Ballroom team competes Holy Cross event


On Sunday, February 17, RPI’s Ballroom Dance Team made an appearance at the 14th Annual Holy Cross Ballroom Competition in Worcester, Mass. The competition included many events in all four competitive styles, which included American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin. The competition even included an extra hustle and salsa section, in which RPI team members swept first place in both events. Seniors Steve Lentine and Yaroslava Cassell competed in Advanced Hustle, while senior Jim LaDouce and University of Albany graduate student Jennifer Lippens participated in Advanced Salsa. Holy Cross, as well as all of the other northeastern competitions the team attends, has events for rookies—yes, even someone brand new to ballroom dance can compete!—all the way to open level.

The team had a fantastic day full of dancing and fun that included ribbons for many of our competitors. We had amazing dancers in all levels, from newcomer to gold, with some particularly amazing accomplishments for several of the newer members of the team. Bronze team members sophomore Alex Kocher and senior Katie Wesley finished out the day by placing first in all four bronze Latin events, and competitors graduate student Jean-Paul Reddinger and senior Shannon Holly placed in all three newcomer standard events. Every competitor did an amazing job and had a lot of fun!

With another successful competition under our belts, the team is gearing up for the next big event—the 2013 RPI Dancesport Competition! On March 23, 2013, competitors from all over the Northeast will be coming to campus for a full day of dancing at the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center. The event is open to spectators, and the team would love some home support, so be sure to come out and cheer them on!

The RPI Ballroom Team is open to all members of the RPI community and welcomes all levels of dancing ability! (A lot of the team had never actually tried ballroom dancing before joining the RPI club and/or team!) Practices are open and you determine your own commitment level—if you are interested in RPI Ballroom, please check out our website at or stop by one of our practice times for more information!