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The UMBC formation team was comprised of 18 collegiate dancers who shared a love for ballroom dance and a desire to grow better as a group and as individuals. The team was active year round, with semester try-outs and annual routines. In the past they have performed at such venues as: the Atlantic Ballroom, the Promenade Ballroom, UMBC Basketball Games, Gardel's, and other local and campus events.
The formation team is no longer actively competing, although there are members of the UMBC club who would like to see its return. One of their last seasons brought home a championship trophy from 2007 Pittsburgh Dancesport Collegiate Challenge. They planned to enter the Collegiate Ohio Star Ball and defend their title at the Pittsburgh Dancesport Collegiate Challenge in 2008.
The formation team was offered as a class which built on the intermediate international class with more advanced figures and emphasis on technique. Team members were expected to attend all classes and practices.
This was an international team, professionally coached by Genya Bartashevich. For more info contact the current Program Director for the UMBC Ballroom Dance Community, the current Program Director for the UMBC Ballroom Dance Community.
- Prerequisite is some previous dance experience (preferably Ballroom) and permission of the instructor.
- When the classes were International Ballroom, the Intermediate International class was required for all Formation Team members..
- There was a short, informal audition in which people were asked to stay on the
team or just stick around in the class.
- As it was a team class, your partner as well as the rest of the team would depend on you, so punctuality was requested of everyone. You would've been asked to speak with the team captain and the instructor if you needed to miss a class or a practice session.
- Additional practice periods were sometimes scheduled in preparation for performances. Attendance was mandatory. These extra practice periods would be decided and announced as the semester progressed.
- In the past, people were welcome to use this extra practice period as preparation for competitions.
If you would like to help reform the formation team, you could send an e-mail to our UMBC Ballroom
Auditions were held at the beginning of every semester. In the future, when we bring this back, people will be able to
check the schedule
for auditioning times and locations.
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