UWE DANCE invites all students, no matter what age or ability, to join us! If you are looking to compete, or just join for fun, UWE Dance has something for everyone! We are looking for individuals with a drive and passion for dance. Attending 3 competitions a year, holding 1 Annual Showcase, and competing in Varsity against the University of Bristol, we are a club who pride ourselves on creating a full-filled year for ALL of its members! As for achievements as a club, we are currently undefeated champions, being voted UWE's 'BEST CLUB' for both 2018 and 2019 - if that in itself isn't enough to convince you to join our club, read below to find out more!
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OUR competitive TEAMS:
Rewind is our fabulous advanced hip-hop team who have just had their most successful season to date. Not only did these guys place 1st at Cardiff, 1st at Southampton and 2nd at Surrey, they also topped this mass success off by winning their category at Varsity against the University of Bristol! Rewind are a team known for delivering highly technical and energetic routines which are crammed with a variety of street dance styles; house, waacking, commercial, hip-hop and popping are to just name a few. If you are a skilled, passionate and driven street dancer, Rewind is the team for you.
Troupe is our fantastic novice hip-hop team, who continue to deliver both technical and highly energetic performances every time they perform. Previously placing 1st at Loughborough in 2012, 1st at both Bucks New University and Nottingham’s ‘Go hard or Go Home’ in 2014, 1st at Cardiff in both 2017 and 2018, Troupe continued this mass success by placing 2nd at both Cardiff and Southampton in 2019. With this success comes hard work; if you wish to be part of a passionate and victorious team at UWE, this is the one for you.
Ballet is one of the 3 teams in our ‘Classics Squad’ here at UWE Dance. Competing in the intermediate category at competitions, they are currently undefeated at Cardiff, placing 1st in 2017, 2018 and 2019! Other achievements include; 1st place at Southampton in 2019, 2nd at Surrey in 2018, 2nd at Durham in 2014 and 3rd at Bucks in 2014. Working closely with their fabulous teacher, members continue to develop their baletic technique throughout the year; we pride ourselves on creating current routines which stand out from the rest. By merging a diverse range of individual skills together, our ballet team continue to deliver award-winning performances each time they perform.
Contemporary is another one of our fantastic Classical Squad teams here at UWE Dance. With their unique and dramatic style, they continue to entice the attention of audiences each time they perform, winning awards everywhere they go. Not only did they place 2nd at Surrey in 2019 and 2nd at Cardiff in 2018, they were also awarded the ‘Performance Award’ at Cardiff in 2017 as well as winning their Varsity Category in 2019! Our contemporary team pride themselves on fostering their members individual style and using this to shine creatively. From lyrical to urban contemporary and flexible acrobatics, there is something for everyone!
Jazz is the final of our Classical Squad teams here at UWE Dance, of whom have just had their most successful season to date; 1st place at both Surrey and Southampton and a 3rd place at Cardiff. By working closely with their teacher, our Jazz team continue to develop their technique by not only focusing on the fundamental skills of jazz, but by incorporating an up-to-date style to create trendy and exciting performances which are highly energetic and technical. If you are looking to be part of a committed and skilful team at UWE, jazz is the one for you!
Check out our competition pieces from the 18/19 season:
VARSITY WINNERS 2019
In March 2019, we held our very first stand alone Varsity event against the University of Bristol with UWE Cheer and Pole. Not only did this event completely sell out, with over 350 people coming to watch, we also had our own DJ, food and drink stall, 3 fantastic judges, a presenter, local radio coverage, foam fingers and a whole load of noise makers. If that in itslef wasn't enough, it was topped off by us WINNING the hip-hop category, the contemporary category and infact winning VARSITY OVERALL! This was one of the most fabulous events in our calender this year and we cannot wait for Varsity 2020.
