Ballroom Dance Team
Advisor: Dr. Matthew Scanlon (367-4504) To promote interest in ballroom dancing
- Check the Ballroom Dance Team Calendar for updates and information
The Ballroom Dance Team at Fairmont State is made up of students who have an interest in learning the many styles and dances of ballroom dancing. The purpose of the club is to allow team members the time to practice and prepare for competitions at the collegiate level. The team meets every Monday night at 8:00pm to practice new dance steps, to discuss budget information, and talk about other miscellaneous topics. There are no specific requirements to be a part of the team and no prior experience is needed. The Ballroom Team also participates in many school functions like Homecoming and sponsors dance parties throughout the school year. Fairmont State University is the only university in West Virginia to actually have a ballroom dancing team. The team also has a facebook group... so join and find out more information!! FSU Ballroom
President: Raymond Bezjak
Treasurer/Secretary: Dylan Callery
Co-Captains: Andrea Burnett and Dylan Callery
At Fairmont, one can obtain a certification in ballroom dancing that allows the recipient to teach ballroom and further their education in dance. The process is a 20 hour study that includes intro classes and separate dance level classes. Along with the actual, physical dancing classes there are one hour classes the involve the culture and behavior, stage craft, and rhythm and repetoire of ballroom. In addition, one must also have three complete hours of intructing (one a semester,) three hours of competitive experience (one a semester,) and one hour of competition judging. This can be completed in four semesters. The Intro to Social Ballroom Dance (course 1100) is accepted as a performance based course with credit for BS/BA degrees/Liberal Studies.
The Team mainly focuses on certain dances in order to perform them for competitions and for the fun of it! There are two different styles of dance. One is the American style and the other is the International style. In the American style, there is the Rhythm dances and the Smooth dances. The American Rhythm dances include the Cha-cha, East Coast Swing, Rumba, Mambo, and Bolero. The American Smooth dances include the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Peabody, and Vienesse Waltz. On the other hand, the International style of dances varies very slightly. Some of the dances are the same, but there are different regulations on the steps that are allowed. In International, there is the Latin and the Standard. The Latin dances include Cha-cha, Jive, Rumba, Samba, and Paso Doble. The Standard Dances include the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Vienesse Waltz. Each of the dances contain different steps that are listed in what is called a syllabus. There is a syllabus for each dance in each category and style. The steps are based on the level of dancing that is being done. There are many competitive levels such as Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Pre-Champ, Champ, and Professional. As the level of dance increases, so does the difficulty of the steps on the syllabi.