Executives

The club’s executives are at your service to create an enjoyable, dance-filled year for you. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to approach one of us!

Your Executive team for 2018-2019:

Elli Takenaka

Major/faculty: Math and English Lit
Exec position: President
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? Was new to Vancouver and needed friends. My mum encouraged me to join a club to meet people.
Advice to new members? Go to events and get involved! It’s a great way to get to know other people in the club, especially if you’re shy like I was.
Who is your celebrity crush? Michelle Obama and Sasha Velour
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? BOX!
What song will you always sing to? Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
What word can you never spell right the first time? I’m actualy realy good at speling
What is your hobby outside of dance? I dabble in playing the ukulele and run a little (not simultaneously, unfortunately); I also like books and memes…
Which discontinued product do you miss? Tamagotchis
What skill/power do you wish you had? I wish I could wiggle my ears.
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Purple

Internal Vice President
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Connor Dalton

Major/faculty: Chemistry
Exec position: Internal Vice President
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? Wanted to dance coming into college, loved dance club from the first free classes
Advice to new members? Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Who is your celebrity crush? Michael B. Jordan
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Zill explaining what rumba is really about
What song will you always sing to? Bye Bye Bye, That’s my jam
What word can you never spell right the first time? Suntharalingam
What is your hobby outside of dance? Brass Musician
Which discontinued product do you miss? Game Boy Advanced
What skill/power do you wish you had? Not overshooting a titration
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Extra

External Vice President
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Veronica Bui

Major/faculty: Speech sciences
Exec position: External Vice President
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? Had an impulse to learn ballroom in highschool, so I did. I knew that this was the club I wanted to join in university.
Advice to new members? You’ll be fine 🙂
Who is your celebrity crush? Osric Chau
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Zill’s Dances of the Day
What song will you always sing to? Stop and Stare by OneRepublic
What word can you never spell right the first time? Identify
What is your hobby outside of dance? Learning languages!
Which discontinued product do you miss? Vine
What skill/power do you wish you had? Social skills
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Silly

Victoria Huang

Major/faculty: Political Science & Economics
Exec position: Treasurer
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? My grandparents did a bit ballroom when they were young, and they’ve been nagging me to learn since forever.
Advice to new members? Dance club helps you grow as a person, in so many ways more than you can imagine.
Who is your celebrity crush? Benedict Cumberbatch from Sherlock
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Zillion dressing up as Michael Jackson and teaching us the Thriller Dance on Halloween
What song will you always sing to? “All Star” by Smash Mouth
What word can you never spell right the first time? Cooperation/ Corporation?
What is your hobby outside of dance? Singing, playing the piano, doing chores, and…. studying.
Which discontinued product do you miss? Laptops that still comes with DVD Drives.
What skill/power do you wish you had? I wish I can dance better…….
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Addicting

Elliot Chong

Major/faculty: Food, Nutrition, and Health
Exec position: Gala Chair
Years in DC: 3
Why did you join DC? I used to do hip-hop when I was younger, and wanted to branch out into other forms of dance when I got into university. A couple free classes and a sign-up form later, ballroom became a regular thing.
Advice to new members? This is a club of opportunity. There are a plethora of ways you can improve your dancing, involvement, and character. It is just a matter of you realizing the chance is there and taking it.
Who is your celebrity crush? Matthew Gray Gubler or Hayley Williams
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? We were given potatoes as part of a summer dance class joke from Zillion.
What song will you always sing to? 20 Dollar Nose Bleed by Fall Out Boy ft. Brendon Urie
What word can you never spell right the first time? Accomadation. Accommodation.
What is your hobby outside of dance? I sculpt, do other artzy things, listen to an absud amount of music, try to get up to date with Twitch memes, cook, eat, and sleep
What skill/power do you wish you had? Telepathic communication with animals so I can amass an army and rule the world.
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Community

Booking Representatives
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Kathleen Downey

Major/faculty: Science
Exec position: Booking Rep
Years in DC: 1
Why did you join DC? My friends brought me to a free class and I fell in love with dancing!
Advice to new members? Just have fun, go to as many events as possible, and don’t be afraid to approach the execs!
Who is your celebrity crush? Chris Evans/ Emma Watson
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Murray telling me that being in classes out of my league was good for me
What song will you always sing to? I’ll sing anything I know the lyrics too
What word can you never spell right the first time? Explanation
What is your hobby outside of dance? Hockey and playing the flute 🙂
Which discontinued product do you miss? The Nintendo 64
What skill/power do you wish you had? Photographic Memory
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Fun

