BLAST, Northwestern's Ballroom Latin and Swing Team, held a Fall Quarter kickoff on Oct. 3, and they also teach classes on dances such as the swing, salsa, cha cha and waltz. Check out photos from the event and the team's rehearsals in the slideshow above.
In addition to teaching dance classes, BLAST competes and puts on a spring show every year.
"I like sharing the passion I have with dance with others, not necessarily in hopes of changing their lives, but in bringing up a small part that is so important to me and being able to share it with other people is wonderful," said Communication senior and BLAST member Katherine Ardeleanu.
BLAST's classes are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as people outside the Northwestern community. While BLAST's students may not know each other initially, they become more comfortable after dancing together.
"I love seeing the difference between the beginning and end of a lesson," instructor Alex Straley said. "A lot of times you go to a group and they can be uptight or a little nervous, but by the end they're smiling and joking around with each other. I just love how dance can bring that out of people."
Weinberg sophomore and BLAST member, Aslı Salihoğlu, taught a class how to step in salsa.
"Seeing people who have just come to the class with no previous experience kinda of grasping that it's all about the partnering work that goes into social dancing," Salihoglu said. "It's not just the steps, but it's the connection you have with your partner."