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Ballroom Dancing 101

Lettu shares about her ballroom dancing class at Carleton.

Lettu shares about her ballroom dancing class at Carleton.

Growing up, I knew all Disney princesses had one thing in common: ballroom dancing. From a young age, ballroom dancing held an aurora of magic and elegance in my eyes. After choosing Carleton, ballroom dancing was one of the classes I couldn’t wait to take! Although in Disney movies the characters had western dance styles, at Carleton, I have been learning dances ranging from salsa to swing.

How do dance classes work ?

Rebecca and Stuart- our dance instructors
(They had special permission to have contact because they live in the same pod)

Every student is required to take four terms of PE credit courses at Carleton. Fortunately, there are a lot of options to choose from, like ballroom dancing! Initially, I was a little nervous because I did not have a lot of experience, but surprisingly, there were classes for all levels. For the beginner’s level, classes are held two days a week for an hour and 30 minutes; however, when you are having fun, time goes by so fast! Now that I have been taking classes for a couple of weeks, I have mastered the basics of tango, cha-cha, rumba, and waltz!

Dance classes are offered on zoom and in person, with social distancing restrictions. Since I did not have much space in my room, I had chosen to attend the in-person classes. To adhere to the COIVD-19 regulations, everyone verifies their negative test results before entering the gym.

What is my Favorite part?

In these classes, I am not only learning about the physical movements of dances but also their cultural significance! This class has also opened doors for me to meet others who share a love for dance and music. Although this club is a PE credit class, the atmosphere is so interactive and fun that you will forget you are actually working out!

This is Lettu Konshie and she is an incoming freshman at Carleton College. Lettu hopes to spend her freshman year getting to know her peers and exploring the town of Northfield! During her free time, she loves to read and watch movies that explore new ideas, concepts, or lifestyles. Meet the other bloggers!