Strictly Ballzoom

first_imgEvery year, the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team hosts a fall competition for beginner dancers at the Malkin Athletic Center. For team rookies, it’s the first opportunity to strut their stuff in the cha cha, rumba, swing, waltz, salsa, or bachata, and to cement the close-knit bonds for which the group is known.Facing a remote semester, Harvard Ballroom reimagined their landmark competition in an entirely digital format called Ballzoom — the only college event of its kind.“We [as an executive board] felt that the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team was more than just an extracurricular activity; it was a big family,” with 45 members, said Angelika Anette Antsmae, a rookie captain and rising sophomore on leave this year. “It would be unfair to lose communication with other team members during these complicated times, so we decided to provide an opportunity for our new dancers to participate” in a competition for the first time.Rather than try to recreate a live competition with multiple couples dancing to the same song at the same time, Antsmae and the group’s competition committee chair, Will Dey ’23, decided to use their burgeoning skills in computer science to develop a digital-first competition, and hosted Ballzoom over one weekend, Nov. 20-22.The process was layered and difficult. First, Antsmae and Dey used the coding language Python to create a platform to receive the dancers’ video submissions and automatically assign each couple or person a number, just as they’d receive in a regular competition.The team received 72 submissions from around the world, including seven current College students and recent alumni. To mimic the camaraderie of a traditional competition weekend, Dey and Antsmae set up Slack rooms with regular ice-breaker activities to help the dancers — from as far away as Canada, Romania, and Vietnam — get to know each other.Behind the scenes, they created tools that would match each video with the corresponding music and display the competitors in a synchronized Zoom grid with their competition numbers. They also put together a judging panel made up of national champions and assigned videos to each person that matched their expertise. On the Sunday of the competition weekend they broadcast almost three hours of competition live on Zoom and presided over the results, which included awards for first-year students and ballroom newcomers Maggie Chiffer, Bryce Reynolds, and Claire Guo in the rhythm, Latin, standard, and social (salsa and bachata) categories.The process was time-consuming and involved many late nights across multiple time zones, as Dey was at home in Austin, Texas, and Antsmae lives in Tallinn, Estonia. But it was worth it, they said. And in the spirit of collegiality, they published their open-source code on Github for other school teams to use for their own Ballzooms.“I’m really glad we were able to take stuff that we both learned in classes and do something that has a lasting effect and benefit to the team,” said Dey, who recently declared a joint concentration in computer science and physics. “The whole atmosphere [of live competition] can’t be recreated, but I think ours was different in a good way.”last_img read more

Jobs: Mc Gettigan’s Hotel hiring Chef and Reception Supervisor

first_imgDue to their continued success Mc Gettigan’s Hotel, Letterkenny are recruiting for the following positions:Experienced Senior Chef De Partie / Grill Chef (Mc Gettigan’s Hotel / Warehouse Bar + Kitchen)We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Senior Chef De Partie / Grill Chef to be part of our dynamic Kitchen team. You will need to have the followingExcellent culinary background required, 2+ years’ experience in this role.Have excellent HACCP & Hygiene awareness.Be able to work in all areas of the kitchen.Be able to work under pressure whilst also producing excellent cuisine.Confident working on your own initiative and also part of a successful team.Have experience in a busy Kitchen.If you are interested in joining our team and have the relevant experience for the role, we want to hear from you, please apply with CV to [email protected] Hotel Reception SupervisorExperienced  Hotel Reception Supervisor required to join our busy team at Mc Gettigan’s Hotel (full time role). The ideal candidate must have previous experience as a Senior Receptionist in a Hotel Reception.They must have the ability to assist and work closely with the Reception Manager in ensuring an efficient Hotel Reception service, increasing room revenue, controlling and taking full responsibility whilst on duty.Supervisory dutiesTo ensure the smooth running of each shift on the Reception desk.To assume complete control and full responsibility whilst on duty for each shift, including arrival preparations and departures.To ensure all  Hotel Standards are adhered to by all members of the Reception team whilst on shift.To ensure the correct telephone technique and manner is assumed by all Receptionists whilst on duty.To resolve where possible any guest complaints, otherwise, informing the Manager on Duty of complaints to ensure they are dealt with at source.Ensuring 100% guest comfort in the guest bedrooms and with other Hotel facilities.Successful Candidates must have:Previous Senior Hotel Receptionist experience – 2 years.A commitment to offering exceptional service and standards.Applicants must have fluent English and excellent communication skills.Ability to work well in a team environment and on own initiative.Knowledge of Hotsoft reservation system would be an advantageThis is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to be part of an exciting hotel team, if you feel you have the relevant Hotel experience for this role, we would like to hear from you, please forward a CV [email protected] Jobs: Mc Gettigan’s Hotel hiring Chef and Reception Supervisor was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chefChef de PartieGrill ChefhospitalityJob Vacanciesletterkennyletterkenny jobsMc Gettigans Hotelreceptionlast_img read more