SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th - Brown University
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th - Tufts University
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd - Princeton
SATURDAY, DEC. 9th - SUNDAY, DEC. 10th - Columbia University
*Not sponsored. The team as a whole is not attending, but we like to keep our dancers informed of competition opportunities! We can help to organize those who are interested, but no official rides list will go out, and the full rate would be paid directly to the Competition if you choose to attend.
PLEASE NOTE: Most competitions require dancers to register via o2cm: https://www.o2cm.com/Events.html. The UConn Ballroom Team will take care of competitor registration for all sponsored competitions, but you must have an existing account and ID# for our Secretary to use. Any and all registration questions can be directed to Linnea at email@example.com.
I've never danced before, can I still compete?
Yes! Collegiate competitions start at the Newcomer level, so you are able to compete even within your first semester!
How many competitions can I participate in as a UCBD member?
UCBD will typically sponsor 3 competitions for team members at a free or discounted rate depending on the semester and available funds. However, there are usually more competitions throughout the year that our members attend. These extra competitions are funded by the individual dancers.
Can I spectate at a competition without actually competing?
Yes, absolutely! We highly encourage spectating at least one competition to see what it's like. Competitions are generally a really fun time and a great bonding experience for our dancers! You can come purely to watch, or even help our competitors get ready with hair, costumes, etc. We'll usually have dinner together afterwards too to celebrate the day!
How do I know what level to compete in?
Our lessons are taught according to the levels that are used at most collegiate competitions - Newcomer, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Open (Pre-Champ and Champ) - which makes it easier to know which level to enter if you decide to compete! However, our Instructors would be the best people to speak with if you are not sure when and/or what level to compete in! But, if you'd like some general information:
Newcomers are typically in their very first semester of lessons. Bronze dancers are within their 2nd and 3rd semesters of dancing. Silver dancers are typically in their 4th or higher semesters of dancing, and their placement becomes a bit more dependent on the points they have in the collegiate system. Gold and Open dancers usually make the conscious decision to compete at these levels depending on their dance experience, points in the collegiate system, practice etiquette, and coaching recommendation.
Do I need a partner to compete?
Yes and no. (Lol) While you do need a partner to compete, it does not have to be one consistent partner. Our members have all danced with different partners, and sometimes this does lead to consistent partnerships depending on schedule, drive, experience, etc. However, collegiate competitions often offer a partner search option to help pair dancers together the day of. You will typically have some time before you are called to the floor on competition day to meet and maybe go over some steps with the partner they've helped you find.
Going to a competition and not sure what to bring? Well we've made this checklist to help you as you're packing!
Here's a list of all the competitions that UConn Ballroom Dance has attended over the years, including links to any photos that we've taken of our dancers!
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2023
Crusader Classic (Holy Cross) Competition *
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023
Terrier Dancesport Competition (Boston University) *
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2023
Worcester Classic Ballroom Competition (2023 WPI Photos)
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023
UMASS Ballroom Competition (2023 UMASS Photos)
SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2023
RPI Ballroom Competition *
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - SUNDAY APRIL 30, 2023
MIT Open Ballroom Competition (2-Day Event) (2023 MIT Photos)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 2022
Harvard Beginners *
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 2022
Brown Ballroom Dance Competition (2022 Photos)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 2022
Tufts Ballroom Competition