*BRAND NEW FOR THE 19/20 SEASON*
This year, us here at UWE Dance knew we wanted to give YOU the very best opportunity to shine. Our NEW Performance and Technique Training classes (PTT) encompass all of the key skills skills you need to do so, whilst giving you that fire inside to give a killer performance. Our PTT classes are as follows:
Lead by two members of our advanced hip-hop team, Helen and Marketa are experienced hip-hop dancers who specialise in all areas of street; commercial, house, hip-hop, waacking and popping are to just name a few. With this class, expect loud music, challenging, fun and different choregraphed routines each week, good vibes and, most importantly, personal growth.
Lead by Chloe, our fabulous advanced ballet dancer, this class encompasses core balletic strength, precision and technqiue. Expect an array of barre work, corner and centre excercises, short choreographed routines and a whole lot of fun!
Contemporary is arguably the fastest growing style in dance; urban contemporary, lyrical, classical ballet and modern are to just name a few of the styles umbrellaed under the term. Lead by Alice and Pippa, two experienced contemporary dancers, expect juxtaposing choreographed routines, fundamental skill learning and a whole lot of fun!
Jazz is arguably the most versitile style that ALL dancers can get involved in (even hip-hop)! Lead by Reanna, our fabulous advanced jazz dancer, expect sass, technique training, fun routines and a whole lot of sweat!
Tap is a style arguably loved by all! Our advanced tap dancer Chloe will be taking you through your paces week on week; expect skillful routines, key skill learning, killer performances and most importantly all of the sass!
open class (*NEW*)
Our BRAND NEW Open Class for the 19/20 season is something we have always wanted to do! Ever fancied taking a Heels class, a Salsa Class, or even an Urban Contemporary Class? Well, this is the place for you! Working on a rotational format, each class will be a different style of dance each week, thus giving you the opportunity to learn something completely new week on week! We are SO excited that this is now avaliable on our weekly timetable and cannot wait to see you all there!
OPportunities at UWE Dance
music video shoot with GuRl Band - February 2019
This year we were given the opportunity to feature in a music video for Gurl Band, a breakthrough indie rock group. This was one of the most exciting things we achieved this year and we are so proud of each and every single one of our dancers who took part. Opportunities like this are springing up all of the time and we cannot wait to endeavour on many prosperous journies across the 19/20 season.
Check out the music video here:
Freshers Fair 2018 recap
*meet us this year at uwe's freshers fair on the 20th september 2019*
frequently asked questions:
Do I need to audition to be part of UWE Dance?
If you wish to be part of one of our amazing teams, it is vital that you attend one of our friendly auditions in September. If this is not the case, and you would just like to attend our PTT classes every week, it is not necessary you attend an audition. However, we urge everyone to come to our auditions, as it is a great way to get to know everyone and they are also extremely fun!
How much does it cost to be part of UWE Dance?
The cost to be a part of UWE Dance differs if you are in a team or not. Alongsie the £20 fee everyone has to pay when joining a sport at UWE, if you audition for a team and are successful, you will need to purchase BOTH the ‘Dance Club Membership’ (£60) and the ‘Dance Squad Top-up Fee’ (£60), if not, and you just want to attend our PTT classes every week, you JUST need to purchase the ‘Dance Club Membership’ (£60) to enjoy a whole years worth of dancing! *MEMBERSHIPS AVALIABLE IN SEPTEMBER*
Where do I buy my membership to be part of UWE Dance?
In order to attend classes, team training, or both, it is vital that you have a UWE Dance membership. This membership is available from our page on the SU website (the one you are on now) and is located under the section entitled ‘JOIN.’
What classes are there and what times and days are they on?
We offer 6 classes a week across the days of Monday (5pm-9/10pm) and Tuesday (6pm-8pm). We offer classes in Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and, NEW for the 19/20 season, our Open Class. *OUR PTT CLASS TIMETABLE WILL BE MADE AVALIABLE SOON*
HERE'S TO ANOTHER FABULOUS SEASON!
We cannot wait to meet you all at UWE's Freshers Fair on the 20TH SEPTEMBER!
See you all soon.
The UWE Dance Team x