You might think ballroom dancing is just for your grandparents. But think again. Co-eds around the country ballroom dance competitively, and they look fabulous doing it. Nicole Barron, 22, is one such classy co-ed. A graduating senior at NYU majoring in Journalism and Social and Cultural Analysis, Barron has been president of the NYU Ballroom Dance Team for two years. Lucky for us, Barron took a break from tearing it up on the dance floor to chat with College Lifestyles (TM).
College Lifestyles: How did you get involved with ballroom dancing?
Nicole Barron: I got involved my freshman year at NYU. I had found the Ballroom team when I was researching about things to do at NYU when I was a senior in high school and came across the Ballroom team and wanted to join. I never took any dance classes when I was younger but I always wanted to and Ballroom really interested me. I saw the team at Club Fest and I went to their first lesson and stuck with it!
CL: What made you decide to run for President?
NB: I was actually the only candidate. I was the secretary my sophomore year and most of the EBoard were seniors so it just left me and one other girl who would be returning. Everyone just started saying that I would be president and then I kind of just accepted that I’d do it. I originally only wanted to…be vice president my junior year and president my senior year. But then I ended up doing it for two years and I couldn’t have been happier that I did.
CL: As President, what do you do?
NB: I basically handle a lot of the logistics between the team and NYU, other schools, and outside venues that we use for lessons, etc. I work to organize the team and keep lessons and comps running. I also send and respond to lots of emails. My whole life these past two years has been about emails.
CL: What challenges did you face, and how did you overcome them?
NB: Some challenges were small like having to change a reservation in Kimmel and others have been bigger and usually involve competitions. At MIT last year the comp ended later than we had expected so I was searching along with my VP to find tickets to get everyone home. Luckily we had a very resourceful Newcomer who found tickets and we sent the remaining team members back on a late bus to NY. We also were at Yale last year when there was a blizzard around Halloween and we almost got stuck in New Haven. Challenges come up all the time but I always work with my EBoard to solve them by any means.
CL: What is the most important thing you learned from being President?
NB: I’ve learned a lot about working with my EBoard and splitting up tasks. Our team has between 50 and 75 active members and it’s takes more than one person to accomplish everything. There are a lot of forms to fill out, tickets to buy, people to register, and there’s no way one person could do it all. That being said, I still do a lot of things without delegating but I have learned how to delegate more over these past two years.
CL: Do you have any words of advice for other college students who will be president of their organizations next year?
NB: Every president should have an idea of what they want to do for the team going into their presidency. I wanted to always be there for my team, and with such a large team that takes a lot of time. I wanted to be present and to always be at lessons and at competitions so that I could help out whenever someone needed help and that I could always be there to ask questions. That was my goal and I’m happy to say I did just that for two years.
CL: What other campus organizations are you involved with?
NB: Nothing! Ballroom took over my life, but in a good way. : )
CL: What are your plans after college?
NB: I’m working at my summer job for now in NY but I’m looking for permanent and hopefully in journalism.
CL: How do you plan to incorporate dancing into life after college?
NB: I’m still planning on dancing after I graduate. I have two partners right now: one for Smooth who lives in Boston and one for Latin who is in San Francisco for the next few months. I’m still planning on dancing with them and competing with NYU.
CL: How do you stay classy in college?
NB: I don’t how classy I am. I may only be on the dance floor? I think it’s important to have a good attitude no matter what the outcome at a competition. If you’re unhappy don’t yell at your partner at the competition. Wait until you are away from the competition. But I also don’t think it’s worth yelling. Ballroom should be fun and even if you’re competitive you should be having fun.
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