Constitution Review and Updates
Transferring the duty of hiring instructors to Secretary
Transferring duty of liaising with club sports to Co-Presidents
Transferring duty of making class/supervising schedules to Secretary
Scheduling workshops getting moved to Mentorship/Events
Formation team getting moved to Co-Presidents
Flyering and tabling and most publicity functions going under Media Manager
End of year workshop getting put under Events Chair
Media Manager could be asked to also serve as BADC Publicity - makes logical sense
Help run the club and BADC!
Last Latin Class
Andrew won’t be here - could have people on the team teach and run rounds
End of Year Showcase
Right after MIT! Monday, April 30 - Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/791460077710746/
Semi-formal - get excited for a bunch of fun dances
Make-up class - no one filled out the availability poll so there will be no make-up class :(
E-Board for 2018-19
Pretty much all set!
Elections and Town Hall to be held on Monday, 4/16 at 8:30 in 501 Schermerhorn Hall!
May consider electing new e-board and board at end of fall semester instead of spring semester, giving new board time in spring semester to get acclimated
Would likely entail a single semester term for incoming e-board and board
Have received a few, deadline is 4/20!
Sensual Movement workshop by two former CU Ballroom members - potentially Thursday 4/19, 10 pm
Friday Night Fever
Will look to attend April 4/20 FNF for the 5TH ANNIVERSARY!
Open Mentor Workshops
Still a few workshops coming up this month! Keep an eye out for the events/announcements!
Days On Campus
Performance by Patrick and Hope tomorrow, 7-9 pm in Low Rotunda
Fill out the travel/housing form by TOMORROW, 4/13!
Note that the team trip back leaves before Smooth ends!
End of Year Showcase!
Save the date! Monday, 4/30 at 10 pm!
Baile del Mambo Salsa Social
Tomorrow, April 13! Fill out the form here by TOMORROW, April 13 at 12 pm NOON: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScSAR5TK6UI1W3gxE1EBAuJd1RgpVF0kxRV68DTmp6boVPz0A/viewform
Have requested Party Space for practice space for next year’s BADC, will see if we can get it
Potentially have President sorted out
Secretary and Treasurer positions likely secured, still finding a VP
Open Mentor Workshops
Several more coming up this month, keep an eye out for them!
Days on Campus Performance Opp
Friday, April 13, 7-9 pm in Low Rotunda
Monday, April 30
5 couples confirmed so far
Tomorrow, Friday, April 6 at Candela - meet at gates at 9 pm
April 28th and 29th - register here if you haven’t already: http://register.o2cm.com/?event=mit
Fill out the Travel and Housing Form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfagHjjC_Z8AhAa3x9p7LFjOyRCmZOAvdZkyxpBXZtfeo1uFA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Fill out this form to get tickets for the professional Latin showcase: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeuJ_OusclOcZThYfJEHyvx8p9UZsdN4G5-_3Sj8GngU8QqA/viewform?usp=sf_link
If you’re interested in a general board position, let us know! We will be looking for general board members for next year and would love to tell you more
Projected ledger and 2019 budget request
Both to be completed soon, should not need major changes to budget request over last year
Trying to book practice space for tomorrow, Friday 3/30 for people to practice before Rutgers
Pre-competition email sent out yesterday
Competition GroupMes to be created soon
Went really well - lots of NYU people came, relatively fewer CU people
Have reached out to first round of potential performers
Insomnia Cookie Study Break
Likely during reading week, likely in Lerner
First salsa social is next week, Friday, April 6 at Candela!
Baile del Mambo April 13 or Piel Canela April 14 for another social - will let salsa track dancers decide
Salsa Make-up Class
Annika is willing to schedule for us, will create poll for salsa dancers to see availability and best time to schedule a make-up class
Need to argue to give us Party Space for BADC practice space, also find a replacement for West Ramp Lounge for volunteers since it will no longer exist
Good points brought up last time, will continue to solicit ongoing feedback through the end of semester
Archived all president emails related to ballroom in the Drive and added last year’s as well
Need to make up the missed class on Friday, 3/9 - will keep everyone updated
Found a sub for the rest of the classes
Have reached out to some people to solicit e-board candidates
CSGB Board Elections
Next Tuesday, 3/27 - will elect people to the Club Sports Governing Board that helps to allocate funding to CU Ballroom
Piel Canela a likely place to go - they likely do invoices
A Stepping Out social may happen as well
Next social may likely be Sunday?
