Cal Poly Mustang Ball - February 1, 2020

Ballroom & Latin DanceSport Competition

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Workshops & Private Lessons

On Sunday, February 2nd, we will be holding workshops and private lessons with several of our professional staff! We are offering some great deals for both the workshop and private lessons. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to obtain instruction and valuable dance insights from these top dance professionals!

All classes will be held in the Multi-Activity Center in the Cal Poly Rec Center. (This is the same location as the Mustang Ball competition.)

Workshop Schedule

The topics for each workshop are listed below.

Time Instructor Topic
9:00am Daniele Gozzi &
Roberta Lanard
The Art of Awareness
10:00am All Free Q&A session with pros/judges
11:00am Daniele Gozzi TBA Latin topic
12:00pm Lunch Break
12:30pm Jonathan Atkinson &
Lorena Bravo
Space and Shaping in American Style:
Improve your smooth dancing with techniques that give your partner
room to move and shape! Great comparative analysis for Intl.
ballroom dancers interested in American style, too.
1:30pm Ikaika Dowsett Top 5 things you are doing wrong in your ballroom journey

Each workshop will be 55 minutes long, followed by a 5 minute break. The workshops will focus on techniques that are broadly applicable rather than particular choreography and will be useful to dancers of all levels. Workshop prices will increase on the day of the event, so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance!

Advance Purchase Workshop Pricing

Prices Single workshop All 4 workshops
Students $14 $32
Non-students $18 $40

The Q&A Session is free!

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Pricing at the door

Prices Single workshop All 4 workshops
Students $18 $40
Non-students $22 $50

Private Lessons

All instructors are also available for a limited number of private lessons on Sunday. If you are interested, please contact us at and let us know which instructor you are interested in and your availability.

Instructor Bios

Ikaika Dowsett

Ikaika is an American ballroom dancer, coach and choreographer. He specializes in the International Standard division where he is a national finalist and has won several championships. As a coach, he has produced and currently works with numerous US national champions. He also coaches the Stanford Ballroom Dance Team, and many members of the SJSU and Berkeley teams.

Jonathan Atkinson

Jonathan Atkinson is a longtime member of the dance community, specializing in both American and International style ballroom. He has been dancing since he was 20 years old, having started as a student at an Arthur Murray studio in Beverly Hills.

In 1994, Jonathan began competing in American smooth, climbing up the professional ranks with his wife Melissa over the next 10 years to acquire the titles of 2nd Place U.S. Rising Star Smooth Finalist, Open Professional Smooth Semi-Finalist, and 9-Dance Finalist.

In addition to significant achievements in the ballroom dancing arena, David is also active in film, stage, TV, sports, and entertainment. His dancing film credits include featured dancer roles in Dance With Me and Rent. He has coached dancing and performance for the United States Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, and Dancing with the Stars competitors.

Lorena Bravo

Lorena Bravo was first introduced to the world of competitive ballroom dancing while in her freshman year at the University of Southern California. On a whim, she decided to take a lesson with the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance team only to find herself completely enamored with every aspect of ballroom dancing.

During her time in the collegiate competitive scene, Lorena competed in the International Latin and American Smooth categories. As with many collegiate dancers, she had a number of partners and became very involved in the inner workings of her team.

Upon graduating, Lorena continued to dance competitively as an independent. However, it was not until October 2004, when she began dancing Pro/Am American Smooth with Jonathan Atkinson that her dancing really took off. Although she was in the middle of her Masters program, it was then that she began to contemplate a serious career in ballroom dancing. In the following years, she won numerous competitions; the culminating event being the 2007 United States National Dancesport Championships, where she won the national title in the Open American Smooth Pro/Am Championship.

Lorena has since become a professional ballroom dancer and teaches out of Los Angeles, California. Although she competes solely in the American Smooth category, she continues to study the remaining three categories in order to be as effective and versatile a coach as possible. Fittingly enough, the first lesson she taught as a professional was for the USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team, the very team that initially sparked her love of dance.

Now competing professionally with Jonathan Atkinson, they are steadily improving their craft and have made the finals of many major competitions

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