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.