Rhythm Break Cares
Have contacted them about group volunteering sessions - there is availability on Wednesdays every other week, Tuesdays every week
Depending on instructor situation, may find someone within the club, but also still need to schedule in open mentors first
May be able to get an instructor from Stepping Out
Don’t need extra funding
Will be contacting vendors to find what we’re looking for
6 people ordered
No one submitted designs so we will be going with “Let Me CU” and dancing graphic
Ideas to bring in ballet, bachata, hustle, highland dancing workshops, for example so that our workshops are not too ballroom heavy
Will be submitting request to UEM to get space for Monday showcase and Standard classes next semester
Potential Dance Lessons for Formals in late April
Similar to dance lessons for Valentine’s Gala
Open Mentor Workshops
Tango with Ajay: Saturday, 3/24
Office hours with Cathleen: Wednesday, 3/28
Newcomer Workshop with CJ and Sarah: Thursday, 3/29
Smooth with Steve and Nicole: April 4th and April 15th
Rutgers Travel and Costume Form due this Saturday!!! Fill it out here:
Registration deadline for Rutgers is Sunday!!!
CU-NYU Mixer and Rounds
This weekend, Sunday at 1 pm in Lerner Party Space! Facebook event here:
Need to get food and snacks for the event - possibly Strokos wraps
Monday, April 30th at 10 pm
May instead host a pre-party instead of afterparty on April 21st - could be team dinner instead of afterparty-style
BADC Board applications to be sent out towards end of semester at same time as general board
Good: good events (couples fundraiser, parties), now blowback from mentorship, newcomer retention and competing (more people filing into intermediate levels), newcomers came to FNF, comp: smooth logistics and deadlines, board good at addressing issues and problem solving, good reminders in FB group and listserv, good e-board timeline, good at implementing new changes (Latin class format, good relationship with coaches and maintaining it), better communication
Improve: speakers, presence, Dodge (tell people about space and guest fee $10), actual recruiting for e-board, FB invites (make sure it invites everyone when it's made), Harvard/Rutgers (unprofessional to comment personal decisions), disconnect between treasury and board (sharing numbers and costs), transitioning roles, better organization: e-board email
Projecting numbers (numbers at the end of year, do we need funding?), hard to find anything
Plans for handling deficit
UPenn 2018, Rutgers 2018, projection for MIT 2018
March 22nd vote
Turned in things for Rutgers
Nationals: everyone paid for and has place to stay
Bachata workshop requests - will look into possibility of holding one
Open mentor workshops coming up: March 24 - Tango with Ajay
Other workshops to be scheduled
CU-NYU Mixer and Rounds - March 25, 1-8 pm, Lerner Party Space
Need guest list
March 30, April 6 subs
Officially have space for next year!
Get rest of BADC Board together by end of semester
New Opera Workshop
Tomorrow, Friday 3/2 - sign up by midnight tonight (3/1) here: https://goo.gl/forms/bcIRPnHEpR4Db0X72
Requesting funding from Club Sports Governing Board
Early registration closes tonight! Make sure to register early to save our club some money!
Open mentor workshops to be scheduled soon
Regular workshop and competition workshop on Saturday after the shoe shopping trip
Shoe Shopping Trip
Saturday, 3/3 - going to Worldtone Dance downtown
Only one dress that needs fixing
CU/NYU Mixer & Rounds
Looking at the week before Rutgers - most likely Sunday, April 25th
Leads & Follows Night
Happening this Saturday, 3/3!
Annika unable to teach next two weeks due to moving, her friend Rebecca will substitute
New members up on the website! Check em out here: http://www.cuballroom.com/about-us/
Baile del Mambo
Actually only the 2nd Friday of every month, not 2nd and 4th of every month, so is not happening tomorrow - we apologize!
Will send out info about e-board on Sunday 3/18 coming back from spring break
Friday Night Fever
Ballroom social - newcomers try it out! Next Friday 3/2
Sign up form to be posted soon!
