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Tokyo Tech third at 108th National and Public University DanceSport Championships

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Published: July 16, 2020

The Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club finished third in the group category at the 108th National and Public University DanceSport Championships, held at Chiba University on February 2.

A total of 19 universities and colleges joined this winter's competition. Twelve of the 44 Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club couples participating in the championships were awarded prizes. Seven couples advanced to the finals.

Comments from club captain

Saki Sakurai

3rd year, Life Science and Technology

This was the first contest of 2020, and the Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club finished in third place. While our goal was to take a second successive victory after the win last year, competition from rival universities was tough and I am very happy with this result.

Individual couples also compete for rankings, but the real thrill of these student competitions is in the group performance. Our club aims to improve the overall level of all our dancers, regardless of their expertise. Therefore, it is very important to consider not only yourself and your pair, but also to acknowledge the other club members seeking improvement around you.

I think this mentality can be applied effectively in both club activities and learning in the lab. The Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club will continue to build an environment where its members can gain valuable experiences on and off the dance floor.

Finalists and semi-finalists at 108th National and Public University DanceSport Championships

Photo courtesy of Misa Momokawa

International Standard

Shunsuke Tanaka, Miyu Ito
Shunsuke Tanaka, 3rd year, Life Science and Technology
Miyu Ito, Shirayuri University

2nd in tango, 5th in waltz, 7th in foxtrot, 7th in quickstep for 2nd and 3rd-year students

Haruki Watanabe, Nanaka Matsumoto
Haruki Watanabe, 2nd year, Materials Science and Engineering
Nanaka Matsumoto, Sugino Fashion College

7th in waltz, 11th in foxtrot, 12th in quickstep, 13th in tango for 2nd and 3rd-year students

Kohei Ichinose, Rie Masukawa
Kohei Ichinose, 1st year, School of Environment and Society
Rie Masukawa, 3rd year, Mathematical and Computing Sciences

1st in tango for 1st-year students

Nozomi Ogawa, Airi Kodama
Nozomi Ogawa, 1st year, School of Science
Airi Kodama, Shirayuri University

3rd in tango for 1st-year students

Shin Ogino, Yoko Suzuki
Shin Ogino, 1st year, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Yoko Suzuki, Shirayuri University

6th in tango for 1st-year students

Raphaelo Mondragon, Haruka Kawachi
Raphaelo Mondragon, 2nd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Haruka Kawachi, Shirayuri University

10th in tango for 1st-year students

Kohei Ichinose, Dulguun Tsumbuukhuu
Kohei Ichinose, 1st year, School of Environment and Society
Dulguun Tsumbuukhuu, 3rd year, Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering

3rd in foxtrot for 1st-year students

Nozomi Ogawa, Rina Yamaguchi
Nozomi Ogawa, 1st year, School of Science
Rina Yamaguchi, Shirayuri University

6th in foxtrot for 1st-year students

Shin Ogino, Chiharu Kimura
Shin Ogino, 1st year, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Chiharu Kimura, Shirayuri University

6th in foxtrot for 1st-year students

International Style Latin

Kaido Suzuki, Saki Sakurai
Kaido Suzuki, 3rd year, Physics
Saki Sakurai, 3rd year, Life Science and Technology

9th in samba, 9th in paso doble for 2nd and 3rd-year students

Toshiya Sugimura, Himawari Ajiri
Toshiya Sugimura, 3rd year, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Himawari Ajiri, Shirayuri University

9th in rumba for 2nd and 3rd-year students

Nozomi Ogawa, Chiharu Kimura
Nozomi Ogawa, 1st year, School of Science
Chiharu Kimura, Shirayuri University

7th in samba for 1st-year students

DanceSport

DanceSport is competitive ballroom dancing where couples are evaluated by a panel of judges. Collegiate championships have three main categories — International Style Standard and Latin, and formation dance. International Standard includes waltz, tango, foxtrot, and quickstep, during which couples traditionally dance in closed positions. International Latin consists of samba, cha-cha, rumba, and paso doble, and often involves men and women dancing in more open positions. Formation dance* is a choreographed team dance consisting of a medley of between two and four International Style dances, which involves four to eight couples.

*
While formation dance features in other competitions, it is not a component of the National and Public University Championships.

Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club

The Tokyo Tech Ballroom Dance Club is an official student club of the Institute, consisting of 19 Tokyo Tech students, 13 Shirayuri University students, and 6 Sugino Fashion College students as of February 2020.

Tokyo Tech Fund

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

Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund

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