Mentors

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.

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Sam Loescher

Sam's information will be coming soon!

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Deshauna Hammond

Hey everyone! My name is Deshauna and I'll be the community outreach chair this year. I started with the team 3 years ago and dance gold in all 4 styles. I fell in love with dance from the first day and love spreading that joy to others through the many leadership and mentorship positions I've held on the team, as well as with friendship. If anyone has any questions about anything, feel free to reach out to me, I'll be glad to help!

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Monica Ly

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.ly@uconn.edu)

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Heidi Levin

Heidi's information will be coming soon!

Junior Mentors

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Amanda Blazka

Amanda is a senior 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 return as Secretary for this year!

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Joseph Irizarry

Hey, Everyone! I'm Joe and I'm excited to be our new President. I'm a Junior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I joined ballroom dance in the fall of 2016 and I'm really glad to have been able to come down week after week and dance with you all. Currently I'm a Silver level dancer in all four styles, but favorite ones are Standard and Latin.

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

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Rebecca Chalmers

Hey there everyone! My name is Rebecca Chalmers and I am the Team Captain for UConn Ballroom.

I am currently a Junior studying Technical Theater and Design with a focus in Costume Construction. I joined Ballroom as a freshman and I am currently dancing in the silver level. I can honestly tell you that it didn't take me very long to find a place here in this ballroom family and I love every minute of being here with everyone.

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

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Christina Gorbenko

Christina's information will be coming soon!

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Jay Grabon

Jay's information will be coming soon!