Registration form sent out - fill it out by deadline of tomorrow, 2/23 by 11:59 pm!
Will register people over the weekend
New Latin Class Format
Already did new format this past week, newcomer/bronze class followed by technique, then followed by advanced choreo & technique class
Doing beginner technique this week caused some beginners to stay for advanced technique, which they may not be ready for
Proposal for next week to do 40 min newcomer/bronze choreo, then 15 min bronze technique, 40 min advanced choreo, then 40 min advanced technique
Beginning of semester - keep old format of 45 min newcomer/bronze, 45 min silver, 45 min gold so that dancers can get steps first, then after one class cycle transition to new format
Matches sent out on Sunday, hope you all met with your mentees for the first time this week!
Shoe Shopping Trip
Sunday, March 4 - will head out in morning/noon and stay downtown for lunch
Newcomer Comp Workshop
Saturday, March 3 or Sunday, March 4 most likely, TBD
Saturday, March 3
Facebook event going up soon
Travel advance closed out, we are all wrapped up
Only a few Latin costumes need repairing
Going well, send us any feedback you have!
May do repeat before Milvets, GS, and Greek life formals
Schedule set up, get excited!
Live music fell through but the music will still be LIT
CU Ballroom Buy/Sell/Trade for Shoes
Will bring team-owned shoes and others welcome to bring shoes they would like to sell to Standard and Latin classes next week (Monday 2/26 and Tuesday 2/27)
Will need sub 3/2, 3/9, and 3/30, and 4/6 - Annika reaching out to a friend to sub
Advance calendaring form submitted!
Will be tabling in Lerner to publicize Valentine’s Day Gala next week!
Newcomer workshops will be 1:00-2:30 pm and rounds will be 3:00-4:00 pm - first rounds this Sunday!
Friday Night Fever
First team FNF will be March 2nd!
Basically all requested practice space has been approved - will update the public calendar
Will aim to have final mentorship matches sent out Sunday!
Newcomer Comp Workshop
Likely in early March
Will be sending a few dresses out for fixing
Will also be posting updated photos for the catalog
Will be launching design contest soon
Valentine’s Classes Fundraiser
Underway, people signing up to both learn and instruct over the course of the next week
Valentine’s Day Gala
Space has been confirmed - 7-10 pm in Wien, communicating with CU Pops for live music
CU Ballroom Buy/Sell/Exchange
Possibly in March, before a newcomer shoe shopping trip
Baile del Mambo Social Downtown
At Stepping Out Studios on 2/23
Will send out sign-up form soon
Proposal to switch Latin class layout to bronze --> technique --> silver/gold
Public calendar has been updated with new info
Newcomer info sessions - packets seemed to be helpful
No one showed up Friday or Monday and 3 people showed up Tuesday
Would be helpful to have a space booked next time
Next year have info sessions right after newcomer class instead of before, since newcomers are already there
Few more spaces confirmed for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays - check the public Google calendar for details
Going to be held on Sundays 1:00-2:30 pm, next Sunday 2/18 is first workshop
Hopefully newcomers will stay for Sunday rounds 2:30-4:00 pm
Application due on Sunday! Fill it out here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegubOLlyIZf8v2veq3jQ1y1FAhwVCemq3uaOywRI7pQlyoUg/viewform?usp=sf_link
We should table on the ramps and play music and show club pics/videos/tri-folds before major events such as Val Gala
Club members not on board can come hang out!
Shoe shopping trip
Looking at weekend before Val Gala
Before shoe shopping trip, pull out donated Latin shoes to see if anyone wants them and do a ballroom buy/sell
Sometime before Rutgers, potentially at the end of one of the Sunday workshops
Bus tickets are all purchased, we are ready to go!
Good luck on Saturday, team!
Soft deadline to sign up to take a lesson is Sunday, 2/11
Afterwards will find availability of these couples and find CU Ballroom members who are free to teach them
Two performing couples for the event
Also looking into a collaboration with CU Pops to have live music there!
Leads and Follows Night
Potentially first weekend of March
Suggestion to do some kind of mixer where people must dance with people from the other team before rounds formally start
Sensual Movement Bachata
Offered to create a social performance team for us, accommodate us for classes and socials
Will look into it some more
Outreach with Rhythm Break Cares
Looking to get groups of 2-3 dancers to attend
Spring Break Performance
Columbia is hosting other universities in a conference, looking for performances
Loading new music on it - send Patrick any song requests you have!
