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Ballroom Dancers Place Well at Terrier Dancesport Tourney


David Tarin--The Tech
Kathleen Mahoney '92 and Martin O. Szummer G danced their way to the top at Boston University's Terrier Dancesport ballroom dance competition.

By Vikas Bhushan
Team Member

Newcomer and beginner level dancers from seven colleges and universities, all of whom have been dancing for only about one year or less, competed Saturday at the new Terrier Dancesport Competition, held at Boston University.

In the newcomer level American style events, Martin Szummer G and Kate Mahoney '92 placed first in the waltz while Eugene Bae G and Propa Ghosh '98 placed third. In the tango, Bae and Ghosh placed second while Szummer and Marleigh Norton '99 took third. Mark Herschberg G and Tammy Yap '99 placed second in the swing.

In the newcomer level international style events, Bae and Ghosh took first in the waltz, Szummer and Mahoney placed second, and Pubudu Wariyapola G and Viktoria Kheifets '00 finished fifth. Meanwhile in the quickstep, Wynn Sanders G and Catherine Sanders G placed first, Bae and Ghosh second, Szummer and Mahoney third, and Wariyapola and Kheifets sixth. Kar'en Pivazyan '98 and Elena Sapozhnikova placed third in the rumba while Yedil Workeneh '98 and Lily Cheng '00 placed seventh.

In the beginner level American style events, Bae and Ghosh placed third in American style waltz/foxtrot and second in the tango. Workeneh and Misha Dewan '99 placed fourth in the tango. Meanwhile, Herschberg and Yap placed third and Workeneh and Norton finished fifth in the swing. In the International style beginner events, Wynn Sanders and Catherine Sanders placed second in the waltz/quickstep event while Bae and Ghosh took fourth place and Szummer and Mahoney took fifth. Bae and Ghosh won the foxtrot/tango event, while Szummer and Mahoney placed fourth, Wariyapola and Kheifets sixth, and Workeneh and Norton seventh. Workeneh and Cheng also placed seventh in the cha cha/rumba and eighth in the samba/jive events.

A number of rookie and veteran events were also held, in which beginning dancers paired up with more experienced dancers on their teams. Both Bae, dancing with Marta Lipinski G, and Herschberg made it to the final round of the American style Tango, while Feng Li '97 and Christine Tsien G placed in the final round of the international style waltz.

At the end of the day, a number of non-competitive fun dance events were held. Michael Posner and Deirdre Pierotti placed first in the Lambada, Mambo, Merengue, and West Coast Swing, second in the hustle, and third in the Polka. Herschberg and Yap, Vikas Bhushan G and Yuying Chen G, and Bae also made it to the final rounds of several fun dance events.

The next major collegiate competition will be hosted by MIT on April 4 and 5 at the DuPont Center. This competition will feature competitors at all levels.