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Recruitment + Tryouts

No previous dance experience is required to join! Please see details about membership below.

We will be holding a few recruitment events to get to know everyone interested in joining! See details below.

NOTE: you only need to attend one mandatory tryout, the rest is optional!

Friday Sept 6 (4pm – 6pm): Club Sports Fest // Court Kay Bauer Lawn

Come find our table and chat with us!

Sunday Sept 15 (1pm – 4pm): Club Fest // Barton Hall

Come find our table at Club Fest and chat with us!

Sunday Sept 15 (7pm – 9pm): Tryout #1 // RPCC 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room

Follows: 7pm – 8pm

Leads: 8pm – 9pm

Please come 15 minutes before the tryout time. We will spend most of the hour teaching you a short routine and then at the end you will use it for the tryout out! Tryouts are done in groups and you will be paired with a current team member, so don’t worry about trying out alone! Please note that we will only consider you for the role that you tryout for; if you would like to be considered for both roles, you should attend both the follow and lead tryout times.

Tuesday Sept 17 (8pm – 9pm): Workshop // Appel 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room 

This is an opportunity for potential new members to get a feel for ballroom and get to know the team in a dance setting. Some team members will teach a couple dances and then we will do some dancing together! At the end we plan to have a little demonstration prepared to show off what the team can do!

Wednesday Sept 18 (6pm – 7pm): Meet and Greet // Willard Straight Hall 6th Floor Studio

This is an opportunity for potential new members to get a feel the team in a casual, non-dance setting. There will be light refreshments provided. Come chat with us!

Friday Sept 20 (8:30pm – 1am): Cornell Ballroom Club Social // Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room

Cornell Ballroom Club will be hosting a Casino Royale themed social on Friday night. The social is open to Cornell students and the Ithaca community at large. There will be tons of free food, an introductory tango lesson, and performances by the teammates from Cornell DanceSport! If you want to test out your skills in a social setting, learn a new dance style, or dance the night away, attend this event!

Saturday Sept 21 (4pm – 6pm): Tryout #2 // Appel 3rd Floor Multipurpose Room

Follows: 4pm – 5pm

Leads: 5pm – 6pm

Please come 15 minutes before the tryout time. We will spend most of the hour teaching you a short routine and then at the end you will use it for the tryout out! Tryouts are done in groups and you will be paired with a current team member, so don’t worry about trying out alone! Please note that we will only consider you for the role that you tryout for; if you would like to be considered for both roles, you should attend both the follow and lead tryout times.

Membership

Interested in joining the Cornell DanceSport Team? Great! Here’s what you need to know:

    • No previous dance experience is required to join. A large majority of our team is made up of students who had never learned Ballroom or Latin dancing before joining. Some have never even had any dance training at all. The team works hard to bring all newcomers quickly up to a proficient and competitive level within a few months of joining.
    • Improve with lessons and practice space. The team offers multiple lessons per week taught by advanced team members. The team schedules studio space for members to practice what they have learned individually or in partnerships.
    • Coaching from Professionals. While the team teachers will teach you everything they know, nothing compares to a lesson from a professional. The team recruits top dancers and teachers to visit Cornell. Members are able to take group lessons and discounted private lessons with these talented professional dancers.
    • Compete and travel. The team competes a few weekends every semester to nearby collegiate and amateur competitions. Past events and cities have included:
Location Event Organization
New York City Big Apple DanceSport Challenge Columbia University
Princeton, NJ Princeton Ballroom Competition Princeton University
Philadelphia, PA UPenn Classic University of Pennsylvania
Washington, DC DC DanceSport Inferno University of Maryland
Boston, MA MIT Open Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Colombus, OH Ohio Star Ball USA Dance
  • All prospective members must try out. Unfortunately, team membership is limited as there are limited resources and space available to us. To help us regulate memberships we hold tryouts. Tryout are held near the start of the Fall semester.
  • Joining team is a time commitment. The purpose of the team is to have its members to improve both as dancers and DanceSport competitors. As such, we expect team members to attend lessons regularly, come to group lessons held by professionals, and plan to travel to as many competitions as they can. This being said all educational obligations should take priority over team events.
  • There is a semesterly membership fee. Team members pay a semesterly membership fee which helps pay for competition registration fees, travel to competitions, and attract professional dancers and coaches to come to teach at Cornell.

Further questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us via email (cornellballroomteam@gmail.com) or send a general inquiry.