Cornell DanceSport is a competitive Ballroom and Latin dance team. The team represents Cornell University at a number collegiate and amateur events. The DanceSport team focuses on the following styles and their dances:
International Standard: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep.
International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, and Paso Doble, Jive.
American Smooth: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, and Viennese Waltz.
American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, Bolero, and Swing.
Cornell DanceSport alumnus, Cleo Poleman competed at the UK DanceSport Championships in Blackpool, England. Blackpool, as its often referred, is widely regarded as the most prestigious ballroom competition. To the best of our knowledge, Cleo who graduated in 2012 is the first alum to compete in the festival. We wish her and her current partner Andy Weeranitikun the best of luck.
Cornell DanceSport had the opportunity to perform in Teszia‘s Spring Shimmy. Check out video from our performance below. Head on over to Teszia’s YouTube page to check out their awesome belly dancing numbers from the event.
Cornell DanceSport’s competition season wrapped up last weekend at the MIT Open in Cambridge, MA. The MIT Open is one of the largest ballroom competitions in the world and features collegiate dancers from all over the United States. It was a great way to end the season and everyone danced their hardest. Individual results can be found below.
In Open Ryan Bisbey dancing with alumnus Isabella Oledzka placed 7th overall in Pre-championship Latin. Their best result was placing 5th in the Paso Doble. François Hébert and Susanna Kohler finished 13th in International Pre-championship Watlz and Tango as well as 17th in Foxtrot Quickstep.
Future captain Sung Won Yun dancing with current captain Chelsea Cheng placed 5th in Advanced Samba and Jive.
In the Intermediate level, Daniel Carpenter and Rosako Wagner finished 10th in American Rhythm by finishing 8th in Bolero and 10th in Mambo. Stephanie Shapiro danced with TBA partner Galen Cheng and finished 13th overall in Rhythm. Their best result was finishing 10th in Bolero. The couple also competed in the Smooth style and placed 7th in Waltz and Tango. Shuo Chen and Ariana Munger finished 16th in American Rhythm. Their best result was finishing 14th in Cha Cha, Rumba and Swing. The couple also placed 14th in Samba and Jive. Shuo also danced in Smooth and Standard with Shen Ning. The couple finished 9th in Waltz and Tango and 14th in International Viennese Waltz. Luke Sheeley and Meghan Pierson’s best results was finishing 18th in American Cha Cha, Rumba, and Swing.
In Beginner, Jake Hernandez and Erin Mattoon finished 10th in Samba. Nikkolai Bellinghausen and Sarah Song best result was finishing 28th in American Tango.
Cornell DanceSport traveled to the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA over the weekend for the Keystone Classic. Dmitry Slavnikov and Kristina Keribinos had the opportunity to perform their Formidable Tango Showcase as apart of the evening show. Video of the performance can be found above.
We also were excited to see Matthew Watkins – an alumnus who designed our team jacket – who competed TBA with team member Xiaohan Liu. Matthew is now an engineering professor and spearheads a ballroom team at Binghamton University. With Xiaohan, Matthew placed 6th in Gold Standard. More results and videos from the competition can be found below.
Ryan Bisbey and Joanna Mlezcko placed 1st in Open Latin and Paso followed closely by Dmitry Slavnikov and Kristina Keribinos who placed third. Daniel Carpenter competed with TBA partner and DanceSport captain Chelsea Cheng. The two placed 2nd and 6th in Silver Samba Jive and Cha Cha Rumba as well as 5th and 6th in Silver American Cha Cha Rumba and Swing Mambo, respectively. They also competed in Bronze division where they placed in 6 events. Luke Sheeley and Meghan Pierson also competed Bronze and placed 1st, 4th, and 5th in American Foxtrot Viennese Waltz and Mambo respectively.
Despite bad weather Cornell DanceSport traveled to the University of Pennsylvania’s DanceSport Classic. The team did quite well with each couple placing or making a semi-Final. Individual results can be found below.
