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Dance is unique, in that it’s good both for exercise and as an exquisite form of self-expression. And while different dance styles come and go, there are always new generations who embrace older forms and then add on some new touches.

Whether you’re into the show or not, Dancing With the Stars is a platform that showcases these various dance forms. Who doesn’t think it’s exciting to see former child stars or ex-NFL running backs test out their chops doing the cha-cha, their prowess at the rumba? Any way you look at it, at least the various dance traditions carry on.

Next month will be your chance to get a taste of some of that Dancing With the Stars magic, as the Cal Poly DanceSport Team presents its fifth annual Ballroom and Latin DanceSport event. Professional ballroom dance competitors David Weise (coach to contestants on the show) and Borbala Bunnett (award-winning dancer for more than a decade) will provide a dance showcase.

More than 15 collegiate teams and DanceSport athletes from all over California were invited to compete at one of the largest annual dance competitions in San Luis Obispo County. There will be six different levels of dance ratings—ranging from newcomer to the highest “open-level” competitors. International and American-style ballroom dancing will be showcased, as will salsa, hustle, Argentine tango, and lindy hop swing.

The Cal Poly DanceSport Team is a competitive ballroom dance team that represents Cal Poly at DanceSport competitions and other performances throughout the state. They offer training classes, practice sessions, and other opportunities to learn proper ballroom dance technique.

The team is building on the success of its previous four competitions. Past meetings have drawn more than 500 spectators, with more than 750 entries by competitors from Cal Poly and other universities competing in 85 separate dance events.

The event will be held on Feb. 4 at Cal Poly’s Chumash Auditorium. All are welcome to attend—and donations are encouraged for the nonprofit event.

So strap on your tap shoes and get your moves in order. ∆

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