Brenna Wrubel and Bhuvan Agrawal demonstrate their competition crossover break at the 2022 National Ballroom DanceSport Championships.
Brenna Wrubel and Bhuvan Agrawal demonstrate their competition crossover break at the 2022 National Ballroom DanceSport Championships.

Carnegie Mellon Dancer’s First Nationals

By Brenna Wrubel, Carnegie Mellon University’s Ballroom Club
Contributing Author
Photos courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University’s Ballroom Club
I had a fantastic time and can’t wait for next year!

I started dancing this past August at Carnegie Mellon University’s Ballroom Club and fell in love with it immediately. Cheering on my teammates, ogling the pretty dresses, and having a blast on the dance floor; what’s not to love? 

This Nationals was only my third competition with the team, and it was in my hometown! Pittsburgh has been my home for nearly all my life, and I was delighted to be able to share my beautiful city with competitors from across the country.  I also relished the opportunity to sleep in my own bed at night.

One thing I really enjoyed was having a direct marketplace to exchange costumes. I didn’t wind up purchasing anything, but several of my friends did.  It was nice to be able to try on outfits before buying and knowing that the seller is a fellow dancer. It was something I hadn’t seen at the previous two competitions I have been to before, but really appreciated.

Being able to compete both Adult and Collegiate was also a huge bonus! My regular partner graduated, while I am still in college, so this system allowed me to still compete with him while dancing a few Collegiate Styles with other partners. I wound up leading two other dancers from my school who didn’t have leads for Smooth, Latin, and Rhythm. It was my first time ever leading at a competition! I was delighted to be able to dance with my partner while allowing other dancers the opportunity to compete in more styles.

I would like to thank everyone who made this possible, including USA Dance, the scholarship donors, the volunteers, workshop teachers, and all the wonderful dancers. I had a fantastic time and can’t wait for next year!

The Carnegie Mellon University Ballroom Club dancers claimed the overall third place in the collegiate competition!
The Carnegie Mellon University Ballroom Club dancers claimed the overall third place in the collegiate competition!

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