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MIT Ballroom Dance Team Performs Well at Boston University Competition

By Miriam Sorell


If their success at the Boston University Ballroom Dance Competition is any indication, the MIT Ballroom Dancing Team is set for a dazzling semester. MIT’s best couples outshined dancers from Harvard University, Tufts University, Boston University, and other local schools, dancing in any of the 4 styles and at all levels.

In the American Style events, MIT couples placed highly in the Gold and Open events, the most competitive levels. In Open Smooth, Eric Nielsen G and Michelle Goldhaber took first place. In Open Rhythm, Mark Hershberg and BU student Jessica Ahlers took second, and in Gold Rhythm, Nielsen and Margaret A. Wong ’02 took second for Swing/Mambo and first for Cha Cha/Rumba. Hershberg and Ahlers also came in fourth in the Open Standard competition.

As usual, MIT couples completely swept the Bronze and Silver levels of the Standard and Smooth divisions. In Bronze Smooth, the top three finalists were from MIT: David A. Ovadia ’06 and Catia S. Verbeke ’06 in third, Wei An G and Susanna Wagner in second, and Tyree W. Harris G and Nadezdha Belova ’05 in first place.

In Silver, Iuliu Vasilescu G and BU student Jill Krupnik took fourth, and Chris Stratton and Aurora C. Schmidt ’03 came in third. In Bronze Standard, Ovadia and Verbeke placed second, and Harris and Belova took first once again. In Silver Standard, Luca Daniel and Tilke M. Judd ’03 took seventh, Jaques P. Olivier G and Goldhaber took fifth, Brad Morrison and Irina Medvedev took fourth, and Sola Grantham and Jessica Wong came in third.

In Latin, MIT couples made the finals at every level: in Open, Filip Ilievski ’03 and BU student Rita Kraner took fifth place. In Gold Cha Cha/Rumba, Todor Stavrev G and Sofya Raskhodnikova G took second, with Olivier and Aliya Satterlee took fourth, and Christopher L. Douglas G and Judd took fifth. In Samba/Jive, Ken Siu and Goldhaber took seventh, Douglas and Judd took sixth, and Stavrev and Raskhodnikova took fourth. In Silver, George Henes ’04 and Wellesley student Lilia Wood took second, and in Bronze An and Wagner took sixth.

MIT took first place in the American Team Match, and second place in the International Team Match.