Campus & Community

Days of dance and roses

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Ballroom Dance
Ryan Brown ’04 and Gamze Dinckok ’04 slip and slide with style and grace, which is not surprising – they’re the co-presidents of Harvard Ballroom Dance.

Most of the ‘beginners’ in the Ninth Annual Beginner’s competition, hosted by the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, looked like anything but as they expertly swirled and strutted their hour upon the dance floor last Saturday (Oct. 26). The competition began as the ‘Harvard-Yale Challenge’ in 1992, when the Yale team would come and dance against the Crimson during the weekend of the Game. Soon, other schools joined in, and the event became a contest for dancers ranging from raw rookies to greenish veterans.

Keeping up the spirit of the original Harvard-Yale Challenge is the gender smashing Harvard-Radcliffe Challenge. In usual competition, a gentleman and a lady dance together against other similarly sexed couples. But the H-R Challenge features all-boy couples against all-girl couples. It’s a battle of the sexes to determine once and for all (once a year) who are the better dancers – da boys or da girls?

Members of Harvard Ballroom Dance
Some of the Radcliffe women’s team – Rebecca Mitchell ’02 (left), Emily Wilcox ’02, Navlyn Wang ’04, Danielle Brown ’05, Ana Bracic ’05, Allison Colbert ’05, Ariela Marshall ’05, Vera Makarov ’04, and Inna Livitz ’05 – rejoice as the announcer declares that they won the cha-cha round against the men in the Harvard-Radcliffe Challenge.