A Year in Review [2019-2020]

Cornell DanceSport team at our showcase, RED Interested to see what the team was up to during the 2019-2020 academic year? Look no further! Below are our fall and spring alumni newsletters. Click here to view our Fall 2019 Newsletter. Click here to view our Spring 2020 Newsletter.
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Thank you, Coaches!

Our team would like to extend a massive thank you to the professional coaches that helped us out last fall: James Repetti, Alec Zhang, and Pamela Licht. We wouldn't be anywhere without their help and guidance! They help make our team stronger and better, and we look forward to working with them again! James Repetti Group Lesson Alec Zhang Group Lesson Pamela Licht leads a private lesson for Shujing ('20, left) and Natalie ('20, right)
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BADC was the place to be!

Cornell DanceSport once again attended Big Apple DanceSport Challenge (BADC) as the third competition for the semester. This is a massive two-day competition in the heart of New York City at Columbia University. This one is always a blast because the competition is massive, so we get to see lots of friends from other schools and studios! We even ran into three alumni: Cody Goldsmith ('17), Esther Foo ('16), and Ryan Bisbey ('16). Cody is currently studying at the Perelman School of Medi...
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Ballroom @ AGAVA

Agava is a popular southwest style restaurant in Ithaca and, every Wednesday night, it collaborates with Salsa Ithaca to bring the community a free Salsa lesson. They invited Cornell DanceSport to teach a Cha Cha lesson instead. Of course we took them up on the offer! We had our student instructor for advanced Latin, Darya Musatova ('20), lead a basic lesson with Boris Barron (graduate student) and Natalie Butkevich ('20) helping as TAs. They taught the basic step, New Yorkers, spot turns, unde...
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DCDI was to die for!

DCDI is always a team favorite! Newcomers already have their first competition under their belt, and veterans get to see old ballroom friends at this massive intercollegiate competition. The team bonding at this one never disappoints!
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Getting the Gold at Brown!

Earlier this semester our team had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Cranston, Rhode Island to compete at Brown University's competition! It was the first competition for all of our newcomers and they did a stellar job! They handled the pressures of competition effortlessly and managed to stun everyone during the Newcomer Match! Our veteran dancers also did not disappoint with fantastic performances across the board, from bronze to gold. It was a fantastic start to the seme...
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Robert & Yuehan Set the Floor on Fire @ Bailemos!

Earlier this semester, seniors and four-year partners Robert and Yuehan represented Cornell DanceSport at the Bailemos Latin and Dance Club social in Willard Straight Hall. They performed a spectacular samba and a sassy cha cha - a great representation of the rest of us on team. We are thankful that Bailemos invited us to perform, and we are proud of how great Robert and Yuehan did! Scroll down to see videos of their performances!
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Into the Streets: Volunteering was Unbe-leaf-able!

Earlier last month, some of our team members headed over to Ithaca City Cemetery to volunteer as part of Into the Streets, which is Cornell University's largest day of service! We collaborated with Historic Ithaca to help clean up the cemetery in preparation for the 4th annual mile run through the cemetery the following day. We helped by raking up leaves, replacing damages flags, picking up trash, and even cutting down branches that were in the way! One of our own, Nathan, insisted on climbin...
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DanceSport Performances at Ballroom Club’s Incredible Yule Ball!

Ballroom Club's Harry Potter Yule Ball on December 9th was a fantasy come true. The performances by Cornell DanceSport Team members helped contribute to the magic in the air that evening. Check out the hypnotizing tango performed by Cody Goldsmith and Caroline Mauduy as well as the fiery cha-cha performed by James Chin and Phuong Dang! Videos courtesy of the Cornell Ballroom Club Be sure to keep an eye out for news about the next Ballroom Club social, taking place February 2018. Yo...
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DCDI: Always a Team Favorite

DC DanceSport Inferno has always been one of Cornell DanceSport's favorite competitions, and this year was no exception. Between the beautiful University of Maryland ballroom, the energy of so many dancers from all over the country in the same room, and the team bonding at our first overnight competition, there are so many reasons we love DCDI. Here are a couple more, as told by our team members: "There was a huge sense of team spirit. Between the team match, the fun dances and everyone cheer...
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