On Saturday evening, RPI Ballroom Dance hosted its first Social Dance in the Academy Hall Auditorium. Not knowing much about the event or the club, I anticipated all of the formalities associated with ballroom dancing. The foreign atmosphere was intimidating. The night began with a lesson on the American tango, given by members of the club. After practicing the basic steps a few times over, they opened up the floor for dancing. The recommended style of dance was projected on a wall, ranging from the Lindy hop to the East Coast Swing, and music flooded the auditorium.
All of my preconceptions were proven to be completely incorrect. I enjoyed myself even as a spectator, watching people laugh and fully immerse themselves in dance. It was an accepting environment that made everyone feel comfortable regardless of skill. I couldn’t help but smile the entire time I was taking photos. After talking to Karen Baltazar ‘17, the previous president of the club, I found that this was exactly what they were trying to accomplish. She wanted to use these new Social Dances to open up the club to people who are initially daunted by the idea of ballroom dancing. Now happening monthly, it is the perfect place to explore a new hobby or decompress after a long week of classes.