Officers & Instructors

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 Learn about becoming an officer or review the list of positions.


Officers and Instructors



rcarbona_imageRon Carbonari

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!


Brenda Andrade

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

 Rachel Rose

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!


Joseph Lubars
I am a graduate student in electrical engineering from Austin, Texas. I took one class in social dance before I left Austin, and enjoyed it so much that I immediately sought out and joined Dancing Illini upon arriving here in Illinois. Since then, I have had such a great time that helping out and becoming an officer feels like the natural next step! My favorite dances so far are the cross-step waltz and East Coast Swing. If you don’t know what cross-step waltz is, I would love to show you!

Public Relations/ Instructor

 Nicole Cox
I joined Dancing Illini because I wanted to learn new dances and have fun. Turns out, I found a wonderful and hilarious group of people to dance with! I’m an Anthropology graduate student who likes ice cream, the color yellow, and silliness. Come dance with me!

Social Chair

 Tanja Hodges
Hello, Future Dancers. I am the Dancing Illini Social Chair and my name is Tanja… but you may call me, “Your Serene Highness” – I’ve been trying to convince the club to buy me a tiara, and I think that will help. I am a ‘real adult’ with a day job in HR, but this club has been a part of my life since I was an undergrad. I enjoy reading mysteries, singing vocal jazz, baking cakes, and dancing the night away. One of my all time favorite things is teaching new people that DANCE IS FUN. Seriously. It’s a blast. Come on out and I’ll show you. I am passionate about supporting the DI mission to promote partnered dance and I’ve taught many beginner courses for the club. With me as your social chair, I can promise you the club will sponsor dances, parties, movie nights, and maybe even the occasional road trip.

Car Pool Coordinator

 Alessandro Gandolo

Music Chair

 Blaise Ross

Practice Coordinator/ Instructor

 Noyan Cem Sevüktekin

Space Request Manager

 Sophie Kish

Teaching Chair/ Instructor

 Janice Vidovic

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.

Advertising Coordinator

 Ryan Shaw

Faculty/Staff Advisor

Pam Lowrey

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

 Aradhana Agarwal

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!).


 Siddhartha Satpathi

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. 🙂

General Officers

 Naresh Velupula

 Rujia “Chole” Sun

 Mike Antoline

 Bethany Ross

 Sarah Ackenhusen