Maria Lee

Major/faculty: Sociology
Exec position: Bookings Rep
Years in DC: 1
Why did you join DC? Started out in UBC Swing Kids and it was only natural to expand my horizons
Advice to new members? Even though it may seem intimidating, compete in competitions! It’s really fun and helps you improve so much!
Who is your celebrity crush? Emma Watson
What song will you always sing to? Any songs I know the lyrics to
What word can you never spell right the first time? priviledge
What is your hobby outside of dance? Singing
Which discontinued product do you miss? This obscure Korean chocolate wafer snack that I’m not sure if it even existed
What skill/power do you wish you had? The ability to effectively juggle dance and school work
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Boom.

Graphic Designers
Adrian Lewczuk

Major/faculty: BUCS
Exec position: Graphic Designer (can whoever’s posting this post this answer in comic sans)
Years in DC: 2ish
Why did you join DC? Janine
Advice to new members? Tranquilo
Who is your celebrity crush? Alex Hunter
What song will you always sing to? Most songs regardless of whether or not I know them.
What word can you never spell right the first time? Business
What is your hobby outside of dance? Multimedia (Photo, Video, Animation), Outdoors (Hiking, Kayaking, Biking), Cirque du Soleil, Napping
Which discontinued product do you miss? There’s this champagne I can’t find in BC
What skill/power do you wish you had? Any performance art
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Joshua Pablo

Major/faculty: Civil Engineering
Exec position: Graphics Exec
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? I’ve always wanted to learn how to waltz/tango since I was little. Didn’t think I would be learning it until I grew super old and was retired. Little did I know UBCDC existed, tried free classes with a couple friends and never turned back.
Advice to new members? Want tips or learn how to do a move? Ask anyone, literally. You don’t to be great at it at the start, have fun with it and let your emotions show through your dance.
Who is your celebrity crush? Chris Hemsworth/Emma Watson
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Kyryl making the leads practice their frame by forcing us to hold those heavy chairs while in frame doing the waltz
What song will you always sing to? Love Story, Sunday Morning, and that one lyric from God’s Plan
What word can you never spell right the first time? grammer.. or is it, grammar?
What is your hobby outside of dance? Guitar/Photography/Hiking/Ultimate/Swimming/Overwatch n League/Estimate the time and death of our earth using excel/Spreading the word about our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Which discontinued product do you miss? Bionicles
What skill/power do you wish you had? To speak a multitude of different languages // To always get the usb stick in on the first try
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Shenanigans

Social Coordinators
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Dhanya Suntharalingam

Major/faculty: Psychology
Exec position: Social Coordinator
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? Wanted to try a new style of dance and ended up staying
Advice to new members? Go to social dances, its a good time to practice and meet people
Who is your celebrity crush? Ruby Rose and Tom Ellis
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? And zoop!
What song will you always sing to? Anything from musicals…
What word can you never spell right the first time? What is spelling?
What is your hobby outside of dance? Reading
Which discontinued product do you miss? Hot pink Motorola Razr
What skill/power do you wish you had? Time travel
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Loud

Marjolein Ribberink

Major/faculty: Atmospheric Science
Exec position: Social Coordinator
Years in DC: 1
Why did you join DC? Imagine Day – campus was plasterered with chalk. EVERYWHERE. I came for free classes and never left.
Advice to new members? Come to social dances – they’re the bomb!
Who is your celebrity crush? Dan Stevens and Emma Watson
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Kyryl: “No, I’ll lead thank you.”
What song will you always sing to? Just about anything Disney
What word can you never spell right the first time? aqueus? Aquos? Aqueous?
What is your hobby outside of dance? Reading. Travelling. Singing along to whatever is playing. Starting art projects and not finishing them
Which discontinued product do you miss? Tim Hortons Dark Hot Chocolate
What skill/power do you wish you had? Time manipulation
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Late

Sponsorship Coordinator
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Simon Chung

