Below are our club’s officers for the 2020-2021 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 — Jessamine Kuehn
Jessa is a junior from Maple Grove, Minnesota. She lives in Pasquerilla East Hall and is majoring in Biochemistry with a supplemental major in Theology. Jessa was a ballroom dancer during her last two years in high school, and wore yellow to all ballroom dance events (including the Irish Dancesport Gala during her senior year!). Aside from dancing, Jessa plays the trumpet in the Marching Band of the Fighting Irish and conducts research at the Harper Cancer Research Institute. She thoroughly enjoys having picnics with friends around campus and taste testing all the best combinations of food at North Dining Hall. She is excited for another year of ballroom dancing and looks forward to putting on creative recruitment events!
Vice President — Ava Langstaff
Ava is a junior Electrical Engineering student with a supplementary major in Physics. She currently lives in Johnson Hall and is from Aurora, IL. Ava joined Notre Dame’s Ballroom Dance Club her first year with no prior dance experience and looks forward to continuing while at Notre Dame. Interests outside of ballroom include reading and conducting holography research.
Treasurer — David Fleming
David Fleming is a junior math major from Wellman, Iowa, living in Duncan Hall. He’s getting a concentration in computing, and is starting to lean toward South Dining Hall being better than North. He (loudly) plays trumpet in the marching band, and occasionally plays in other bands as well. He joined ballroom halfway through his freshman year, and his other hobbies include reading, running, and wondering what to do with his life.
Secretary — Hayden Mascarenhas
Hayden Mascarenhas is from Saudi Arabia and India. He is a sophomore and lives in St Edward’s Hall (best dorm on campus). He never danced before coming to ND and only joined this club to get out of his comfort zone and to try something new. Before he knew it, he fell in love with ballroom dancing, but more importantly, he fell in love with the wonderful community that this club fosters. He is in no way a professional or even a ‘good’ dancer but still loves being a part of this group. Apart from dancing, he loves making music and is working on his debut album at the moment.
Below are the Notre Dame Ballroom Dance Club’s coaches for the 2018–2019 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.