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Ballroom Dance Club 3rd in East Japan Collegiate DanceSport Championships

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May 2, 2017

Tokyo Tech's Ballroom Dance Club placed third in the group category of the 114th East Japan Collegiate DanceSport Championships held at Dokkyo University in Soka City, Saitama Prefecture on April 16. Competing against 25 other universities, it was Tokyo Tech's first top-three finish in the group category in 30 years.

Of the thirteen Tokyo Tech couples present, nine received prizes and seven advanced to the finals. The Institute also participated in the preliminary round of the formation dance competition, taking 8th place and progressing to the championships for the first time since 1999.

Opening ceremony for semi-finalists

Opening ceremony for semi-finalists
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Comments from club captain Yutaro Shigehara
4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences

I am very pleased with the results, as all the participants put in a lot of work practicing on a daily basis. At this competition, there were also lots of alumni and younger club members in the audience supporting us, which was very meaningful. I hope we can maintain this momentum and continue to practice frequently for future competitions.

DanceSport and Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club

DanceSport is competitive ballroom dancing where couples are evaluated by a panel of judges. The collegiate championships have three categories — International Style Standard and Latin, and formation dance. International Standard includes waltz, tango, foxtrot, and quickstep, while International Latin consists of samba, cha-cha, rumba, and paso doble. Formation dance is a choreographed team dance consisting of a medley of between two and four International Style dances, and involving four to eight couples.

The Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club is an official student club of the Institute, currently consisting of 23 Tokyo Tech students, 9 Shirayuri University students, and 7 Sugino Fashion College students.

Tokyo Tech finalists at 114th East Japan Collegiate DanceSport Championships

International Standard

Masaki Watanabe, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences Hiroka Sato, Shirayuri University 3rd in foxtrot and 6th in waltz
Masaki Watanabe, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Hiroka Sato, Shirayuri University
3rd in foxtrot and 6th in waltz
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Yutaro Saito, 4th year, Bioscience Akari Ooki, Sugino Fashion College 2nd in tango
Yutaro Saito, 4th year, Bioscience
Akari Ooki, Sugino Fashion College
2nd in tango
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Ryoga Takeda, 3rd year, Chemical Engineering Nagisa Koizumi, Shirayuri University 5th in quickstep
Ryoga Takeda, 3rd year, Chemical Engineering
Nagisa Koizumi, Shirayuri University
5th in quickstep
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Michiaki Ubukata, 4th year, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Nazuna Saito, Atomi University 7th in quickstep
Michiaki Ubukata, 4th year, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nazuna Saito, Atomi University
7th in quickstep
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Rikiya Nishimura, 4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering Yui Yamaguchi, Shirayuri University 8th in quickstep and 12th in tango

Rikiya Nishimura, 4th year, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Yui Yamaguchi, Shirayuri University
8th in quickstep and 12th in tango
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

International Latin

Yoshiki Kurisaki, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences Saki Koshimizu, Tsuda College 2nd in rumba, 3rd in cha-cha

Yoshiki Kurisaki, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Saki Koshimizu, Tsuda College
2nd in rumba, 3rd in cha-cha
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Kohei Tazoe, 4th year, Information Science Miyako Mizuno, Shirayuri University 2nd in cha-cha
Kohei Tazoe, 4th year, Information Science
Miyako Mizuno, Shirayuri University
2nd in cha-cha
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Yutaro Shigehara, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences Yuna Kurashige, Sophia University 4th in rumba
Yutaro Shigehara, 4th year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Yuna Kurashige, Sophia University
4th in rumba
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Katsuya Uehara, 3rd year, Bioscience Takako Matsuda, Shirayuri University 10th in samba and 11th in rumba

Katsuya Uehara, 3rd year, Bioscience
Takako Matsuda, Shirayuri University
10th in samba and 11th in rumba
(Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa)

Tokyo Tech Fund

This event is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund

Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund

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