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MIT Dances Well at Yale Competition

By Vikas Bhushan
Team Member

The ballroom dance team competed at the sixth-annual Yale Regional Ballroom Dance Competition last Dec. 6. Many teams from universities in the eastern part of the country participated and the competition was stiff. However, MIT dancers made an impressive showing.

At the newcomer level, Isin Dalkilic '99 and Sumesh Kumar placed fifth in the International style chacha/jive event. Pubudu Wariapola G and Vikky Kheifets '00 placed fifth in the International style waltz/quickstep and third in both the American style waltz/tango and chacha/swing events.

Jennifer Hammock '98 and Stephen Gildea '87 placed third in the silver level International style foxtrot/tango event and made the final rounds in the gold level International style waltz/quickstep events. Feng Li '97 and Rong Zhong placed second in both the silver and gold levels of the American style waltz/tango/foxtrot three-dance event.

They also placed fourth in the silver level International style waltz/quickstep and foxtrot/tango events. Li and Wendy Luo G made the final rounds of the gold level International style samba/jive event.

Marta Lipinski G and Michael Posner took second in the open level American style waltz/tango/foxtrot three-dance event and won the viennese waltz. Posner and Hammock placed third in the gold level smooth events. Posner and Deirdre Pierotti took fourth in the open level rhythm events, while Posner and Geeta Sankappanavar '98 took fourth in the gold level rhythm events.

Posner also made final rounds in all of the gold level Latin events as well as the gold level International style foxtrot/tango event, dancing with Ling Liau from Northeastern University.

Lipinski and Michael Otero made the final rounds in all of the gold and open level standard events. Andreas Gast G and Karen Moksnes also made the final rounds of all the gold level standard events, as well as the open level International style viennese waltz.

The team's next competition will be hosted by Harvard University at the end of January.