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    Have you heard about: Ballroom Dance Society?

    Meredith Collier

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: News
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    Ever doubt your skills on the dance floor? Never worry about your dance skills again- let Case Ballroom Dance Society teach you the hottest ballroom dance moves, from the tango to the rumba. Karen Ko, a junior communication sciences major and current vice-president of Ballroom Dance Society, explained that all skill levels are welcomed at Ballroom Dance Society.

    "It's a club for people who are interested in dancing competitively or socially or just want to stay active," said Ko. "It's really just a thing that people do for fun."

    Ballroom Dance Society offers both beginner and intermediate lessons on Tuesday nights from 6-9 at The Spot. Learning to ballroom dance might sound intimidating, but Ko says that no previous experience is necessary. "We offer beginners' lessons every semester, so it's perfect for anyone who just wants to see what it's like," she said. "And then of course, if they get more serious about it, or want to commit more time, they can do intermediate lessons."

    Each week, over 30 dancers join Ko at The Spot to learn steps to a variety of ballroom dances. "Ballroom has sort of…two categories within itself," explained Ko, "so there's Latin ballroom and standard ballroom, and Latin ballroom is like cha-cha, rumba, jive, samba, and the passé-double. And then standard is more what you think of when you think of ballroom, so the waltz, foxtrot, quick step, Viennese Waltz, and ...tango.

    She explained that, although they have around 30 consistent students each week, anyone is welcome to come to lessons. "People are always welcome to drop in any time if they want to check out what we're about, and if they want to join in the middle of the semester, they can do that."

    Not only does Ballroom Dance Society offer lessons, they also send couples to ballroom competitions each year. "We're going to a competition this Sunday at OSU," said Ko. While competition is encouraged, it is not required. "We don't try to put too much pressure on people, because we know it's a huge commitment."

    Ko explained that they also do a lot of fun, social dancing. Each week, they dedicate an hour to social dances, she says, including swing and salsa. "Sometimes we make trips out to The View, which is a club downtown, where they have salsa on Friday nights."

    Next fall, Ko will become the next Ballroom Dance Society president, and wants to see the club expand its membership, targeting new beginners as well as offering advanced lessons. She plans to host more social hour dances for the entire campus as well as holding a ballroom dance showcase. "I definitely would like to do more performances, because I think that's a good way to gain popularity [on campus]," she said.

    She also expresses interest in participating in more ballroom competitions in the region, explaining that in the late 90s, Case Ballroom was highly regarded in collegiate dance circles as a particularly competitive team. "We'd like to bring back the competitiveness to Case Ballroom," she says.
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