Mentors are a great resource for new dancers! Each of them has been on the team for at least a semester and is dedicated to helping you grow your dancing. You will see all of these mentors at practices, hard at work. Some of the mentors will also be teaching your introductory lessons. Feel free to approach mentors at practice and ask questions.
Below is some information on who our mentors are, and how to contact them for additional help.
Howdy! I joined the UConn Ballroom Team when I was a freshman back in 2006 and I have been hooked ever since. I currently only compete in Open Standard, but I have competed in Open Smooth as well as Gold Rhythm and Latin. Outside of ballroom I teach Biology at several colleges across Connecticut.
I love teaching, whether it is how to do a natural turn or how evolution works. If there is anything I can do to help you improve, grow, or feel more comfortable and confident doing this strange sport please let me know. If you would like help outside of practice, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Contact Scott (email@example.com)
Hi everyone! I'm Sam, a Mentor for the team.
A little bit about myself: I graduated UConn Spring 2014, with a degree in MIS. I am now working full-time, so I am not around the team as often as I used to be. This will be my 6th year as a team member, and 4th year serving as a mentor for the team. I have served on the board as well, as Treasurer and President in the past.
I am currently dancing Open level for Latin, Smooth, and Rhythm. I dance at the Gold level for Standard. Please feel free to contact me for help during or outside of practice! While my schedule outside of ballroom is very full, I will always do my best to set aside enough time to help anyone who seeks it.
Contact Sam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello! I'm Monica, a junior mentor for the team. I'm currently a grad student at UConn in psychology. I started dancing ballroom in 2011, and now compete in Open Smooth and Standard. In the past, I've competed Open Latin too. I like to think about dance in terms of body mechanics and alignment, so I cross-train in ballet, jazz, and modern. I also compete avidly in West Coast Swing. Don't hesitate to ask me about a step or a movement, or anything! I'm happy to help and be a part of the team.
Contact Monica (Monica.email@example.com)