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!