Would be nice to have shadowing to see what being on board/e-board is like
Nice improvement in board visibility, board presence at classes so far
Board info session before/after classes or during rounds?
Will send out Google form for people interested in attending Nationals
Board introductions - things we need of each other
Sam (VP) - communication
Crystal (BADC Advisor) - good board spirit and communication, support for E-board
Michaelle (Treasurer) - support
Matt (Secretary) - let him know with enough lead time if you need space booked, etc.
Wenny (Events Chair) - ideas for events, stuff to happen
Patrick (Media Manager) - take videos at the classes he can’t attend, pls
Annie (Competition Chair) - support with the comp chair role
Winnie (Competition Chair) - be there to answer questions
Caitlyn (President) - participation, feedback from all board members
Weekly board meetings - will find new time that works for everyone, TBD
Board bonding - casual little get-togethers (boba, etc.), doing a few more this semester
Feedback from fall semester
Board visibility - board needs to be more present at classes, practices, etc.
Trajectory of board -
Making sure newcomers feel supported at competitions
Public calendar of all classes/events/practices to be posted on the website
Proposal to not have newcomer chair but instead distribute responsibility for making newcomers feel welcome among all board members
Concern that without proper oversight, all of newcomer chair duties may not be fulfilled among all board members
Board consensus to keep newcomer chair position, ask Yimeng to return as newcomer chair this semester
Yimeng will continue to teach newcomer workshops
Newcomer info sessions
Info sessions for newcomers about what competitions are like, what mentorship is like, what club life is like, etc.
To be held before classes on Tuesday, Friday, and Monday
Schedule almost done
Be ready at 9:45 outside C555 to help set up
Wenny and Michaelle getting snacks at 9:30
Sign-in form to be posted soon
First club FNF
Likely March 2 - give newcomers plenty of time to settle in and feel comfortable
THIS IS THE SEMESTER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Will post an interest form soon for interested dancers and choreographers
Rhythm Break Cares
Will reach out to them to see about a collaboration
Youth United Nations
Performance opportunity at UN HEADQUARTERS??!
Will start collecting next week!
Paid for, ordered, should be coming soon!
$5 couples’ classes as club fundraiser around Valentine’s Day?
Taught by club members
Will have to take place during Valentine’s week
May necessitate pushing back Valentine’s Gala to weekend of 2/24 so that people can take the classes then show up to gala and dance
Ordering new team flag with CU Ballroom design
Design contest for team flag to be announced soon
Either weekend of 2/17 or 2/24
Rounds with NYU
Likely after Penn but before Rutgers - late February?
Rutgers v Harvard
75% of those who voted chose to have club fund Rutgers only
New team iPod, will load new music
Please message Patrick with any song requests/suggestions
New board spotlights for Annie, Winnie, and Matt coming soon
New team costumes
Will have photos of new team costumes up in the costume catalog soon
Exclusive Q&A With Marat and Alina, BADC 2017 Show Couple!
We are so excited to bring you this Q&A with Marat and Alina, who will be performing Saturday night at 7 pm! Get your tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10221486 or from the Ticket Information Center (TIC) in the 2nd floor campus lobby of Lerner Hall! If you ordered online, be sure to pick up your physical ticket from the TIC! And without further ado, Marat and Alina:
When did you start dancing? Marat in 1987 in Moscow, Soviet Union, and Alina when she was 9 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg)
How did you meet? We were at the same dance club with the same coaches in Moscow, Russia.
What do you love most about ballroom dancing? We love dancing to good music, the interaction with another person rather than dancing alone, and we love the stress of the competition day with all the adrenaline and endorphins running inside.
What do you love about Standard in particular? Unique flow, unique music, unique proximity between man and lady and therefore unique relationship between them. Extreme coordinational complexity that requires scientific approach in physics, geometry, anatomy, and psychology.