In Open Standard, François Hébert and Susanna Kohler placed 3rd in Waltz, Quickstep and Viennese Waltz and 4th in Tango and Foxtrot. Ryan Bisbey and Sarah Luna made the semi-final.
Similarly, in Gold Latin Asher Novick dancing with Sarah made the semifinal.
In Silver, Zachary Machado and Davana Bolton made the semi-final in both American and International Waltzes as well as Quickstep. Dancing with Cornell DanceSport Alum Emmanuelle Salvati, Davana placed 7th in Cha Cha and Rumba as well as Samba and Jive. In American Rhythm, Daniel Carpenter and Rosako Wagner placed 6th in American Cha Cha Rumba (as well as 2nd in Syllabus Bolero). Joining them in the final was Shuo Cheng and Ariana Munger who placed 7th in Cha Cha and Rumba.
In Bronze, Danny and Rosako placed 5th, 6th, and 7th in American Tango, Waltz, and Foxtrot respectively as well as 7th in Quickstep. Shuo with Shen Ning paced 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the same finals as well as 2nd in each of the International Waltz, Tango and Quickstep finals. The couple also dance in Bronze latin placing 3rd and 4th in Rumba and Jive. Nikkolai Bellinghausen and Sarah Song placed 7th in American Tango. Erin Mattoon dancing with TBA partner Chelsea Cheng placed 3rd and 6th in American Swing and Rumba as well as TBA partner Sarah Luna placed 2nd in American Foxtrot. Zach with Cami.le Sims made the semis in every American rhythm dance. Tim and Peggy Sayers made the semis in American Waltz and Rumba.
The Cornell DanceSport team competed at the Binghamton Ballroom Revolution over the weekend. The team brought home the win in the team match event, which aims to determine which university is best over-all by comparing different couples across many dances. The team match team which consisted of François Hebért and Susanna Kohler; Ryan Bisbey and Joanna Mleczko; Kuan-lin Chen and Cece Rodriguez; and Tim and Peggy Sayers.
In the individual events the team did quite well especially in the Open division in which Cornell couples won all events. Video footage of the team match and individual events is embedded below as well as placement results for individual couples.
In Open François and Susanna won in Standard taking first place in every dance. Likewise, Ryan and Joanna won Open Latin placing first in every dance as well as taking Open Paso.
Asher Novick and Sarah Luna placed 2nd in Gold Latin. Zachary Machado and Davana Bolton placed 3rd in the Gold standard events. The couple also competed in silver placing in 4 events. Their best result being 4th in American Waltz.
In Silver, Asher competed with TBA partner Sarah Song placed in 3 events nabbing 7th place in all Standard dances. Shuo Cheng and Ariana Munger also danced silver placing in 3 events, taking 3rd in Samba Jive. Shuo also placed in 5 events at the bronze level with a TBA partner. Daniel Carpenter and Rosako Wagner placed in 3 Silver events and 9 Bronze events taking 2nd in Silver American Cha Cha Rumba and 1st in Bronze Samba, Jive, Swing and Mambo.
In Bronze was Luke Sheeley and Meghan Pierson who placed in 6 events. Their best place being 2nd in American Foxtrot. Kuan-lin and Cece also competed in bronze placing in 2 bronze. The couple also placed in 10 of the Newcomer events. Their best place being 4th in Newcomer International Jive and American Cha Cha.
Over the weekend, a few couples traveled the long distance to Colombus, OH to compete at the National Collegiate DanceSport Championship as apart of the Ohio Star Ball. In the Open events Ryan Bisbey and Joanna Mleczko took home 2nd In Championship and Pre-championship Latin and François Hébert and Susanna Kohler in Pre-championship Standard received 7th place. Daniel Carpenter and Rosako Wagner finished 15th in Bronze Swing 19th in Bronze Samba. Nikko Bellinghausen and Sarah Song placed 8th in Newcomer Jive and finished 11th in both American and International Waltz as well as 14th in International Tango.