Cal Poly Mustang Ball - February 9, 2019

Ballroom & Latin DanceSport Competition

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Workshops & Private Lessons

On Sunday, February 4th, we will be holding two Latin workshops and private lessons in Chumash Auditorium with several of our professional staff! We are offering some great deals for both the workshop and private lessons. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to obtain instruction and valuable dance insights from these top dance professionals!

Workshop Schedule

The topics for each workshop are listed below.

Time Instructor Topic
9:30am - 10:30am Jonathan & Lorena Beyond Bronze Smooth Tango: Demystifying Silver Tango and above
10:30am - 11:30pm Ikaika Dowsett Standard Technique (also applicable for smooth competitors)
11:30am - 12:00pm - Lunch Break
12:00pm - 1:00pm Ikaika Dowsett Q&A with pros/judges (you can bring your lunch)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Roberta Sun Dance positions and dance position changes: technique that will work in every dance.

The dance workshops will focus on techniques that are broadly applicable rather than particular choreography or style (other than the Smooth Tango class). These workshops will be useful to dancers of all levels. Knowledge of particular steps or figures will not be required. All workshops will be held in the Chumash Auditorium in the University Union on campus.

Workshop Pricing

Prices Single class All 4 classes
Students $10 $25
Non-students $15 $35

Private Lessons


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Instructor Bios

Ikaika Dowsett

Ikaika is an American ballroom dancer, coach and choreographer. He specializes in the International Standard division where he is a national finalist and has won several championships. As a coach, he has produced and currently works with numerous US national champions. He also coaches the Stanford Ballroom Dance Team, and many members of the SJSU and Berkeley teams.

Ikaika is offering private lessons for $110 for 45 minutes. Cal Poly Students get a special subsidized rate of $55 for 45 minutes.

Roberta Sun

Roberta started dancing in 1988 and her first competition was in 1989. Her early training included standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. She started teaching and competing professionally in 1994 when she graduated from high school. Roberta has competed professionally in both standard and smooth and in 1997 won professional rising star smooth with Jonathan Roberts. In addition, She holds a bachelors of science in kinesiology from San Jose State University. Her students have competed and placed at nationals during most of the last 20 years of her teaching career. Roberta is whole heartedly dedicated to her students as people and as dancers.

Lorena Bravo

Lorena Bravo was first introduced to the world of competitive ballroom dancing while in her freshman year at the University of Southern California. On a whim, she decided to take a lesson with the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance team only to find herself completely enamored with every aspect of ballroom dancing.

During her time in the collegiate competitive scene, Lorena competed in the International Latin and American Smooth categories. As with many collegiate dancers, she had a number of partners and became very involved in the inner workings of her team.

Upon graduating, Lorena continued to dance competitively as an independent. However, it was not until October 2004, when she began dancing Pro/Am American Smooth with Jonathan Atkinson that her dancing really took off. Although she was in the middle of her Masters program, it was then that she began to contemplate a serious career in ballroom dancing. In the following years, she won numerous competitions; the culminating event being the 2007 United States National Dancesport Championships, where she won the national title in the Open American Smooth Pro/Am Championship.

Lorena has since become a professional ballroom dancer and teaches out of Los Angeles, California. Although she competes solely in the American Smooth category, she continues to study the remaining three categories in order to be as effective and versatile a coach as possible. Fittingly enough, the first lesson she taught as a professional was for the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team, the very team that initially sparked her love of dance.

Now competing professionally with Jonathan Atkinson, they are steadily improving their craft and have made the finals of many major competitions

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