We continue our topic of dance clubs all across America and today we interviewed Ray Burgess, Social Captain of UCSC Ballroom Dance Club. Ray shared some information about his dance club with us.
– Hi Ray, can you tell me a bit about history of your dance club?
The farthest back we can trace our club is to someone named Sean Ericson. He noticed that there was all the framework laid out for a ballroom club at our school, however it was inactive. He essentially revitalized it and started the club anew, and here we are today around 7 years later.
– How many members are in your club?
We have roughly 25 members who actively participate in the club right now.
– What dance styles do you do?
We cover the majority of styles you see in ballroom competitions: International Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, VWaltz, Tango as well as their American counterparts. We also compete in the international Latin events e.g. Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble. We don’t do any of the Rhythm dances but we do have most of the nightclubs such as West and East coast swing, Hustle, Salsa, Merengue, and we even throw in a little Blues Fusion w/ our lessons!
– Ray, what about the coaches? Who trains your club?
Our coaches so far are Tom Roher and Kaytlin Kuns. They teach us international Latin styles since they’re competing in novice right now and are the best couple still on our team. They’re former students but they’re in the area so they stick around with us. We currently lack standard coaches.
– Can you name some achievements of the club?
There aren’t many accomplishments we have as a team itself. However, on an individual basis we have couples placing first in multiple events ranging from Bronze to Open in collegiate competitions.
– What are the plans for the near future?
Our plans are to host a collegiate ballroom competition in Santa Cruz in the 2017-2018 school year! As well as continue expanding the team, we left off last school year with about 8 members and we’ve almost tripled in size since then – we’ll do our best to keep those numbers up.
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