Dance club

The ballroom dance club “sways” in the safe dance – Technique

There are a variety of skills to learn at Tech, from computing to communication to effectively navigating East Campus while avoiding Freshman Hill.

Among the lesser known lessons to learn as a jacket is ballroom dancing.

Ballroom Dance Club is a student-run sports club. In this club, students can practice and compete in ballroom dancing.

The club hosts a variety of different events throughout each semester, including socials, weekly classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and competition trips.

“Our big events are our three socials,” said third-year MATH Erin Wrobel.

“We usually have about one a month, and those consist of introductory classes and social dancing.”

“The first one is free and after that it’s about five dollars for students.”

Wrobel is the Ballroom Dance Club’s Competitive Coordinator, who, among other things, is responsible for organizing competitive trips as well as the club’s annual ballroom dancing competition.

“We hold our own competition every February,” Wrobel said. “We also do about three or four competitive trips to other schools or other states per semester.”

Competitions, however, are only a small part of what the club does.

“We have choreography classes, which are based on early semester tryouts and are usually partnered, so you’ll have a designated dance partner if you’re on the competition team, and you learn the choreography with them,” says Wrobel.

“Once you get out of choreography classes, you can take vocational technique classes off campus.”

There are also open practices on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, which anyone can come to.

The club plays music and everyone does their own dance practices.

This semester, however, the club is different.

As a sport involving two people dancing in close proximity, it’s hard to know what Ballroom Dance Club looks like these days.

“We still have social lessons,” Wrobel said.

“We’ve been able to connect them a lot more in person recently, as we’ve gotten approval from sports clubs.

“Currently it’s happening in person, just at a distance from each other.”

“We have people standing six feet apart and acting like they’re dancing with each other without touching.”

The other lessons have taken different forms to be the most useful while remaining as safe as possible.

“A lot of lessons are still going on, just with more distancing protocols in place,” Wrobel said.

“In the beginning, we were doing virtual classes, and most of our classes are still virtually available.”

“We had competitive training on Friday night, and we turned it into an exercise class, and our Wednesday night open training turned into a student-led technical class, because that would be more useful than d just having an open practice where no one is allowed to dance together.

Although in-person competitions do not take place, the club is still able to record videos of solo events and send them to competitions.

Wrobel says his favorite aspect of the club by far is the people, and that hasn’t changed with the new safety and distancing protocols the club has put in place.

“My best friends in college came from ballroom dancing,” she said.

“It’s obviously sadder this semester, because I’m not allowed to dance with people, but as far as I’m allowed to interact with them, they’re literally my favorite people, and that’s just a really fun and supportive community. .”

A unique aspect of the club is that no dancing experience is required.

Wrobel herself had very little dancing experience and learned all of her ballroom dancing skills while at her club.

“You can take beginners classes as many times as you like until you feel comfortable, but our beginners classes are also very well taught and we have plenty of opportunities for you to practice the skills “, she said.

Even if you don’t have any dance experience, it’s really easy to be able to progress, and no matter what you do, you’ll still be able to dance something by the time you leave.

But the education participants receive goes beyond learning not to step on toes.

“There are a lot of different life skills built into it, like the ability to interact with other people and consideration of what your partner does or is comfortable with and relationship skills. relationship building,” Wrobel said.

“If you’re in a dance partnership, even if it’s not a romantic relationship, it’s still another human in your life, whose actions are intertwined with yours.”

“It’s a really positive skill to develop, as well as adult skills in general,” Wrobel concluded.

During this time, it’s important to take breaks from daily stressors and seek outlets for creativity and connection.

The ballroom dance club provides such an outlet for all students, regardless of experience or skill level.

The club is a great way to feel less isolated on campus during the pandemic.

Students who want to get involved with Ballroom Dance Club can register for events at mycrc.gatech.edu and gatech.campuslabs.com.

Students must register with mycrc.gatech.edu to enter CRC.

Students may also visit the ballroom dance website at ballroomdance.gtorg.gatech.edu or contact [email protected] for more information.