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Tokyo Tech pair dominates at sci-tech university dance contest

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July 19, 2018

Tokyo Tech's Daiju Sato and Maoko Kawai from the Tokyo College of Music won all four International Latin styles — cha-cha, samba, rumba, and paso doble — at the 98th Science and Technology Universities' Dance Competition on May 27. A total of nine couples from the Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club participated in the competition, held this time on Chiba University's campus.

Daiju Sato, 3rd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Maoko Kawai, Tokyo College of Music

Daiju Sato, 3rd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Maoko Kawai, Tokyo College of Music

Daiju Sato, 3rd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Maoko Kawai, Tokyo College of Music
Winners of cha-cha, samba, rumba, and paso doble
Photo courtesy of Kotone Ishizuka

Comments from Daiju Sato

Luck was on our side as we were able to win all four Latin dance styles at this competition. I look forward to continuing with my efforts in both dance and academics.

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 26 Tokyo Tech students, 17 Shirayuri University students, and 9 Sugino Fashion College students.

Satoshi Ishii, 3rd year, Mathematical and Computing Science, Minami Sakae, Shirayuri University
Satoshi Ishii, 3rd year, Mathematical and Computing Science
Minami Sakae, Shirayuri University
3rd in waltz
2nd in slow foxtrot
10th in quickstep
Photo courtesy of Mikio Yoshida

Shunsuke Tanaka, 2nd year, Life Science and Technology, Miori Nakatsubo, Sugino Fashion College
Shunsuke Tanaka, 2nd year, Life Science and Technology
Miori Nakatsubo, Sugino Fashion College
12th in waltz
Photo courtesy of Mikio Yoshida

*
While formation dance features in other competitions, it is not a component of the Science and Technology Universities' Dance Competition

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Tokyo Institute of Technology Ballroom Dance Club is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund

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