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The Manhattan Amateur Classic Team Match 2003 - Meet the Teams!

by Explore Dance staff
January 15, 2003
Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway at 114th Street
New York, NY 10027
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The Manhattan Amateur Classic Team Match 2003

ExploreDance.com is sponsoring the MAC 2003 Team Match, to be held on Saturday January 18 at Columbia's Lerner Auditorium. For more on the MAC 2003, go to www.nyusabda.org

Meet the Teams!

The teams are listed in the order that their information was sent in.

The Fogeys



Who is on our Team?

Paul & Louise Giuliano, Captains
Monty Yurchison & Judy Chamberlain
Ron & Bunny McClellan
Bob Blank & Martha Estevez

How long have we been dancing together as a Team?

Except for Bob and Martha, our three couples competed as a Team for the first time at the 2002 RPI Competition in Troy, New York. We entered the Team Match on a whim the day of the comp because it sounded like a lot of fun. All the other Teams were college age kids. Our "Fogeys" team looked more like the kids' parents. Nonetheless, we proved that we're not quite over the hill yet when we took third place overall! The MAC will be our second attempt as a Team. With the addition of Championship level dancers, Bob and Martha, the Fogeys are poised to give the young'uns another run for the money.

How have you prepared for the team match?

We have e-mailed each other and taken lots of Geritol! Each team couple is responsible for practicing their selected dance. We might get together for a "strategy session" on competition day.

What is your team's strongest dance and why? What gives you a competitive advantage?

All our dances are strong. As long as our lungs and legs hold up. Our competitive advantage lies in our maturity and ability to gain the support and sympathy of the crowd who is more likely to be in our age bracket.

What do you hope to accomplish at the MAC?

Finish our heats without running out of breath and have fun.

What makes you passionate about dance?

The music and the movement make us forget our age, our problems and our aches and pains. When we are on the floor dancing, we are 21 again!



The MIT Ballroom Dance Team



Who is on your team?

The MIT Ballroom Dance Team is entering two teams for this years MAC.

Our teams are:

MIT Ballroom Dance Team A:
W: Dejan Mircevski & Maria Minkoff
T: Chris Douglas & Katya Dolginova
C: Carlos Lopes & Genevieve Cuevas
Sw/J: Filip Ilievski & Rita Kraner

MIT Ballroom Dance Team B:
W: Mark & Nina Knobel
T: Bill Liteplo & Ika Setyawati
C: Boris Berdnikov & Carrie Sougnez
Sw/J: Todor Stavrev & Sofya Raskhodnikova

How long have you been dancing together as a team? >

The MIT Ballroom Dance team has been a club of dedicated dancers for many years. These particular dancers competing in this year's MAC team match have been with the team for at least a year.

How have you prepared for the team match?

Most of our couples competing in the team match have danced as partners for an extended period of time. So in that regard, each couple practices for their individual events which in turn will hopefully contribute to the team's success.

What is your team's strongest dance and why? What gives you a competitive
advantage?

All of our dances are equally strong. I believe what gives MIT a competitive advantage is the hard work of our more experienced team members. Everyone helps each other out which is important to having a sense of team spirit. At MIT our veteran dancers teach lessons, offer supervised practice, help with costumes, makeup and general competition advice. This is all with the intention of constantly trying to raise the level of dancing at MIT. What we have found is that it does works to give us that competitive edge.

What do you hope to accomplish at the MAC?

We hope to dance well and enjoy ourselves, and it would be great if one of our teams we were to place as well!

What makes you passionate about dance?

I think this is different for every team member. I can speak for myself only. I have to say for me that it is two things. Music and Challenge. I love music and like the way dancing enhances your enjoyment of a great song. The challenge of dance excites me too, of learning new skills and subjecting those skills to criticism and competition. Its all very exciting.

MIT Team Photos









The Vermont DanceSport Academy VDA Perennials


Who is on your team?

Bill Pedrick/Betty Barnes
David Larson/Rebecca Brookes
Tom Arnold, Jr/Jennifer Stearns
Keith Delgado/Reinita Arnold


How long have you been dancing together as a team?

We haven't. We' re looking forward to doing it.


