Dancesport Nov. 7

POSTED BY LAUREN SAWVELLE
On November 7, the UC San Diego Dancesport Team attended the annual UC Santa Barbara Beach Ball. The competition started with the American Smooth category. In the Bronze Foxtrot, Viet Nguyen and partner Katrina Kennedy placed 7th, while Simon Huang and Maris Doherty placed 5th. Navid Roueenfar and partner Kim Ng placed 6th in the Bronze Viennese Waltz. Simon and Maris also placed 3rd in the bronze Viennese Waltz, 7th in the Bronze Tango, and third in the overall American Smooth category. Next, Kevin Ray and partner Rachel Eisenbarth had an incredible performance, placing 4th overall in Gold Smooth category, 5th in the Silver Tango and Waltz, 2nd in Silver Viennese Waltz and Foxtrot. They also placed 3rd overall in the Silver Smooth category. In the Newcomer category, couple Navid Roueenfar and Katrina Kennedy placed 2nd in the Newcomer Waltz and 5th in the Newcomer Tango. Also, couple Simon and Maris placed 1st in the Newcomer Foxtrot and 3rd in the Newcomer Tango, winning 3rd overall in Newcomer American Smooth. Moving on, in the American Rhythm category, Kevin and Rachel placed 2nd in the Bronze Standard Viennese Waltz, 2nd in the Silver Standard Viennese Waltz, 3rd in the Bronze Quickstep, 5th in the Bronze Standard Waltz, 1st in the Silver and Bronze Bolero. In the American Rhythm category, couple Fernando Cortez and Kaya Ishijima placed 2nd in the Silver East Coast Swing and 3rd in the Gold East Coast Swing. Next, couple Kevin Ray and Maris Doherty placed 2nd in the Bronze Mambo, 2nd in the Bronze American Cha Cha, 2nd in the Silver American Rumba, 2nd in the Silver American Cha Cha, 3rd in the Bronze American Rumba, and 4th in the Silver East Coast Swing. All of these placements led them to winning 1st overall in the Bronze Rhythm category and 2nd overall in the Silver Rhythm category. The bulk of the team’s awards were won during the International Latin events. Couple Viet Nguyen and Katrina Kennedy placed 2nd in the Bronze Cha Cha, 1st in the Bronze Samba, 3rd in the Bronze Jive, 1st in the Bronze Paso, and 3rd overall in the Bronze Latin category. Joan Valls and partner Maris Doherty placed 2nd in the Newcomer Samba, 2nd in the Newcomer Rumba, and 2nd in the Newcomer Cha Cha, winning 2nd in the overall Newcomer Latin category. Couple Navid Roueenfar and Katrina Kennedy also competed in the Newcomer Latin, winning 1st in the Newcomer Cha Cha, Rumba, and Samba, leading to a 1st place victory in the overall Newcomer Latin category. Navid also competed in the Bronze category with partner Kim Ng, placing 5th in the Bronze Cha Cha, 4th in the Bronze Rumba, and 3rd in the Bronze Samba. Last, couple Fernando Cortez and Kaya Ishijima placed 4th in the Silver Cha Cha and 5th in the Silver Rumba. The last events of the competition were the Nightclub events. In the Begginer category, Fernando and Kaya placed 5th in the Merengue, 1st in the Hustle, 3rd in the West Coast Swing, and 1st in the Nightclub Two Step. Also, Fernando and Kim Ng placed 2nd in the Lindy Hop. Joan Valls and Rachel Eisenbarth placed 3rd in the Merengue. Last, couple Viet Nguyen and Katrina Kennedy placed 5th in the Salsa.  
