Meet The Board


The executive board is the behind the scenes team who keep MSUBDT up and running. Without them, there would be no coaches, no lessons, no practice space, no t-shirts, and none of the other innumerable little things that make a dance team function. This page is dedicated to their recognition, and to their efforts to make the team run like a well-oiled machine.

President
Amanda Morris
Amanda is a senior majoring in Family and Community Services and Sociology, and minoring in Dance! Amanda loves MSUBDT and has been on the team for five years! She has served one year as Treasurer and two years as President, and has had so much fun she had to come back for one more year on the Eboard. She has been dancing for fourteen years and has been trained in all styles. When she came to MSU she fell in love with Ballroom and decided to start something new. Her favorite ballroom dances are Samba, Mambo, and Tango. Her passion is doing choreography of any style, and she hopes to pursue dance in some capacity after graduation. Amanda truly cannot wait for this year of ballroom so she can learn more, watch the team grow more, and meet all the new additions to the MSU Ballroom Family!
Vice President
Dan Totzkay
Dan is a first-year graduate student in the Health and Risk Communication program. He has been involved with the MSU Ballroom Dance Team for almost three years, now. Dan loves teaching ballroom and latin, making amazing friends through dancing, and continuously furthering his own knowledge of ballroom and latin dancing. Dan is always available for any questions relating to the team, dancing, or just life, in general!
Treasurer
Ashley Wood
Ashley is a Communications student and a senior at MSU. She is going into her fourth year on the ballroom team and is competing in the International style of dance. Before competing on MSU’s team, Ashley had four years of classical ballet and tap dance training. After graduation, she hopes to work in the Communications department of a non-profit company. For now, Ashley works part-time, attends MSU full-time, competes with the ballroom dance team, and volunteers for a few hours every week with the American Cancer Society (ACS). One of her dreams is to organize formal ballroom dancing events to raise funds for ACS.
Secretary
Elena Winberry
Elena Winberry is a sophomore here at MSU studying Elementary Education. This will be her second year on the team, but her seventeenth year dancing. From the time she was three years old till her senior year in high school, most of her free time consisted of dancing, but she didn’t come across ballroom until her freshman year of college. Joining the ballroom team was one of the best decisions she has made since attending MSU and she cannot wait for the next three years!
Curriculum Chair
Nicole Markovic
Nicole is a Senior majoring in Linguistics. She has been ballroom dancing since Fall 2011 and had nine years of dance experience prior to attending MSU. One of her favorite things to do besides dancing is studying languages. She has studied Serbian, Spanish, German, and is currently focusing on French. Nicole plans to continue dancing while working towards eventually obtaining a Ph.D. Ballroom dance is something that will always be a part of her life. Nicole loves traveling, yoga, tea, Christmas, and classic films. She is also terrible at writing bios for herself.
Competition Chair
Linnea Hodson
Linnea Hodson is a sophomore this year, majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing. She started her dance training in ballet in Grand Rapids more than fifteen years ago. Last year was her first year on the Ballroom Dance Team, and also her first time trying out ballroom dance. She's extremely excited for her second year on the team, and to have a place as the team's competition chair. When school is not in session, Linnea fills her time by teaching dance in northern Michigan. She teaches a beginner ballroom dance class once a week and runs the dance and performing arts section of Shady Trails Camp. During school, though, she practices in her spare time and hangs out with the other team members for the majority of her days.
PR Chair
Tatiana Voloshina
Tatiana is a sophomore at Michigan State University majoring in Communication. She has always loved dancing and had been doing jazz and hip-hop since she was five years old. Once she started watching "Dancing with the Stars", she was determined to learn Ballroom Dance, as well. She joined the Michigan State University Ballroom Dance Team in Spring 2012 and is now able to cross “learn ballroom dance” off her bucket list.
Fundraising Chair
Eric Fuller
International man of mystery (his father is Canadian and Nancy Drew was his favorite book series growing up), Eric is a sophomore in his second year on the team. He is a Human Biology major, but has been considering switching to “Undecided” as he feels it would better help him fulfill his life-goals. His greatest achievement to date was landing a role in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” as Rya n Gosling’s body double. Eric is a walking, talking, fire-breathing champion of fake confidence, but deep down he knows his swagger is just insecurity masquerading as confidence. Though he loves cracking jokes and having fun, he knows how to buckle down and get things done when it’s time to be serious.
Community Chair
Matthew Juergens
Originally from Saint Louis, MO, Matthew is a third year graduate student at MSU pursuing his Ph.D in Plant Biology. He studies algae at the molecular and cellular level in order to find a way to make them better for biofuel production. After graduation, he plans to enter industry for biofuel production. Matt is going into his second year on the team and has competed in both American and International dance styles. Prior to joining the team, he had no previous dance experience, no partner, and two left feet. It his goal to reach gold level in Standard by graduation.
Community Chair
Stephen Sweeny
Stephen is a senior who joined the team as a sophomore. He had no dance experience prior to joining the team. He is majoring in Environmental science, and encourages everyone to get out there and feel the music. If you want to learn how to dance, this is the right place for you. If you want to meet a bunch of outgoing, fun and awesome Spartans, then look no further. When Stephen first joined he was an awkward goofy kid, whose idea of dancing had something to do with the Macarena song. Nowadays, nothing has changed, except that his favorite dance is the waltz.
IT Chair
Tejas Soni
Tejas Soni is a sophomore studying Biosystems Engineering with a specialization in Design, and he plans to work with prosthetics in the future. He has been a part of the Ballroom Dance Team for one year, and has attended one competition so far, where he danced at a Newcomer/Bronze level. He spends a lot of his spare time drawing and listening to music, as well as sleeping. He’s more than happy to help any new members with the basics.
Social Chair
Ashley Plotzke
Ashley Plotzke is our outgoing and friendly social chair! She cannot wait to plan some fetch events this year, and also WILL make fetch happen in the process. She is a senior majoring in Communications and she joined the team in the fall of last year. She also is an avid fan of “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Feel free to ask her any questions about school, ballroom, and the meaning of life, cause she works at the front desk in south complex and basically has all the answers to your problems. She says this year’s social events are going to be legend...I hope you’re not lactose intolerant cause the second half of this word is…DAIRY.
Historian
Amanda Morris
Amanda is a senior majoring in Family and Community Services and Sociology, and minoring in Dance! Amanda loves MSUBDT and has been on the team for five years! She has served one year as Treasurer and two years as President, and has had so much fun she had to come back for one more year on the Eboard. She has been dancing for fourteen years and has been trained in all styles. When she came to MSU she fell in love with Ballroom and decided to start something new. Her favorite ballroom dances are Samba, Mambo, and Tango. Her passion is doing choreography of any style, and she hopes to pursue dance in some capacity after graduation. Amanda truly cannot wait for this year of ballroom so she can learn more, watch the team grow more, and meet all the new additions to the MSU Ballroom Family!
Faculty Advisor
Dr. Kelly Morrison
Dr. Morrison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. In addition to being the MSUBDT advisor, she is also an Honors College advisor. She has a background in dance (ballet, tap, and jazz) and gymnastics. She was also a gymnastics coach and a choreographer. She is very excited to work with MSUBDT this year and is looking forward to some great dancing!