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Ballroom Dance Company's Harry Potter-Themed Performance Wins National Competition for Sixth Year

The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company this weekend took first place in the formation event at the National Collegiate Dancesport Championships in Columbus, Ohio, performing a Harry Potter-themed standard medley to a standing ovation. It was the team's sixth victory in the formation event, which mixes tango, waltz, foxtrot and other dances.

“They kept complimenting us out the door – judges, contestants,’’ says Paul Roach ’07, who is in his first year as director of the company. “We had people from other colleges asking us how we run our program.”

The decade-old dance company has 80 members and draws hundreds more participants to its campus events. Countless hours went into rehearsals for the national competition. "It's pretty exciting when you get into a tailsuit and you dance and people applaud," says Joshua Leavitt '10. "Everyone is cheering and it feels so good and you realize 'yes, I can dance."