How have you prepared for the team match?

We haven't !


What is your team's strongest dance and why? What gives you a competitve advantage?

We are looking forward to finding out; because we're curious. We
wish we had one !


What do you hope to accomplish at the MAC?

Become stronger friends.


What makes you passionate about dance?

We leave our worries behind !



The Ballroom on Fifth Dance Team



Who is on your team?

Ballroom on Fifth dance studio is sending two teams to the MAC. The teams consist of the following dancers:

BOF STOMPERS

Waltz: George Kofoed, Becky Yeamans
Tango: Joseph Wang, Ozlem Koldemir
Cha Cha: Bill Sherman, Detta Ahl
Swing: Anthony Staiano, Yvonne Smith

BOF GLIDERS

Waltz: John Novotny, Cathy Cho
Tango: Chris Allen, Daphna Locker
Cha Cha: Paul Okura, Inna Perevozskaya
Swing: Steven Tilly, Leila Labanieh

How long have you been dancing together as a team?

Neither team from Ballroom on Fifth (not the Stompers nor the Gliders), have danced together previously.

How have you prepared for the team match?

Half the couples participating on the teams have practiced together often. The other half of the couples will try to find time to practice briefly before the team match Saturday at the MAC.

What is your team's strongest dance and why?

The Waltz and Tango are the two strongest dances for the Ballroom on Fifth Stompers and Gliders. Most amateurs at the studio focus on International Standard, so the teams naturally are strong in any of the five Standard dances which include Waltz and Tango.

What gives you a competitive advantage?

Most of the dancers on the teams are experienced and well trained. Most team members work very hard at their dancing, practice regularly, work with a partner, and take lessons from top coaches.

What do you hope to accomplish at the MAC?

We hope to dance well; to have fun; to show good team spirit; to support, cheer and encourage the other competitors; to qualify for nationals; and to convey our love of dancing to the audience!

What makes you passionate about dance?

It is hard to explain, but there is something that draws us to dancing ñ there is some beauty in dancing with a partner to music and being in harmony with the movement, each other, and the music. Also, dancing is an exciting never-ending challenge. Finally, the dance studio has a friendly atmosphere where most people are encouraging towards one another.







The Drill Masters



Who is on your team?

Joe Larose
Meg Pedrick
Bill Pedrick
Carolyn Pedrick
Paula Schneider
David Schneider
Karen Haar
Allen Haar
Katie Pedrick

How long have you been dancing together as a team?

7 "quality" minutes

How have you prepared for the team match?

Prepared? We have to be Prepared? Does making a banner count?

What is your teams strongest dance? Why?

The macerana- we don't do it

What gives you a competitive advantage?

" 'cause we don't do nothin' the way nobody else does"

What do you hope to accomplish at the MAC?

We wanna win the million dollars!!!

What makes you passionate about dance?

DRILLS!!! They help us forget the misery of the rest of our lives- we're not
kidding.



New York University



Who is on your team?

We are 32 NYU students, alumni, and friends in four different teams: Alex,
Michelle, Dru, Liz, Duwayne, Sandy, Sean, Amber, Yunyue, Amy, Slava, Nina,
Chih, Tracy Jo, Joey, Alicia, I-Min, Elizabeth, Weikai, Jenna, Steve,
Stacey, Evelina, Naomi, Ben, Shannon, Chris, Jessica, Truman, Megan, WayGee,
and Rula.

How long have you been dancing together as a team?

Some of us have been dancing together for four years or more, and some just
joined in September.

How have you prepared for the team match?

We prepare every time we practice together—we're a tight-knit bunch, and
have vowed to cheer the loudest today!

What is your team's strongest dance and why? What gives you a competitive
advantage?

Every couple has their strong dances, and we've tried to match everyone to
their favorite dance. Everyone will be at their best today—we don't have
just one strong dance!

What do you hope to accomplish at the MAC?

We hope to support each other as a team and show everyone at the MAC that we
are a force to be reckoned with in collegiate dancesport.

What makes you passionate about dance?

We are passionate about dance for as many reasons as there are members on
the team, but a large reason is all the great friends we've made through
dancing.


Information on the other teams is coming soon!

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