About Us

The Stony Brook Ballroom Dance Team is a group for students interested in learning Ballroom Dance for social dancing, collegiate competitions and performances.

Instructors


Giny Rae

Head Coach

Giny Rae has over 28 years of experience as a social and competitive dance instructor in American, International, and Cabaret styles of Dancesport, which encompasses Ballroom Dancing, Latin Dancing and Theatre Arts. She has competed and performed nationally, internationally, and on television. She is a member of the North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA) and the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). She is also the owner and director of Dance Magic Ballroom Dance Studio in Saint James, NY.

Lexi Andrea

Assistant Coach

Lexi Andrea is a past President of the Stony Brook University Ballroom Dance Team and has won many awards during her competitive career. She is an accomplished dancer and aerialist, and the daughter of Giny Rae. She has traveled extensively through her performance career. When she is not traveling and performing, Lexi teaches private and group dance lessons at the Dance Magic Ballroom Dance Studio. She is a graduate of the Performing Arts High School in Syosset, Long Island, New York and has earned the degree of B.A. in Theatre Arts from Stony Brook University.

Hazel Wodehouse

Assistant Coach

Hazel joined the Stony Brook Ballroom Dance Team as a freshman back in 2004. Since then, she has been training with Coach Giny Rae in all four styles, both as a follower and a leader. She is an Open level American Rhythm dancer and has received additional training at Dance Obsession, owned by US Rising Star Champions, Barney and Debbie Aquilino. Hazel created a beginner ballroom class at the Long Island LGBT Community Center in Bay Shore, NY. She also teaches at Dance Magic Ballroom and conducts workshops for people of all ages.

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President

Judy Lu

I am a senior aspiring to be a pediatric oncology nurse someday. I appreciate corny lines and the little things that make people smile. I joined ballroom three years ago after realizing that watching DWTS, SYTYCD and Disney movies were not enough. Fun fact: I love unicorns and you can ask me why when you join ballroom! :)

Vice President

Jennifer Luk

Love trivia, dance, and procrastinating. In my free time, I basement dwell in the underbellies of hospitals, whistling nefariously. 🎶Every breath you take...🎶

Treasurer

Susanne Haaser

I'm a senior majoring in health science and planning going to grad school for occupational therapy. I joined when I was a sophomore and dance has been a great stress relief amidst a hectic schedule. Fun fact: I'm classically trained on the piano.

Secretary

Sarah Mueller-Immergluck

I'm a Junior studying Psychology. I joined ballroom as a freshman two years ago. Ever since, it's become my second family. I am now a silver dancer as a follower but would like to start learning how to lead as well. Fun fact: I collect snow globes and antique written postcards.

Dance Captain

Lydia Fernandez

I am currently a Junior with a major in Engineering Chemistry and a minor in Geology. Two years ago I stumbled into one of the ballroom's formation team practices and it was instant love. Fun fact: You can usually find me knitting and watching The Office in my spare time.