General Information

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What We Do
Times & Locations
Coaching
Membership


What We Do


The Harvard Ballroom Dance Team is an undergraduate organization at Harvard College to promote Ballroom and Latin Dancing in the Harvard community and to represent Harvard and collegiate ballroom to the larger Ballroom community through outreach and competitions.
By combining professional coaching with dedicated student teaching, Harvard Ballroom has sharpened its competitive edge.  Harvard dancers do well in Northeastern and International competitions, and has in the past held the title of national collegiate champion.

Over 200 Harvard students learn, dance, and compete together every year. We are a fun and supportive community, holding frequent social events and creating opportunities for freshmen to get to know upperclassmen. Many people find their closest friends on the team.

If you are considering joining HBDT, read on! Team members usually have no prior dance experience and no partner – you don’t need one either. Just bring yourself and be ready to have fun.


Times & Locations


Rookie classes begin September 1st.
Intermediate and Advanced classes begin on September 5th.
See below for times and locations.

— Rookie Lessons

American Smooth Thursdays, 9:30-10:30pm Adams Dining Hall
International Latin & American Rhythm Tuesdays, 10:00pm-midnight Lowell Lecture Hall
International Standard Thursdays,10:30-11:30pm Adams Dining Hall

— Intermediate Lessons

International Standard Mondays, 9:30-10:45pm Northwest Labs – Basement
International Latin Wednesdays, 9:15pm-10:30pm Currier Dance Studio
American Smooth Sundays, 12:30-1:45pm Lowell Lecture Hall

— Advanced Lessons

International Standard Mondays, 9:30-10:45pm Northwest Labs – Basement
International Latin Wednesdays, 8:00-9:15pm Currier Dance Studio

— Vet Runthroughs

International Standard Sundays, 7:00-9:00pm Malkin Athletic Center
American Smooth Mondays, 8:30-9:30pm Northwest Labs – Basement
International Latin Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm Adams Dining Hall


Coaching


advanced & Intermediate Latin

Olga Kinnard

Olga began her training at the age of five as a Rhythmic gymnast in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from Tufts University with Magna Cum Laude in Biology. Shortly after graduation she moved to New York City to train intensively in Latin American Dancing. Her awards include:

– 2001 United Kingdom Open to the World Professional RS Finalist
– 2003 & 2004 Canadian Professional Vice Champion
– 2004 World Professional South American Show Dance finalist
– 2005 World Pro-AM (instructor) Latin American Champion
– 2007 U.S. National and North American RS Professional Champion
– 2007 U.S. Open to the World RS Professional Champion
– 2008 North-American Professional vice-champion
– 2009 National Professional Mambo Champion

In many years of teaching Olga produced national and world pro-am champions, US Junior vice champions, North-American pre-teen champions.


 advanced & intermediate Standard

Anatoli & Irena Gorolevici

Gorolevici

Originally from Moldova, Anatoli started dancing at the age of 7. Anatoli’s first ballroom dance competition was when he was only eight years old. He competed in International Latin, International Standard and Ten Dance Championships. As a child, Anatoli won the Moldavian National Championshipsin the Juvenile and Junior divisions several times. At the age of sixteen, Anatoli moved to Italy where he continued to improve his dancing in Naples, Milano and Rimini. In 2002 and 2003, Anatoli won the Italian National Championships in Formation Standard. In 2006, Anatoli moved to Boston, MA and currently is competing in Professional International Standard with his partner Irina Gorolevici. Their current coaches are some of the best coaches in the World. Anatoli and Irina are finalists in all the major competitions in the United States today. As an instructor, Anatoli enjoys inspiring his students to continually push themselves to be the best dancers they can be.

Originally Irina is from Kazakhstan. She started dancing at the age of 8. When Irina was twelve, she was a Bronze medalist at her first National Championship in International Standard,Vice Champion in International Latin and Ten Dance National Champion in Kazakhstan. Since then Irina has won the National Championship four times. Irina was a finalist in all major International Championships and was selected to represent Kazakhstan in the World. Representing Kazakhstan, Irina won many titles including first place in the International Standard division and second place in theInternational Latin division at the Open Asian and Pacific Region Championships. At the age of sixteen, Irina moved to Russia to develop her dancing and education. She studied at the Tymen Academy of Art and Choreography and also competed all over the World. In Tymen, Russia, Irina was invited to join the Standard Formation Team “Vera” – 10 Time Russian Champions, World and European Champions. In 2007, Irina finished her studies and became a Professional Dancer, Art Director and Choreographer. She accepted an invitation to the United States and moved to Boston where she continues to focus on her Professional career. Irina enjoys teaching Ballroom Dancing and her students are always a great example of it. Currently Irina is competing with her partner Anatoli Gorolevici in the Professional International Standard Division. They work with the best coaches in America and in the World. Anatoli and Irina are finalists in all the major Ballroom Competitions today.


Rookie Latin

Giorgio Gaglia

Giorgio began dancing ballroom with the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team in 2009. He holds a PhD from Harvard in Neuroscience, and he is currently a postdoctoral fellow doing biomedical research at MIT. He competes at the Championship level in Latin and Standard.


rookie standard

Courtney Delmonico
 Cropped MAC 2015

Courtney started ballroom dancing at the University of Connecticut in Fall 2005.  After graduating with her BS in Mathematics, she took graduate courses in Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island, and started working as a Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA.  Courtney currently competes in Championship-Level Standard, Open-Level Smooth, and Syllabus-Level Latin and Rhythm.  Courtney’s favorite dance is the Samba, and she wants to encourage everyone to try new things and not be afraid to put themselves out there.

 


rookie, Intermediate & Advanced smooth

Haley Smith-Fries

Haley Smith-Fries

Haley began dancing ballroom at Boston University in 2008. After graduating with a degree in neuroscience, Haley began work at Studio 665 in Woburn as Manager and Instructor. She also is an event manager for Dance Legends and the Eastern United States Dancesport Championships. Haley currently competes in Open Level American Smooth. Haley’s favorite dance is American Foxtrot and she loves to give competition and costume advice!

Membership


Membership is open to all Harvard college undergraduates, other Harvard affiliates, and non-affiliates at the discretion of the executive board. If you would like to join the team, come to one of our informational events or contact our Rookie Captain at rookie@harvardballroom.org or Captain at captain@harvardballroom.org.