Dancers Dominate Yale Competition
Team Brings Home 11 Blue Ribbons in 30 Events, Continuing Strong SeasonBy Eric D. Nielsen
MIT continued its strong season Yale’s Eighth Annual Regional Ballroom Dance Competition taking 11 first places out of the 30 events. The 62 competitors journeyed to Meriden, Connecticut for an event which drew roughly 270 couples from 17 colleges.
The day’s events started with the Newcomer Smooth events. Pavel Langer ’00 and Angela J. Yu ’00 won the American Tango event while Eric D. Nielsen G and Sofya Pogreb G took second in the American Foxtrot. Tony Maesto G and Michelle Goldhaber placed first in the Bronze American Tango/Foxtrot two-dance. In the Silver American Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot three-dance, MIT took three of the top six places, led by Boris Berdnikov G and Sofya Raskhodnikova G in first. Second place went to Tuan Phan ’02 and Lauren Bradford ’02.
Yedil Workeneh ’98 and Jennifer Hammock G placed second in the Open American Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz four-dance.
The next section of events were the Rhythm events. In the Newcomer American ChaCha, Langer and Yu tied for first place with a couple from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Carlos Lopez ’03 and Genevieve Cuevas ’02 also took fourth in the Newcomer American Swing.
Phan and Maria Minkoff G won the Bronze American ChaCha, Rumba, Swing three-dance. Mark Herschberg ’95 and Kathleen Mahoney placed second in the Silver American ChaCha, Rumba, Swing. Workeneh and Mary Yang G captured the first place ribbon in Gold American ChaCha, Rumba, Swing. They were followed by Yanfeng Lin G and Hammock in second place.
Team does well in individual events
Resuming the individual events was the Newcomer International Waltz. In the Silver International Waltz/Quickstep Berdnikov and Raskhodnikova took first and were joined by Shamsul Sopiee and Mahoney in third and Phan and Bradford in fourth. Berdnikov and Raskhodnikova also won the Silver International Tango/Foxtrot two-dance, followed by Herschberg and Atkinson in second. Arthur Lue (Columbia) and Stephanie Shaw G took first in Gold International Waltz/Quickstep. Workeneh and Y. Lin took second with Igor Pavlovsky G and Yang in third.
In the final set of regular events Lopez and Cuevas placed first in Newcomer International Rumba. Langer and Yu placed third and Knobel and Tilke Judd ’03 placed fifth. Ben Sun G and Sherry Jenq ‘02 placed second in Bronze International Rumba/ChaCha.
In the final event of the event, a mystery event the couples had to dance to whatever music was playing at the time, which changed about every 30 seconds. Herschberg and Atkinson tied for fourth with a couple from Harvard University.
The team’s next competition is to be determined and is likely to be sometime in February. In the interim, several team members will by attending the International DanceSport Festival in Daytona Beach, Fla. for a week of workshops and competitions.