Today we interviewed Christina Lai, she’s the Vice-president of The Notre Dame/ Saint Mary’s Ballroom and Latin Dance Club. So let us share with you another great post about the dance club of Norte Dame.
– Christina, how many members there’re in your club?
The Notre Dame/ Saint Mary’s Ballroom and Latin Dance Club is proud to claim approximately 25-30 active members. We also get the occasional students and faculty members that drop by for a quick dance lesson here and there.
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– How was the club founded?
The Notre Dame/St. Mary’s College Ballroom Club was started by Loretta Spencer, a Canadian competitive professional approximately 25 years ago. Her husband was a professor at Notre Dame. Ramsey, our faculty advisor, helped her to demonstrate. After a time, she decided to quit teaching the class as she was busy raising small children. Two of our three current coaches and another of our past coaches took coaching lessons and taught alongside her.
– Can you name some achievements of the dance club?
As for accomplishments, the club does several performances each year. In previous semesters we have held “Call-out” performances at the beginning of each semester in order to invite students and faculty to join us. We have also been asked on several occasions to perform at various events such as in the half-time show at basketball games, and for local schools and nursing homes. More recently, in conjunction with the Notre Dame Swing Club, we held a flash-mob outside of South Dinning Hall on Oct. 28. Our annual charity performances include in Welsh Family’s
(residence hall) Dance fest and The Project Fresh (P Fresh) Show. Fundraising
performances include our Notre Dame Day performance.
– How about dance competitions?
Outside of performances, the ND/SMC Ballroom Club competes at various collegiate-level dance competitions around the Mid-West. We regularly attend competitions at OSU, Valparaiso, and Badger Ballroom as well as any other competitions that fits into our schedule. Additionally, each Spring we host our own collegiate-level competition called the Irish DanceSport Gala. This is THE event for our club as it takes a lot of time and dedication from our Club Officers and the planning committee to make the competition happen and run smoothly.
– Who are your coaches?
We have three professional dance coaches: Mariusz (Mario) Skonieczny, Kathy Nate, and Barb Coon, Mario teaches the International Latin style dances. Kathy teaches American Ballroom, both smooth and rhythm. Barb teaches our social lesson which is primarily a beginner’s level lesson to learn the basic moves of dances mentioned above, as well as other more social dances including: West Coast Swing, Night Club Two-step, Salsa and Bachata.
– What are your future plans/goals?
Currently, we are focusing on building and expanding our club and increasing our presence around campus. We truly enjoy ballroom and latin dancing and would love for people to join us!
Today we’d like to introduce you LRDC – Latin Rhythm Dance Club of Rochester, NY. Melissa Mendoza, the president of the club gave us an interview about LRDC.
Melissa, please tell me how was your club founded?
– Founded in 2011, Latin Rhythm Dance Club (LRDC) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is dedicated to immersing attendees in Latin dance and culture. We offer free dance lessons every week and welcome all students, staff, and faculty – beginners and advanced dancers.
Who teaches at LRDC?
– Our lessons are fully taught by students! We have yearly events and frequently invite guest instructors to teach lessons outside of our common lessons of salsa, bachata, and merengue. We also keep our members well-informed with local Rochester events and encourage them to attend other dance lessons and festivals. Currently, the club has about 120 active members.
Can you name some accomplishments and events you performed at?
– LRDC’s dance team, established in 2012, is comprised of passionate dancers in the RIT community. LRDC’s dance team performs at various events throughout the year and competes in regional dance competitions: won RIT’s Clubs Got Talent in Spring 2013, placed third at RIT’s Best Dance Crew in 2015, participated in RIT Unification in 2014 and 2016, performs at ImagineRIT every year, and performed at the Upstate New York Latin Dance Festival in 2015 and 2016.
Today i’d like to feature not a regular ballroom or latin dance club. It’s Velocity dance team that performs in urban dance styles. Here’s the interview with the president of the crew E’jaaz Lawal.
E’jaaz, can you tell me about your crew?
– Originally, Velocity was a coached dance team that used to do competitions regularly. In 2012, we made the transition to becoming a student-run club and are now in our 4th year of operating as such. Every year due to auditions and members graduating, our numbers fluctuate from semester to semester. As of this semester, we have 11 active members in our crew. In our short 4 years of being student-run we have been steadily improving and last year, through popular vote, won the best performing arts club of RIT. We also host an annual competition called RIT’s Best Dance Crew, or RBDC for short, that we have been steadily expanding every year to include teams of all different dance styles from all over NY to one stage. Being student-run, we have an eboard that is in control of the operations of the team as opposed to a coach. All choreography is made in-house and is a collection of all our works as a team. We have been gearing up for some performance requests we have in the Rochester area. At the same time, we have started planning for our annual show and working on bringing more expansion and diversity to our show.
Today we interviewed Holley Shugart of CP Swing and DDB Secretary. Get to know Cal Poly Swing Club.
What’s the story of the club?
– The club was founded in 1998 and our sister club, Drop Dead Blues, was founded a few years after as a subset of Swing and then became an official club later. We have 10 officers serving on the Executive Council and their duties include planning and running events, putting on weekly lessons and social dancing, and other club related activities. The officers serve the CP Swing and Drop Dead Blues Clubs’ Executive Councils. The Council works with an advisor who is a professor on Cal Poly’s campus.
What type of dances do you teach?
– We have a lot of frequent returning dancers that come to lessons and social dancing every week. Our style of dance is Lindy Hop and we also teach Collegiate Shag, Balboa, and Charleston. Every Fall Quarter the CP Swing club puts on a 10 week lesson series to take people from beginner to intermediate dancers in Lindy Hop. It is a great opportunity to learn all of the dance styles we teach, and learn about the history of Lindy Hop and its music.
Who do you bring to coach and what events there are in the club?
– We host 3 big events every year; The Fall Swing Workshop, The Winter Blues Workshop, and The San Luis Obispo Lindy Exchange in the spring. For the two workshops we bring in professional teachers to teach two days worth of lessons and there are social dances each night. The Lindy Exchange is our biggest event with 3 days of dancing, and group activities like Beach Day and Lindy Games. This Fall we are bringing in the great Ann Mony and Ryan Calloway to teach in our Fall Workshop.”
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