People

Club Officers

Below are our club’s officers for the 2017–2018 academic year. We encourage any of you who would like to help shape the vision and direction of the club to consider participating in some capacity. Reach out to us with any comments, join our officer meetings, or shoot us an email.

President — Darya Bondarenko

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Darya is a senior Cellular/Molecular Biology and Pre-Med major at Saint Mary’s College with minors in Chemistry and Fine Arts. She started dancing ballroom her freshman year and had fallen in love with it right away. Although her schoolwork and the club keep her busy, she loves to paint, hike in the mountains, and spend time with friends in her free time. She is very honored to be a co-president of the club and hopes to bring it to the spotlight in the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community!

Email: dbondarenko01@saintmarys.edu

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President — Christina Lai

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Christina is a junior Accounting major with a Gender Studies minor studying at Notre Dame. Originally from New York, she now lives in BP. Christina took a ballroom class in high school, loved it, and decided to continue dancing in college. When not dancing, she enjoys finding the best places to eat and hanging out with her friends. She hopes to share her love of ballroom and looks forward to a fun year with everyone at the club!

Email: Christina.Lai.20@nd.edu

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Vice President & Treasurer — Audrey Fetsko

Audrey is a senior Chemical Engineering major at the University of Notre Dame. She is from Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Pasquerilla East. She has been dancing most of her life but had never tried ballroom dancing before coming to Notre Dame. She loved it so much that even her busy schedule cannot keep her from going to lessons and competitions. When not dancing, Audrey also enjoys reading and spending time with her friends. She is honored to be the club treasurer and is excited for a year of dancing.

Email: Audrey.R.Fetsko.1@nd.edu


Secretary — Joe Drey

Joe is a sophomore Political Science major at Notre Dame with a minor in International Development.  He comes from the great state of Iowa, and currently lives in Dillon Hall.  Joe decided that it would be awesome to learn to ballroom dance so he joined the club in the second semester of his freshman year, and has loved it ever since.  Besides dance, Joe is a member of the trumpet section in the Band of the Fighting Irish, and enjoys playing tennis and watching Disney movies.  Joe is excited to serve as secretary this year and encourages everyone on the fence about dancing to give it a try!

Email: jdrey@nd.edu  


 

Coaches

Below are the Notre Dame Ballroom Dance Club’s coaches for the 2017–2018 school year. Feel free to contact them about private lessons and any other questions you may have.

Latin Coach — Mariusz Skonieczny

Mario Skonieczny was born in Poland. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 16. He has been dancing for 15 years. He is best known for Latin dancing which includes International Latin, American Rhythm, and Salsa club dancing. He currently competes with Mary Jester in professional Latin.

American Coach — Kathy Nate

Kathy Nate has owned and operated her own dance studio for 45 years. She is trained in American Style and urges her students to partake in learning the technical aspects of dance in order to compete. She gives her students short routines to learn in each dance so that the focus stays on execution. Kathy instills in her students that it’s not the number of patterns that you know but how well you do them is what constitutes a good dancer. She is known as the trend setter in her area for club style dances such as Nite Club 2-Step, West Coast Swing, Shag, and Country 2-Step. Private dance lessons are available for ND competitors at her studio at a discount. Call 574-274-9024 for details.

Social Coach — Barb Coon

Barb graduated with honors from Arthur Murray Dance Schools and is a professional instructor and choreographer. She teaches and coaches at dance studios, workshops, and independently; and judges at collegiate ballroom competitions. Barb has received countless championship awards and trophies at competitions and exhibitions. She also instructs and supports USA Dance clubs. But what she loves the most is coaching, teaching, and judging competitions for our ND/SMC Ballroom Dance Club which she has been doing since 1998! Barb enjoys meeting new students and sharing her joy and passion for ballroom dancing.