The Dancing Illini is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You may contact our officers collectively via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn about becoming an officer or review the list of positions.
Officers and Instructors
Ron started dancing with Dancing Illini in 1991 and has always looked for new opportunities to learn new dance steps and to help others enjoy dancing as much as he does. Ron loves seeing others having a fun time during the process of learning to dance and in understanding leading and following techniques. When he isn’t dancing, he works as a Research Programmer for the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois. Ron is grateful and appreciative for all those who helped him to achieve the level of dancing, and he enjoys imparting that knowledge and skill to others. Ron finds it a joy to be a part of such a spectacular group as the Dancing Illini!
Hello, Dancers, I am a graduate student in Chemistry. I’ve been dancing with DI for three years now and I enjoy it tremendously. I look forward to being your president, dancing with you all, and sharing what inspires you to dance.
Vice President/ Webmaster
Hello there! I am a graduate student in German language and lit. from Corpus Christi, Texas. Joining Dancing Illini has been a great way for me to meet people and make new friends since I moved here. My favourite dances are Cha-Cha and East Coast Swing. I also enjoy dancing Latin in the clubs! I can’t wait to see you at practice some time soon!
Public Relations/ Instructor
Car Pool Coordinator
Practice Coordinator/ Instructor
Noyan Cem Sevüktekin
Space Request Manager
Teaching Chair/ Instructor
It is my mission to create a fun, healthy, social, and empowering environment for students of all ages to learn some great moves and techniques as an instructor and the Teaching Chair for the Dancing Illini. I’ve taught ballroom dance courses part-time for the Dancing Illini, Dance Club, Loyola University, The High School of St. Thomas More, and well as dance workshops for hundreds of students in several public schools throughout central Illinois. Additionally, I’ve choreographed ballroom dance scenes for theater groups in Champaign and Urbana, including the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company (CUTC), and several area high schools, and I’ve helped many wedding couples to amaze their friends and family for their “first dance”. My B.S. and M.ED. degrees from the University of Illinois are in the field of Education. Currently, I am a full-time real estate broker and Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, where I help even more people by empowering them with knowledge and resources to realize their goals.
I volunteer to be the Faculty/Staff Advisor. It’s not an “official” position, but an important one. [Marina’s input and Brenda seconds: YES, we need Pam because you all probably don’t know how much work she has put in recently with space requests, helping to buy decorations, etc. We definitely need a faculty advisor. ;)] I joined the Dancing Illini because I love music & wanted to meet new people & learn salsa, swing, waltz & other social dances. Plus I needed to get off my butt & move (trust me – it’s more difficult the older you get). My favorite dance so far is swing. I’m also the crazy dog lady of the group.
Social Media Liason
Hi! I am a second-year graduate student in Civil Engineering. I took one ballroom dance “class” as an undergrad and knew that I wanted to continue in grad school. So as soon as I came to Illinois, I joined the Dancing Illini. This is my second-semester taking classes and I absolutely love it! I would love to get more involved and volunteer to help spread the word about DI through the world of social media (I’ll do my best to keep things updated!).
Hi, I am a graduate student in ECE from India. I never did social dancing before coming to graduate school. One day, thanks to my roommate, I came to know about Dancing Illini. Since then, I liked it so much that I dance almost twice every week now. Swing and Charleston are among my favorites. 🙂