University placed in the finals of all of the open level international style events, Latin and standard. Posner also won the mambo event, with Sabrina Almeida '99 and Jorge Barrera '99 right behind them in second place.

Marta Lipinski G and Mike Otero, a scientist at Lincoln Laboratory, swept top honors in all of the open level international style standard events as well as in the American style Viennese waltz. Andreas Gast G and Silvia Hoehn G placed second in the American style Viennese waltz, and third in foxtrot/tango.

The MIT competitors are looking forward to bringing home more ribbons this weekend when they will be competing at the Yale Regional Competition in New Haven, Conn. This will be their last competition until the new year.