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Ballroom Dance Team shines at UConn Husky Classic 2019

Couples take first in Bronze American Swing, third in Silver International Samba and Jive

MITBDT had four dancers attend the 2019 UConn Husky Challenge this past Saturday, Oct. 19. The event took place at the Coventry High School in Coventry, Connecticut.

The day began with Smooth and Standard in the morning. Ryan Salazar and Joanna Lin ’22 competed together at the Bronze level. They placed sixth in the American Foxtrot and made finals in all three Standard events, taking home second in Quickstep and fourth in Waltz and Tango. Jerry Bai and Maddie Leone ’22 represented MIT at the Silver level. In Smooth, they finaled in all three events, claiming third in the Viennese Waltz and fifth in the Waltz/Tango two-dance. In Standard, Bai and Leone earned sixth in Foxtrot, seventh in the Waltz/Tango two-dance, and eighth in the syllabus Viennese Waltz against Gold level couples.

The day continued with Rhythm and Latin in the afternoon. In the Bronze Rhythm, Salazar and Lin had a strong performance, winning first place in Swing and earning second in Chacha and Rumba. For Latin, Salazar switched partners and competed in Silver with Leone. They placed third in Samba and Jive and fourth in the Chacha/Rumba two-dance. Bai danced with Lin in Latin as well, and they made semifinals in all Silver events.