Northwestern Ballroom Latin and Swing Team

Exec Members


President: John Hruska –

Favorite Dance: Hustle

John is a junior majoring in Economics and the Integrated Science Program. He started dancing his first year of college and hasn’t stopped since. He loves biking and making graphics in his free time.

Show Director: Sydney Marcus
Favorite Dance(s): Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing

Sydney is a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major pursuing a minor in Dance as well as the Segal Design Certificate. Hailing from the greatest city in the world (New York City — and don’t you forget it), Sydney’s love of dance was nurtured from a young age. She began ballet at age 2, but found her true passion when she began dancing Lindy Hop competitively at age 16. She danced in the BLAST show this past year and loved it so much she became the director. Filled with 1.7 million butterflies and 1.8 pounds of excitement, Sydney can’t wait to see how the BLAST show and organization transform over her four years. Go Cats.

Show Producer: Karla Lopez
Favorite Dance(s): Swing and Blues

Karla is not a senior double majoring in Linguistics and International Studies. She has not taken ballet, jazz, and tap lessons since age 6, but wasn’t introduced to partner dancing until she joined the cast of the BLAST’s spring show last year.

Treasurer: Kelley Grubich –
Favorite Dance(s): Latin, Argentine Tango, and Blues

Kelley is a junior majoring in Biology on the pre-med track. While having previous dance experience, Kelley was not introduced to partner dancing until her freshman year of college, when she joined the competition team. When she is not dancing or studying, Kelley enjoys teaching 4th grade Sunday School at the Sheil Center, volunteering with her NUDM committee, or spending time with her sisters in Chi Omega.

Competition Team Captain: Angelia Wang
Favorite Dance(s): Cha Cha, Viennese Waltz
Angelia signed up for ballroom in 2012 after seeing sparkly dresses at her undergrad activities fair and deciding that she too wanted to wear sparkly dresses. Since then, ballroom has been the most important part of her student experience (with classes and sleeping tied for a close second). Her favorite dances are Cha Cha and Viennese Waltz, but she also enjoys Cotton Eye Joe, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Macarena. When she’s not at practice, Angelia enjoys Rubik’s cubing, drawing cartoons, and doing whatever Applied Math PhD students do.

Outreach and Facilities Coordinator: Jace Chen –
Favorite Dance(s): Bolero

Jace likes chemistry and dancing. He is a Sophomore chemistry major passionate about Bolero, from New York. “All of my dancing is calculated”


Co-Class Coordinator: Emma Danbury –
Favorite Dance(s): Blues, International Cha-Cha, Viennese Waltz
Emma is a sophomore in Weinberg, double majoring in Psychology and Economics. Through joining BLAST, she has finally found fulfillment of her lifelong desire for venues to “put on a song people can actually dance to.”

Co-Class Coordinator: Ioana Chindris –
Favorite Dance(s): Hotline Bling Dance => Viennese Waltz

In junior year of High School I signed up for performance team in Dance School Coufalovi (in Czech Republic…I’m from Czech Republic). We performed a Viennese Waltz choreo for “We are the champions” by Queen (did you know it has perfect Viennese Waltz rhythm?).

Social Chair: Eli Passas –
Favorite Dance(s): Blues

Eli is a senior majoring in Human Development & Psychological Services. His gateway drug was contra, and since high school he’s poured an unhealthy amount of time and resources into social dancing of all kinds.

Publicity Chair: Hannah Russell –
Favorite Dance(s): Blues

Hannah is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am living proof that engineers can dance (?). She has been German Wheeling since highschool.