Ballroom dance honors

UD Ballroom Dance Team takes honors at UPenn Classic

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8:19 a.m., March 10, 2014--Members of the University of Delaware Ballroom Dance Team won multiple honors at the UPenn Classic held recently at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Senior Erica Santos, a double major in vocal performance and finance, and Jeffrey DiMarco, a master’s student in computer science, took first place overall newcomer in three categories – American-Smooth, American-Rhythm and International-Latin.

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In the American-Smooth
category, the dancers took first place overall newcomer, as well as first place newcomer tango, second place newcomer waltz and fourth place newcomer foxtrot.

In American-Rhythm they won first place overall newcomer, as well as first place newcomer cha-cha and second place newcomer rumba and swing. 

And in International-Latin they won first place overall newcomer, first place newcomer cha-cha and newcomer jive, and semifinalist newcomer rumba.

Also at the classic, alumnus Daniel Collins, a member of the Class of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and Autumn Kidwell, a doctoral student in physical oceanography, won awards in American-Smooth, International-Standard and American-Rhythm.

In American-Smooth, they took second overall in the silver level, and also in waltz/tango and in foxtrot/Viennese waltz.

In International-Standard, they took second overall in the bronze level, first in bronze in quickstep, and second in bronze in waltz and tango.

In American-Rhythm, Collins and Kidwell took first in bronze overall, first in bronze in cha-cha and swing, and second in bronze in rumba.

Stijn Koshari, a master’s student in chemical engineering, and Mitali Desai, a senior majoring in economics and biological sciences, picked up awards in American-Smooth and American-Rhythm.

In American-Smooth, they won third in bronze overall, first in bronze in foxtrot and second in bronze in tango. They also took fifth in bronze in American-Rhythm swing.

Cedric Jacob, a doctoral student in mechanical engineering, and Jessica Vega, a senior majoring in cognitive science and psychology, took honors in American-Rhythm and International-Latin.

The dancers took fourth in silver in swing/mambo and sixth in silver in cha-cha/rumba in the American-Rhythm category, and seventh in silver in swing/mambo in International-Latin.

Johanna Lukk, a senior communication major, and Austin Whittington, a 2012 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, took two awards – seventh in both newcomer foxtrot and newcomer tango – in American-Smooth.

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