Students get into swing of things with new organization

Ballroom dance club aims to compete

By Zelenia Vasquez
On March 30, 2017

Photo by Rebekah Wortham
Andrew Russell shows off moves he teaches members of the BDC.

The Angelo State Social Ballroom Club gives students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of ballroom dancing, along with other types of dances.

“Angelo State Social Ballroom Dance Club is an organization that teaches students, faculty and staff in many forms of ballroom dancing with various partners,” freshman Andrew Russell said. “These include dances from ballroom, and social aspects, rhythm and smooth dances.”

Students are learning several dances including: swing, waltz, two-step, salsa, tango, foxtrot, rumba and merengue.

“Any participating member may request either a dance, move, or dance variation as long as it meets our safety and view requirements,” Russel said.

Dr. John Osterhout, departmet chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was asked to sponsor this club because he is an officer of the San Angelo Ballroom Dance Club, the oldest organization still going on today in the city.

“My wife and I are long-time ballroom dancers, so when I was asked to be faculty sponsor, I couldn’t turn it down,” Osterhaut said.

At this point, the club is not requiring fees for those who want to join.

“Since our organization wishes to reach out to as many people as possible, we are not collecting dues; therefore, anyone may join by showing up to a club meeting,” Andrew said.

Since the club has been established, forming a dance team and competing is one thing they are currently working on.

“As we are a new organization, funds are nonexistent, which makes competitions difficult; although, with hopes of fundraising next semester I have intentions of forming a competition and performance team,” Russel said.

Just like all clubs that are established, they are established with a goal in mind.

“The club’s mission is to reach and many people as possible and help them to learn and grow comfortable dancing in many environments,” Russel said.

The club meets every Friday from 6:30-8 p.m. and Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m.

“As the instructor for the dances, I enjoy seeing the growth and joy of other students as dancing starts to “click” and how moves begin to flow together,” Russel said.

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