Ballroom Dance Team Wraps Up Four Consecutive Winning MeetsBy Miriam Sorell
The MIT Ballroom Dancing Team is getting a short rest after the Nov. 10 Brown Ballroom Dance Competition in Warwick, RI., which culminated four straight weekends of competition.
With four styles of competitive Ballroom in the United States (Rhythm, Latin, Smooth, and Standard) and five levels in each style (Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Open), there were many opportunities for MIT dancers of all backgrounds to wow the crowds and bring home honors. Of these twenty total categories, MIT couples received awards in 15, often with more than one MIT couple placing in each category.
In Gold level Rhythm, Eric Nielsen G and Margaret Wong ’02 placed sixth in both Rumba and Swing and fifth in Cha-Cha. Mark Herschberg ’95 and Jessica Ahlers placed fourth over all in the Open level, the highest of the five levels.
The best event of the day for MIT was Standard, where Igor F. Pavlovsky G and Yanfeng Lim G took first place in Open. Chris Douglass G and Katya Dolginova also competed in Open, placing fourth. MIT Newcomers dominated the Standard Waltz, taking three of the six awards. David A. Ovadia ’06 and Catia S. Verbeke ’06 came in fourth, Wei An G and Susanne Wagner came in third, and Ty Harris and Nadezhda Belova ’05 took first place.
Newcomers did well again in Smooth, with An and Wagner taking fourth in Waltz and third in both Tango and Foxtrot. Harris and Belova continued their winning streak with first place in all three dances. In Open, Herschberg and Ahlers took fourth place.
Latin was the last competition of the day. In Newcomer, Harris and Belova wrapped up with yet another first place win in Rhumba. In Bronze, CMI exchange student George Henes and Lilia Wood took third place in Cha-Cha and fourth in Rumba, while Luca Daniel G and Katya Lesnaia G took first for both. In Gold, Sofya Rashkhodnikova G and Todor Stavrev took first in Cha-Cha and Rumba and second in Samba and Jive. Carlos Lopez ’03 and Genevieve Cuevas ’03 placed fifth over all in Open.
In the previous two weeks, MIT Ballroom Dance Team had also competed at The University of Connecticut Ballroom Dance Competition (Nov. 3) and in the Harvard Beginners Competition (Oct. 26). For full results from Brown, and from these two competitions, visit