What is your favorite thing about your partner? Alina: Marat is strong, straightforward and honest (and this is what I love and actually hate about him). He dreams big and goes to his goal. He is passionate about the things he loves, and he cares. Marat: Alina is not a selfish person at all. She supports whatever happens. And whatever she does she dedicates herself completely.
What is your favorite dance and why? We don’t have a favorite dance. Often this depends on the day…
What has been your favorite competition to date? British Open, at Winter Gardens in Blackpool, UK, and “The International” at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
What has been your proudest achievement as a partnership? So far we have had this journey in dancing that gave us so much and we hope we have already given something to other people.
What advice do you have for just-beginning dancers? Try your best every day, every practice, every attempt! Pay attention to your teacher’s every word and every move! Sincerely respect your teachers and your peers, especially those whom you compete against! Strong opponents bring the best out of us!
What advice do you have for more experienced dancers? Never forget why you are involved in dancing - the love for it. Multiply this love. Give yourself completely to the dance, and don’t wait for anything in return. Work as hard as you can. Work till you can’t feel your body. Have no excuses. Sacrifice yourself to the dance. Be patient. Never lose faith. Dream and believe you can achieve it.
Can't wait to see their performance on Saturday!
If you are traveling by subway to Columbia, please be advised that 1 trains headed uptown are NOT stopping at Columbia (116th St) all weekend. Instead, get off at 96th St and take the free shuttle bus up to 116th St.
BADC 2017 Schedule Released!
The detailed competition schedule is now available on the Competitor Info page here: Competitor Info
Please be ready at least 30 min before your session so that we can ensure the competition will run on time!
Also please note: - All times are subject to change depending on the situation day-of. - We will be clearing the ballroom twice during the competition, and we request your assistance in taking your belongings and making a speedy exit! - Novice Latin will take place in the afternoon, before the showcase, during the Rhythm session.
BADC 2017 Evening Showcase Tickets Now On Sale!
Tickets for the professional evening showcase featuring Blackpool finalists Marat Gimaev & Alina Basyuk are now on sale! Buy your ticket here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/10221486.
*Front Row and VIP ticket holders get access to reserved front row seats. **VIP ticket holders have the opportunity to meet Marat and Alina after the show!
Note: To watch the professional showcase from 7-8 pm, you MUST purchase a ticket. To watch the remaining Open events after 8 pm, you do NOT need to purchase a ticket - the rest of the competition is free and open to the public!
BADC 2017 Regular Registration Open Through November 19th!
3 weeks left to register for BADC 2017! Register here: http://register.o2cm.com/?event=big. Be sure to check our Competitor Info page for more information about competition policies and how to pay for registration! Hope to see you in December!
BADC 2017 Early Registration Is Open!
Early Registration for BADC 2017 is open! Register at http://register.o2cm.com/?event=big for a discounted rate through October 22nd! See you on the floor!
We are so thrilled to present this year’s show couple, Marat Gimaev and Alina Basyuk!
Marat and Alina started dancing together in 1999. Their incredible list of accomplishments includes their titles as Blackpool Professional Rising Star champions, three-time World Amateur 10-dance champions, two-time World Cup champions, and finalists in the UK Open, International, and World Championships. Most recently — on their last night before retiring from competition — they became Blackpool Professional Standard finalists.
Come see them perform a wonderful showcase at BADC 2017!
We are excited to announce that BADC 2017 will take place Saturday-Sunday, December 2-3, 2017. Hope to CU there!
Almost finished, will be announcing final boards likely at EOY party
Another practice to be held tomorrow
Will be ready to perform at EOY showcase
Jackets have arrived!
T-shirts all distributed
Housing assignments have been sent out - please confirm with your hosts if you haven’t already!
Pre-comp email to be sent out tomorrow - look out for that!
Letter has been sent!
Newcomer rounds tonight
Feedback form will be sent out this coming listserv and posted in Facebook group
Fashion show cancelled - not enough participants :(
Will still be lit though
Last two spirit days tonight and tomorrow (wear blue and white and CU Ballroom swag tomorrow!)
Dancing in Bryant Park - Wednesday, May 3rd, 6-8 pm
Cool club bonding event, check the event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/439005116491752/
Thursday, May 4th, 7 pm in Schapiro Lounge, event and details tba
These are the last board meeting minutes of the year! Thanks for a great year, fam!