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Feb 20 Dancesport

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
February 20th: Dancesport   On February 20, the UC San Diego Dancesport Team attended the annual California Polytechnic State University Mustang Ball in San Luis Obispo. The competition started with the American Smooth category. First, Viet Nguyen and partner Katrina Kennedy placed in the bronze level Waltz. Couple Kevin Ray and Katrina Kennedy placed 4th in the Rookie/Veteran Tango. Kevin Ray, this time with Konstancja Ziegert, placed 5th in the Rookie/Veteran Waltz. Kevin Ray and Akshata Rohra placed 2nd in the Rookie/Veteran Viennese Waltz and 4th in the Rookie/Veteran Foxtrot. Next, couple Alan Puah and Katya Tsimring were finalists in the newcomer Waltz and won 1st in the newcomer Tango. Couple Omron Hassan and Marina Torras were finalists in the newcomer Tango and Waltz. Couple Fernando Cortez and Kim Ng placed 6th in the bronze Waltz. Last, couple Andy Helson and Laurel Wilkinson were finalists in the Silver level Tango and bronze Foxtrot, won 3rd in the bronze waltz, 2nd in the bronze Viennese Waltz, and 3rd in the bronze American Multi-Dance.   Moving on, in the International Standard category, Andy Helson and Laurel Wilkinson were finalists in the bronze international Quickstep.   In the American Rhythm category, couple Kevin Ray and Kanstancja Ziegert placed 4th in the bronze American Rumba, 3rd in the bronze East Coast Swing, and 6th in the bronze Bolero. They also placed 5th in the silver American Rumba, 7th in the silver American Cha Cha, and 5th in the silver Bolero. Also, couple Fernando Corte and Kim Ng placed 3rd in the silver East Coast Swing.   The bulk of the team’s awards were won during the International Latin events. Couple Viet Nguyen and Sydney Swanson placed had an impressive showing, winning 1st in the silver Cha Cha, 1st in the silver Samba, and 1st in the silver Rumba. Couple Omron Hassan and Konstancja Ziegert were finalists in the newcomer Rumba, won 4th place in the newcomer Cha Cha. Omron and Katya Tsimring were finalists in the newcomer Samba. In the Rookie/Veteran category, Omron and Paula Anzenberg placed 2nd in Jive. Also in Rookie/Veteran, Devin Antony and Paula Anzenberg won 3rd in Cha Cha and 3rd in Samba. Couple Elia Clarissa Peralta and Kenneth Sabangan were finalists in the newcomer Cha Cha and Samba. Couple Katrina Kennedy and Navid Roueenfar were finalists in the bronze Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, and Jive. Couple Alan Puah and Chloe Qiu placed 2nd in the newcomer Cha Cha, 2nd in the newcomer Samba, and 1st in the newcomer Rumba. Couple Fernando Corte and Kim Ng took home a large number of ribbons, winning 1st in the bronze Samba, 2nd in the bronze Cha Cha, 2nd in the bronze Rumba, and 1st in the bronze Jive. They also won 3rd in the silver Jive, 3rd in the silver Rumba, and 2nd in the silver Samba. In the gold level, the highest competitive syllabus level, couple Kaya Ishijima and Kyle Eckman won 1st in the gold Cha Cha, 2nd in the gold Samba, and 1t in the gold Rumba.     The last events of the competition were the Nightclub events. In the Beginner category, Katrina Kennedy and Navid Roueenfar were finalists in Salsa. Kevin Ray and Akshata Rohra placed 4th in Salsa. With UC San Diego Alum Van Lam, Kevin Ray placed 3rd in the Merengue, 5th in Lindy Hop, and 4th in Blues. Fernando Cortez and Kim Ng placed 4rd in Lindy Hop, 5th in West Coast Swing, 1st in Nightclub 2 Step, 4th in Merengue, and 5th in Blues. Last, Elia Clarissa Peralta and Kenneth Sabangan were finalists in the Salsa and won 2nd in the Merengue.
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Nov 19 Dancesport

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
On November 19, the UC San Diego Dancesport Team traveled to Columbus Ohio to compete at the annual dancesport national competition, the Ohio Star Ball. The 15 member nationals team competed in formation dancing, the main focus of the UC San Diego Dancesport Team. Team members who competed at nationals are the leaders Fernando Cortez, Navid Roueenfar, Bharathan Balaji, Tokio Shimamura, Viet Nguyen, Joan Valls, and Simon Huang as well as followers Paula Anzenberg, Sydney Camille, Lissette Lozano, Kaya Ishijima, Kim Ng, Katrina Kennedy, Laurel Wilkinson, and Midori Schardein. The team placed 2nd overall, receiving 1st placed marks from three out of the seven judged. The winning team received four 1st place marks. While UC San Diego Dancesport has an after class program a few nights per week and many of those competing at nationals only started dancing last year, the winning team is made up of more experienced dancers and their school offers a ballroom dance major. Still, 2nd place at the national competition is a significant accomplishment for the UC San Diego Dancesport team.  