Major/faculty: FORESTREE!!!
Exec position: Sponsorship Coordinator
Years in DC: 3
Why did you join DC? I like dance competitions… dem pens… and bags
Advice to new members? Don’t forget to work on your techniques! Those are the torpedos!
Who is your celebrity crush? Any viral cat sensations ヘ(=^・ω・^= )ノ Meow~~~
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Zill: “Okay.”
What song will you always sing to? What Maria said. She has a great point haha…
What word can you never spell right the first time? Everyword in da dictionairy…
What is your hobby outside of dance? Choir and french horn… and more Ballroom Dancing.
Which discontinued product do you miss? Every good, comfy pairs of dance shoes I owned.
What skill/power do you wish you had? Power to convince everyone to use the god damn compost bin… it’s like 2 steps over to your right? or the power to poof away CliMatE cHaNGe!
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Noiiiiice

Photographer
Sorayya Seddigh

Major/faculty: Physiology
Exec position: Photographer
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? Saw 10000000000 UBCDC posters persuading me to join each time I walked to class.
Advice to new members? Just do it.
Who is your celebrity crush? Ryan Reynolds
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Kyryl screaming ‘Ow!’ when I stepped on his foot during a class demo.
What song will you always sing to? (chorus of) Bailando (Spanish version)
What word can you never spell right the first time? maneuver
What is your hobby outside of dance? Photography, reading, cooking, shopping at Costco
Which discontinued product do you miss? iPod nano
What skill/power do you wish you had? public speaking
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Ohana

Equipment Representatives
Tiffany Griesbach

Major/faculty: Commerce
Exec position: Equipment Manager
Years in DC: 1
Why did you join DC? My mother used to ballroom dance when she was young and she inspired me to learn it. I also love the social aspect of dancing, and enjoyed the strong sense of community within the club. The purple-ness of the club is a bonus!
Advice to new members? Have fun and just flow with the music
Who is your celebrity crush? Robert Downey Jr.
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Joel calling me out by name every time I look down at my shoes when dancing
What song will you always sing to? Hey Soul Sister
What word can you never spell right the first time? Exercise? Excercise?
What is your hobby outside of dance? Cooking & baking, skiing, travelling
Which discontinued product do you miss? Starbuck’s Iced French Vanilla Latte
What skill/power do you wish you had? Flight
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Tradition

Armin Mukmin

Major/faculty: Civil Engineering
Exec position: Equipment Manager
Years in DC: 2
Why did you join DC? Free classes were dope
Advice to new members? Don’t be scared to look bad. Flaunt what you got
Who is your celebrity crush? Armie Hammer
What is the most memorable moment from one of our teachers? Joel’s smile literally every day
What song will you always sing to? Piano man
What word can you never spell right the first time? Queue
What is your hobby outside of dance? Lift
Which discontinued product do you miss? Courage the Cowardly Dog
What skill/power do you wish you had? Stress management
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Family

Newcomer Representatives
Juliana Chow

Major/faculty: Arts/Sociology
Exec position: Newcomer Representative
Years in DC: 1
Why did you join DC? I just finished 5 years of competitive dragonboating and I wanted to try something new! My parents were also members of UBC Dance Club when they were students!
Who is your celebrity crush? Jungkook from BTS
What song will you always sing to? Pretty much any kpop song (except I can’t speak Korean…)
What word can you never spell right the first time? Conscious
What is your hobby outside of dance? Kpop and dragon boat!
Which discontinued product do you miss? Herbal essence leave in conditioner
What skill/power do you wish you had? Wish I could neatly write my notes without looking down at the paper…lectures would be soo much easier
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Hilarious

Jake Letkemann

Major/faculty: Mechanical Engineering
Exec position: Newcomer Representative
Years in DC: 1
Why did you join DC? I came to show off my dance technique (East Coast Swing) and stayed when I realized I didn’t have any. Turns out there’s a lot to ballroom dance and I can’t help but want to learn more!
Who is your celebrity crush? Samantha from “Totally Spies!”
What song will you always sing to? “Shiny” from Moana
What word can you never spell right the first time? Unneccesarily (except I definitely just spelled it right so I guess this doesn’t count)
What is your hobby outside of dance? Segway tricks
Which discontinued product do you miss? The headphone jack. Rest in Peace.
What skill/power do you wish you had? Look up DC’s Open-Window Man
Describe UBC Dance Club in 1 word. Groovy