Step Into Rhythm

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If a student were to stumble into a ballroom dance class, it might not be what they expect. Students immediately grab their partners and fall into rhythm. Slow. Quick. Quick. Slow. There are many terms worked on, such as pivots, turning, and technique. The class laughs and talks, but when it comes down to it, they are quite dedicated to what they do.  

 Ballroom requires a lot of effort. In ballroom, the dancers have to have a partner in dancing. These individuals have to learn different steps and combine their moves with their partners, showing that they are a team and everybody counts. There are many steps and techniques involved. The team meets every day and the class meets three times a week. That way, a lot can be learned and added on to the dances. All of that time and effort isn’t a setback though. Ballroom dancer Heidi Ashcraft said, “The biggest challenge is working with a partner; but, it’s also the greatest reward.” Ballroom students are able to see that their hard work is paying off. This can be seen in their performances and the many practices they have put time into.   

Snow students are encouraged to take part in Ballroom and dance. Christian Bastian, the Director of the Snow College Ballroom Dance Company said, “It’s a lot of fun to watch. But even more fun to do.” They take in students from all walks of life. This year, the class sizes have gone up in Ballroom, which is a unique opportunity. Students don’t have to worry about the girl to boy ratio. It is usually around two to one…sometimes one to one.  

Snow College ballroom dancers Vera Vashchenko and Courtney Nay practice combining their steps together. Repeating is key when learning a dance. Photo courtesy of RandaLynn Waddingham

Ballroom dancing starts from the get-go. Their first performance is September 12th for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It is at the Greenwood Student Center at 6:00pm. They will have more performances throughout the year, so students are encouraged to keep an eye out to support them. Students will be able to see that it is “more than just dancing…” as Dmitri Peskov, Director of Snow College Dance Ensemble, said. He continued, “It is a great place for both experienced and beginning dancers.” 

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