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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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!

Contact Joseph (president@uconnballroom.com)

Vice President

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Kaitlyn Wallace

Hi Everyone! I’m Katie and I’m vice-president of our team. I’m a political science/ communications double major, so I might be the actual vice-president someday. Until then, you can find me dancing every Thursday night. If you have any questions or suggestions about our team, please reach out!

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.

Contact Kaitlyn (vice-president@uconnballroom.com)

Treasurer

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Erin Shapland

Hey guys! I'm Erin and I'm the treasurer for UConn ballroom. I'm a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. I joined ballroom in the spring of 2017 and I am dancing Silver level this semester for the first time. My favorite styles are Standard and Rhythm, and I love anything in the Swing family. If you need anything don't hesitate to shoot me an email, I'm always happy to help!

Contact Erin (treasurer@uconnballroom.com)

Secretary

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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!

Contact Amanda (secretary@uconnballroom.com)

Team Captain

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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!

Contact Rebecca (captain@uconnballroom.com)

Ad-hoc Board Members

Club Director

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Benjamin Hellmann

Hello and welcome to Ballroom. I'm a junior, majoring in computer engineering, and this year's club director. I am extremely excited to be working with everyone who walks in the door from the most elegant to those who've never danced ballroom a day in their life.

My first ever experience with Ballroom started here at UConn only one year ago as a sophomore and I want to make sure we are as welcoming to you as last year's club was to me.

If you want to contact me about the club or just want to talk you can email me or come say hi at club. I hope I can help you learn a little about dance and have fun while you're at it!

Contact Benjamin (club@uconnballroom.com)

Webmaster

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Harrison Burr

Hello there everybody! I'm Harrison, the nerd behind the site for the club. I'm a sophomore majoring in Digital Media and Design (concentrating in Web Design, so this is fitting).

I've long since had an interest in ballroom and thanks to UCONN got a chance to try it out and love it for everything I imagined it was and is. I joined in the fall of my freshman year of 2017 and have been on the team since. I look forward to learning so much more and continuing to improve what I (think) have already learned. My favorite dances are Tango, Foxtrot, and Waltz. I'm a Bronze level competitor. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions! Harrison Out.

Contact Harrison (webmaster@uconnballroom.com)

Competition Coordinator

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Victoria Dumeng

Hi everyone! My name is Victoria, and I am the Competition Coordinator for UConn Ballroom’s Husky Classic. I’ve been with UConn Ballroom for about 3 years now, and I am currently working towards competing as a pre-champ latin and standard dancer. I originally moved to CT from New Jersey, and it was UConn Ballroom’s team that finally helped me settle and discover my passion. Looking forward to another wonderful year with this wonderful group of people! Always feel free to let me know if you have any questions

Contact Victoria (competition@uconnballroom.com)

Quartermaster

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Helen Bian

Hi everyone! My name is Helen and I’m the quartermaster for UConn Ballroom. I am a sophomore on the pre-med track, and I am double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Spanish. Currently, I am a bronze level dancer and I honestly can’t imagine a life without ballroom or my incredible teammates. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

Contact Helen (quartermaster@uconnballroom.com)

Community Outreach Chair

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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!

Contact Deshauna (community-outreach@uconnballroom.com)

Faculty Advisor

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Bradley Wright

I do empirical research on the interplay between religion, spirituality, and well-being, mostly in the context of American Christianity.

Contact Bradley (bradley.wright@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 continues to offer his services to help maintain and develop the website. Adam works professionally as a DevOps Engineer in Hartford, CT and also performs IT services to various small business in the area. When he isn't at work, he can often be found dancing at Ballroom Fever in Enfield, CT. Adam competes throughout the New England Collegiate, USA Dance, and NDCA ballroom circuits in Pre-Champ and Champ Smooth.

Contact Adam (webmaster@uconnballroom.com)