Ballroom team enjoys good showing at competition
The NDSU Ballroom Dance Club participated in the all-amateur Star of the North ballroom competition in Minneapolis March 2-3. Hundreds of college students from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois attended.
Don Miller, who co-coaches the team with his wife, Joan, said the highlight was the College Team Match. For the match, each team selects its top three couples to dance swing, foxtrot and rumba. NDSUs team of Shane Gores and Megan Meyer, Charles Forward and Rachel Wotzka, and Quang Phan and Sarah Schock finished in the top six out of 20 teams. Northwestern University from Chicago won the match.
Miller, who is also head of the pharmacy practice department, said several NDSU students recorded excellent results in the individual couples events. The results are as follows:
Newcomer Waltz (41 couples) Ethan Rodgers/Kate Talley second Charles Forward/Katie Odland third Cody Bakken/Rachel Wotzka semi-final
Newcomer Foxtrot (40 couples) Bakken/Wotzka fourth Rodgers/Talley sixth Forward/Odland semi-final
Newcomer Tango (41 couples) Bakken/Wotzka sixth
Forward/Odland, Rodgers/Talley semi-final
Newcomer Rumba (40 couples) Rodgers/Talley semi-final
Newcomer Swing (36 couples) Forward/Odland fifth
Bronze Waltz (72 couples) Gores/Meyer fifth
Nathan Szurek/Sarah Schock and Rodgers/Talley semi-final
Bronze Foxtrot (72 couples) Rodgers/Talley fourth
Gores/Meyer and Szurek/Schock semi-final
Bronze Tango (72 couples) Gores/Meyer sixth
Bronze Swing (72 couples) Szurek/Schock sixth
Advanced Waltz/Foxtrot/Tango combined (47 couples) Gores/Meyer semi-final
Advanced Cha-cha/Rumba/Swing combined (48 couples) Gores/Meyer semi-final
The Ballroom Dance Club was recognized as an official NDSU student organization in January 2011. For more information on the club, contact Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.