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MIT ballroom dance competition set for April 25-26

The 2009 MIT Open Ballroom Dance Competition, one of the best-attended competitions of its kind in the country, will take place April 25-26 at the Rockwell Gym.

More than 1,000 competitors from 60-plus schools and studios nationwide are expected to compete. As in previous years, the MIT Open will offer levels from beginner to championship in 19 dances -- from waltz to samba and more.

The competition is free and open to the public, and will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. Luca and Loraine Baricchi, a world-class professional dancing couple, will perform at the culmination of the competition. Tickets for that show are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information on the competition, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 15, 2009 (download PDF).

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