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Nick Enge has been dancing for 14 years, at first on stage, and later, socially. After falling in love with social dancing, he co-authored a book with Richard Powers entitled Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living. When not dancing, you can find him searching for the next greatest dance move in his collection of several thousand dance manuals.
Melissa Enge has been dancing since the age of three, in a wide variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, Indian fusion, and social dancing. Before coming to UT, she spent five years partnering the social dance classes taught by Richard Powers at Stanford University. When not dancing, you can find her breaking things and then helping people fix them as a quality assurance engineer at Indeed.
Abby Gail Trino is a third year corporate communications major. This is her second semester as a CA. Her favorite dance style is salsa (especially rueda de casino!), west coast swing, and waltz (it's hard to pick just one!). She loves social dance because it's a great way to make new friends, listen to cool music, and just have fun! Social dancing is the easiest way to make her laugh and put a smile on her face. It's taught her to enjoy the moment. Plus, everyone needs a good dance break every once in a while!
Alan Lo is a third year math major. This is his fourth semester as a CA. His favorite dance style is salsa. He loves social dance because he can talk to friends, meet new people, dance to fun and cool music. What's not to love. He honestly just has a blast every time and always look forward to the next time he'll be able to dance.
Anson "Cooper" Fryar is a sophomore. This is his first semester as a CA. His favorite dance styles are west coast swing and bachata. Whenever her dances, he feels like he has left the Land of the Living and entered the Land of Dance. His worries about his body, his skill, and everything else slip his mind. The only thing that he thinks about is dancing with his dance partner. There was no longer any people around them, the person he is dancing with is no longer them, and he is no longer me. We are all just dancers dancing.
Arushii Nadar is a fourth year Neuroscience major. This is her fifth semester being a CA. Her favorite styles are bachata, cross-step waltz and west coast swing. She loves social dance because it has really helped her come out of her shell and be more social. She loves sharing her joy of dance with others, so do not hesitate to talk to her with any questions and/or comments!
Benjamin Chaiprasert is a third year biology major. This is his second semester as a CA. His favorite dance style is east coast swing. He loves social dance because it's so infectiously fun!
Brent Atchison is a fifth year computer engineering major. This is his fifth semester as a CA, with Lindy hop and west coast swing as his two favorite dance styles. He loves social dance not only because it taught him how to dance, but also because it helped him build confidence, allowing him to open up to more people. He has met a lot of new friends and great people through the UT social dance program.
Catherine Parish is a fourth year human relations major. This is her sixth semester being a CA. Her favorite dance style is cross-step waltz. She loves social dance because it is an awesome way to relax, have fun, and make new friends.
Chi Bao is a fourth year math teaching major. This is his second semester as a CA. His favorite dance style is bachata. He loves social dance because it forces him to focus on the moment. It is like meditation where you live in the moment, pay attention to little details in the now so that you have no room to worry about the past or future. Social dance also forces him to interact with others which he doesn't normally do. As a result, he has made a lot of friends through social dance.
Dara Cline is a super senior computer science major. This is her third semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are salsa, bachata, swing, and west coast (it's impossible to have just one favorite!). She loves social dance because it's fun, and has helped her become less shy, build self-confidence, and meet lots of new people.
Elizabeth Smith is a second year. This is her first semester as a CA. She loves all dance styles, but if she has to choose, her favorites are cross-step waltz and country two step. She loves social dance because it unites movement and music, and she's happiest when she's moving.
Emma Jaud is a third year math major. This is her first semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are salsa and cross-step waltz. She loves social dance because it gave her a place to express myself in a different way, helped her gain more confidence and allowed her to meet new people who love dancing as much as she does.
Geoffrey Tian is a third year electrical engineering major. This is his second semester as a CA. His favorite dance styles are west coast swing and waltz. He loves social dance because there are so many levels to it! He loves seeing how confident and sexy people are when they step onto the dance floor and they know what they're doing and look like they've been doing it for years, but he also lives for those kinda awkward, kinda humorous, but always fun moments when you're just learning a new dance, or move, or step and you finally nail it. And those moments are more fun when there are more people around to meet and get to know! Adding a social aspect to dance makes it even more amazing!
Jasmine Wong is a fourth year applied movement science major. This is her second semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are bachata, salsa, and east coast swing because they are so different yet all so fun and challenging! She loves social dance because it brings joy and connects people! When you dance, you and your partner are learning together and learning about each other! Most important is to have fun! Then give each other acceptance and a positive vibe, and spread this fun around! :)
Jordan Cline is a third year. This is her first semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are west coast swing and salsa. She loves social dance because it's a great stress reliever and it's so much fun. It's also allowed her to meet so many amazing people that she wouldn't have met otherwise.
Roland Ip is a senior. This is his first semester as a CA. His favorite dance styles are salsa and waltz. He loves social dance because of how organic and spontaneous each dance becomes. He enjoys the rush of the moment as he's sharing a dance with a partner.
Seongyong Kim is a fourth year math major. This is his third semester as a CA. His favorite dances are east coast swing, west coast swing, and bachata. He loves social dance because it's an exciting way to socialize with new people and express himself. He was a street dancer when he was in Korea.
Sofia Valdivieso-Sinyakov is a junior. This is her third semester as a CA. Her favorite dance style is salsa. She loves social dance because it provides moments of pure fun and joy where she can forget about the stress in her life and get lost in the music and movement.
Stephanie Su is a fifth year accounting major. This is her sixth semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are waltz and salsa. She loves social dancing because it's an awesome way to relieve stress, meet new people, and have fun!
Talía Colón is a third year economics major. This is her third semester as a CA. Her favorite dance is salsa. She loves social dancing because even if she's busy with school or work she can always take a break and have fun dancing with new and interesting people.
Tommy Anthony is a fourth year electrical engineering major. This is his third semester as a CA. His favorite dance styles are east and west coast swing. He loves social dance because he loves meeting people and being silly and dancing is a great way to do both.
Tyler Schattel is a fourth year electrical engineering major. This is his second semester as a CA. His favorite dance styles are swing and waltz. He loves social dance because it brings out the best in people and is an amazing way to relax and have fun no matter how stressed you might be.
Vanessa Li is a fourth year chemical engineering major. This is her second semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are west coast swing and salsa. She loves social dance because it gives her the opportunity to enjoy and express her creative side.



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