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Ballroom Dance Team Makes Strong Showing at Rensselaer Competition

By GJ Snyder III

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team competed at the Third Annual Rensselaer Dance Competition at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York on April 10. There were over 30 couples representing 18 colleges and universities. Even with the large number of competitors, MIT made a very strong showing overall.

The first category was the American Rhythm events. In the Bronze events, Boris Berdnikov G and Sofya Raskhodnikova G placed fifth in the cha cha and Mohammed Zaman and Lauren Bradford ’01 placed sixth in the swing. In the Gold events, Pubudu Wariyapola G and Vikky Kheifets ’00 placed eighth in the cha cha/rumba two dance event and seventh in the swing/mambo event. Berdnikov and Raskhodnikov won their second ribbon of the day placing eighth in the international Latin bronze rumba. The pair added three more ribbons to their list in the American smooth division. They placed fifth in the bronze foxtrot, fifth in the bronze tango, and third in the bronze waltz. Also placing in those events was Sam Sopiee dancing with Daniela Jarrad from Cornell. They placed fifth in the bronze waltz and fourth in the bronze tango. Also in the American smooth division, Mark Flerschberg ’95 and Tammy Yap ’99 placed second in the silver waltz. Seth Webster G and Yen-Hong Lim G did well in the silver foxtrot and silver tango, placing fifth fourth in the events respectively. Dancing in the gold foxtrot/Viennese waltz; Wariyapola and Rheifets placed second. Isin Dalkilic ’99 and her partner also did very well in the American smooth division. They placed sixth in the gold waltz/tango two dance and fourth in the gold foxtrot/Viennese waltz two dance.

MIT also had a strong showing in the International Standard events. Berdnikov and Raskhodnikov placed fifth in the bronze tango and second in the bronze quickstep. MIT took three of the six ribbons in the silver waltz/quickstep two dance; Webster and Lim placed sixth, Herschberg and Yap placed fourth, and Wariyapola and Kheifets placed first. Those three couples also did very well in the silver tango/foxtrot event. Webster and Lim placed seventh, Herschberg and Yap placed fifth, and taking first once again was Wariyapola and Kheifets. Dalkilic and her partner placed fifth in the gold tango/foxtrot two dance and Stephen Gildea ’87 and Phyllis Kristal ’87 placed third in that event.

In the fun dances, Wariyapola danced the Inter-Collegiate Waltz with Ellen Gallerie from Carnegie Mellon University. The day ended with a spectacular second place in the team match by Hershberg and Yap, Wariyapola and Kheifets, Dalkilic and her partner, and Stephen Gildea and Kristal.