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Nov 7 Dancesport

POSTED BY MICHAEL ZHONG
On November 7, the UC San Diego Dancesport Team attended the annual UC Santa Barbara Beach Ball. The competition started with the American Smooth category. In the Bronze Foxtrot, Viet Nguyen and partner Katrina Kennedy placed 7th, while Simon Huang and Maris Doherty placed 5th. Navid Roueenfar and partner Kim Ng placed 6th in the Bronze Viennese Waltz. Simon and Maris also placed 3rd in the bronze Viennese Waltz, 7th in the Bronze Tango, and third in the overall American Smooth category. Next, Kevin Ray and partner Rachel Eisenbarth had an incredible performance, placing 4th overall in Gold Smooth category, 5th in the Silver Tango and Waltz, 2nd in Silver Viennese  Waltz and Foxtrot. They also placed 3rd overall in the Silver Smooth category. In the Newcomer category, couple Navid Roueenfar and Katrina Kennedy placed 2nd in the Newcomer Waltz and 5th in the Newcomer Tango. Also, couple Simon and Maris placed 1st in the Newcomer Foxtrot and 3rd in the Newcomer Tango, winning 3rd overall in Newcomer American Smooth.     Moving on, in the American Rhythm category, Kevin and Rachel placed 2nd in the Bronze Standard Viennese Waltz, 2nd in the Silver Standard Viennese Waltz, 3rd in the Bronze Quickstep, 5th in the Bronze Standard Waltz, 1st in the Silver and Bronze Bolero.     In the American Rhythm category, couple Fernando Cortez and Kaya Ishijima placed 2nd in the Silver East Coast Swing and 3rd in the Gold East Coast Swing. Next, couple Kevin Ray and Maris Doherty placed 2nd in the Bronze Mambo, 2nd in the Bronze American Cha Cha, 2nd in the Silver American Rumba, 2nd in the Silver American Cha Cha, 3rd in the Bronze American Rumba, and 4th in the Silver East Coast Swing. All of these placements led them to winning 1st overall in the Bronze Rhythm category and 2nd overall in the Silver Rhythm category.     The bulk of the team’s awards were won during the International Latin events. Couple Viet Nguyen and Katrina Kennedy placed 2nd in the Bronze Cha Cha, 1st in the Bronze Samba, 3rd in the Bronze Jive, 1st in the Bronze Paso, and 3rd overall in the Bronze Latin category. Joan Valls and partner Maris Doherty placed 2nd in the Newcomer Samba, 2nd in the Newcomer Rumba, and 2nd in the Newcomer Cha Cha, winning 2nd in the overall Newcomer Latin category. Couple Navid Roueenfar and Katrina Kennedy also competed in the Newcomer Latin, winning 1st in the Newcomer Cha Cha, Rumba, and Samba, leading to a 1st place victory in the overall Newcomer Latin category. Navid also competed in the Bronze category with partner Kim Ng, placing 5th in the Bronze Cha Cha, 4th in the Bronze Rumba, and 3rd in the Bronze Samba. Last, couple Fernando Cortez and Kaya Ishijima placed 4th in the Silver Cha Cha and 5th in the Silver Rumba.     The last events of the competition were the Nightclub events. In the Begginer category, Fernando and Kaya placed 5th in the Merengue, 1st in the Hustle, 3rd in the West Coast Swing, and 1st in the Nightclub Two Step. Also, Fernando and Kim Ng placed 2nd in the Lindy Hop. Joan Valls and Rachel Eisenbarth placed 3rd in the Merengue. Last, couple Viet Nguyen and Katrina Kennedy placed 5th in the Salsa.   Naftali Burakovsky Dancesport  
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