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Ballroom dance club offers something new

Anyone who enjoys watching the shows “Dancing with the Stars” or “So you think you can dance” should come join VSU’s Ballroom Dance club.

Eric Nielsen, Professor of Communication Arts and current Ballroom Dance club advisor says that the current dance shows generated dancing interest among students.

Ballroom Dance club started spring semester in 2010 when three students in Professor Nielsen’s dance class decided to start a ballroom dance club, offering free dance lessons with guest dance instructors.

The club offers lessons in many different styles of ballroom dance. Students can learn American Smooth styles, such as the waltz and foxtrot, or choose Latin American styles, such as the tango or paso doble.

Some students have considered attending the meetings for free dance lessons and the chance to learn something fun and new.

“I think it will be interesting to learn ballroom dancing, it’s a chance to learn something different,” Shacore Smith, junior biology major said.

The Ballroom Dance club has yet to attend any competitions, but is focusing on events to host for the semester. Dancing with the Greeks was a big success last year and the club is hoping to have it again this year.

“Ballroom Dance club is a place where you can learn how to express yourself beyond words, teaching you things you can take with you for the rest of your life,” Andrew Ritfeld, President of the Ballroom Dance club said.

Ballroom Dance club meets every Friday in room 2108 in the UC at 3 p.m.

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