Executive Board Members

To find out more about what each board member is responsible for, please see our Bylaws (About Us>Bylaws).

President

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Janna Di Vico

Hi there! I'm Janna, this year's president. I am a senior here at UConn majoring in animal science. I joined the team in the fall of 2015 and absolutely fell in love with the sport. I dance at the silver level, and my favorite dance is the Viennese Waltz.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or to just say hello!

Contact Janna (president@uconnballroom.com)

Vice President

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Francesca Fonzetti

Hello! My name is Francesca Fonzetti and I am currently the Vice President of the UConn Ballroom Dance Team! I am a junior who is double majoring in English and Economics. I joined ballroom my freshman year and I’m loving every second of it! My favorite styles are Standard and Rhythm, and I’m especially known for my love of Tango. I love the team, so much and would love to meet and help out new members. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

Contact Francesca (vice-president@uconnballroom.com)

Treasurer

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Steven Chick

Hey Everyone! My name is Steven Chick and I am the Treasurer of the UConn Ballroom Team. I am currently a junior studying Computer Science and Engineering and German Studies. I have been with the team for 4 semesters and I currently compete silver in all four styles.

I like all of the styles equally, for each offer really fun dances and because I also love dancing. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting everyone!

Contact Steven (treasurer@uconnballroom.com)

Secretary

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Amanda Blazka

Amanda is a junior from Pennsylvania majoring in Human Development & Family Studies and double-minoring in Sociology and Film Studies. She is extremely thankful to have found her place at UConn within the Ballroom Dance Team and views competition days as the best days of the school year! She has competed since freshman year and her favorite styles are Smooth and Latin. In her spare time, you can find her obsessing over classic film, crafting, playing the Clarinet and eating an obscene amount of junk food. Although she may be an intimidating 5’ 9,” she is extremely approachable and is willing to meet and help anyone on the team. She is super excited to serve as Secretary!

Contact Amanda (secretary@uconnballroom.com)

Team Captain

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Victoria Dumeng

Hey dancers! My name is Victoria, and I’m so excited to be helping out as Team Captain this year! I’ve
been on the UConn Ballroom Team for about two years now and am a Silver dancer in Latin, Rhythm,
Smooth, and Standard. In just a short while after discovering ballroom, I knew I had found my passion,
and I love being able to enjoy it with everyone in club and team. My goal is to create a space for
everyone to discover, enjoy, and learn more about ballroom in the fun, supportive atmosphere that I
was welcomed with. If you ever need anything or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Really looking forward to another wonderful year with all of you!

Contact Victoria (captain@uconnballroom.com)

Ad-hoc Board Members

Club Director

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Joseph Irizarry

Hey, everyone! I’m Joe and I’m excited to be our new Club Director. I’m a sophomore majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I joined ballroom dance last year and I’m really glad I’ve been able to come down week after week and dance with you all. Currently, I’m a bronze level dancer in all four styles, but my favorite style is Standard, especially Tango and Quickstep.

Feel free to reach out to me about anything; questions, suggestions, comments, etc. Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Contact Joseph (club@uconnballroom.com)

Webmaster

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Ben Toth

Hey, I'm Ben, the Webmaster for the club. I am a fifth year senior majoring in communication and economics. I've been on the ballroom team since the spring of 2014 and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the time I've spent dancing. I'm a gold level competitor for Rhythm and Latin and then silver for Smooth and Standard. My favorite dance is Paso Doble. If you need help with anything I'm here to help.

Contact Ben (webmaster@uconnballroom.com)

Competition Coordinator

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Scott Loescher

Scott joined the UConn Ballroom Dance Team as a freshman in 2006, and has been hooked ever since. He currently only competes in Open Standard, but has competed in Open Smooth as well as Gold Rhythm and Latin. Outside of ballroom, he teaches Biology at several colleges in Connecticut.
If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming 2017 Husky Classic Ballroom Dance Competition, please don’t hesitate to contact Scott. He compulsively checks his email and will respond within 24 hours, if not sooner

Contact Scott (competition@uconnballroom.com)

Quartermaster

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Ryan Murphy

Hi everyone! I am the quartermaster for UConn Ballroom. I am a junior at UConn and I’m majoring in animal science. I transferred here last semester and couldn’t be happier that I found ballroom. I went to my first lesson expecting to never come back, but I fell completely in love with dancing and found some of my best friends on the team. I am a bronze level dancer in all four styles and my favorite dance is quickstep. I am excited to work with the board this year and our new members. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Contact Ryan (quartermaster@uconnballroom.com)

Community Outreach Chair

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Rebecca Chalmers

Hey there everyone! My name is Rebecca Chalmers and I am the Community Outreach Chair for UConn Ballroom. I am currently a Sophomore studying Technical Theater and Design with a focus in Costume Construction. I joined Ballroom last year and I am currently dancing in the bronze level. I can honestly tell you that it didn't take me very long to find a place here in ballroom and I love every minute of being here with everyone.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to ask me or any one of my fellow officers! Thanks and have a great day!

Contact Rebecca (community-outreach@uconnballroom.com)

Faculty Advisor

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George Gibson

Contact George (gibson@phys.uconn.edu)

Web Developer

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Adam Peacock

Adam is one of the longest-standing members on the team, and while he isn't around all that much anymore he has graciously offered his services to help maintain and develop the website. Adam works professionally as a Systems Administrator and is continuing his education at Central Connecticut State University. When he isn't at work or school, he can often be found dancing at either Ballroom Fever or North American Dance Academy in Enfield, CT. Adam competes throughout the New England collegiate ballroom circuit in Open Smooth and Gold Standard.

Contact Adam (webmaster@uconnballroom.com)