Sasha Khrapunova

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Year:

rising 4th year

Position:

President

WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF THE UNIVERSITY SALSA CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD? 

I want to be a part of the exec board to keep actively contributing to spreading love for salsa. I care for the club and well being of its members. Salsa is my happy place, my dear family at UVA. Being abroad now, it is Salsa Club (both Monday lessons and Sunday exec meetings) that I miss the most.
If I re-join the exec board as a President, I will make sure that people have a salsa experience, as joyful and memorable as I have had for three yeas now. I will preserve the friendly, sometimes weird, atmosphere. I will keep providing opportunities for you to improve your dancing skills and to bond with other fun salsa people. I will be listening to the members’ and exec’s feedback to ensure that everyone is getting the most from their time with Salsa. I hope I will build a community you will be grateful to be a part of.

P.S. Why do I want to be a President? Well, after all, who doesn’t want to join the line of outstanding Salsa Presidents and say that they are the successor of Zach Paget himself?

 

HOW DO YOUR TALENTS OR ABILITIES MAKE YOU WELL-EQUIPPED FOR YOUR DESIRED POSITION? 

I have lived every part of UVA Salsa Club experience and know all the ins-and-outs of it by heart. I joined Salsa Club first semester first year. Since then, I have been on a SalsaFest committee and then ran it myself as an Events Coordinator (aka an exec position). I have performed multiple times in the showcase: in an open rueda dance, in a salsa with Alex, Kyle and Nancy and choreographed a duet with Roman. I have gone to many social events: to tailgates, to Foxfield, to the beach week, to post-showcase shenanigans, to lawn room gatherings and, of course, to Salsa Ball. I have also gone social dancing in Charlottesville and other cities around Virginia. Finally, I have been an instructor since the beginning of this year and keep teaching in my red “Salsa.” t-shirt to my new friends abroad. All in all, I believe I know all there is to know about Salsa (which is a lot, but that’s what makes us special).
Moreover, I have had a “trial run” of being a Salsa Club President. Last year I was an Events Coordinator and brought Salsa Fest to life. It was a challenging time when I had to do pretty much what the president has to: I made the magic happen seamlessly to the outsiders and spread the love for salsa all over. I managed a committee of 6 people, coordinated logistics, responded to endless emails, kept track of a million things at once and stayed on top of multiple contractors (who sometimes ignored me even when I called them on personal phones). At the same time, I promoted the festival all over Virginia and encouraged dancers to come dance salsa with us (as a side effect, I made friends along the way and am going to a Zouk congress in Prague with one next week, yeaaah). I was the face of the festival online and offline, in UVA and beyond. I have enjoyed the time, pulled off a great festival and am eager to be in a similar role again, as UVA Salsa President.

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF TO SOMEONE WHO DID NOT KNOW YOU?

I am caring and responsible. I enjoy traveling and dream of going on a road trip around South America. I dress originally. I can’t live without hot tea/coffee and drinking yoghurt. You can find me wondering around exploring forests or art museums. I cherish my friends. But actually, being in salsa is probably my signature characteristic. Many of my friends even call me “Salsa Sasha” (or just “Salsa”).

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