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The Teaching Team

Nick Enge has been dancing for 15 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 fourth year corporate communications major. This is her fourth 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 fourth year math major. This is his sixth 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 junior. This is his third semester as a CA. His favorite dance styles are Country, Bachata, and West Coast Swing. Whenever he dances, he feels like the whole world around him falls away. The only thing that remains is the dance at hand. Everything and everyone else disappears leaving only dancers dancing.
Benjamin Chaiprasert is a fourth year biology major. This is his fourth semester as a CA. His favorite dance style is east coast swing. He loves social dance because it's so infectiously fun!
Caroline Hao is a senior MIS major. This is her second semester as a CA. Her favorite dance is cross-step waltz. She loves social dance because it provides opportunities to meet all sorts of people! She loves how every encounter is a chance get to know someone while creating something together.
Chirag Sakhuja is a 2nd year PhD student in ECE. This is his first semester as a CA. His favorite dances are rotary waltz and west coast swing. He loves social dance because dancing is a great way of escaping the minutia of engineering, expressing some creativity, and meeting new people while laughing and enjoying the whole experience.
Cindy Truong is a senior mathematics major. This is her first semester as a CA. Her favorite dances are west coast swing and salsa. She loves social dance because you don't have to be good at it in order to have fun!
Elizabeth Smith is a third year. This is her third 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 second 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 fourth year electrical engineering major. This is his fourth 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!
Jerry Liu is a fourth year business major. This is his fifth semester as a CA. His favorite style of dance is cross-step waltz. He loves social dance because it's an amazing community of people that just love to dance.
Joseph Kim is a senior philosophy major. This is his second semester as a CA. His favorite dance is rotary waltz. He loves social dance because every dance is special and different no matter who you dance with and you'll have fun dancing with everyone!
Levrier Howell is a senior human development and family sciences major. This is her first semester as a CA. Her favorite dance is bachata. She loves social dance because it kindles infectious joy and confidence. Even if you dance a thousand times every experience will be unique. The excitement never wears off! And even if you think you have two left feet you can absolutely dance!
Marifer Lebrija is a senior marketing major. This is her first semester as a CA. Her favorite dance is west coast swing. She loves social dance because it's a way for her to get out of her comfort zone and meet new people.
Rissa Jackson is a senior international relations and Chinese major. This is her second semester as a CA. Her favorite dances are salsa and west coast swing. She loves social dance because it lets you connect with others and music while being physically active. She also loves handstands, partner acrobatics, working on flexibility, and dnd. Come find her if you want to chat about any of those things!
Seongyong Kim is a senior math major. This is his fifth semester as a CA. His favorite dances are Waltz and Salsa. 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.
Sindhu Reddy is a senior computer science major. This is her second semester as a CA. Her favorite dance is east coast swing. She loves social dance because it gives her a way to meet new people and de-stress! Dancing is a way for her to get out of her head and just have a good time!
Sofia Valdivieso-Sinyakov is a fourth year biology and neuroscience double major. This is her fifth semester as a CA. Her favorite dance styles are salsa and Lindy hop. She loves social dance because it helps her get away from any stress and just have fun, as well as make great friends.
Tanvi Rao is a senior chemical engineering major. This is her first semester as a CA. Her favorite dance is salsa!! She loves social dance because as an introvert, it is hard for her to step out of my comfort zone and interact with people she may normally not hang out with. However, social dance has pushed her out of my comfort zone, and has given her a new take on dancing! Additionally, social dance has given her many opportunities to try new things and she saw herself enjoying dances and even outings that she wouldn't have expected to enjoy!



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