We are delighted to announce our new dance fitness class, led by Bodywork's Orsolya Ihasz! It will take place every Saturday morning at 11am, starting on Saturday 10th October, and will be available via Zoom for both students and non-students. This class is primarily aimed at dancers, to help you boost your training with exercises in cardio, strength and flexibility. However, it is appropriate for anyone, regardless of whether you have a dance background or not. We will be asking participants to sign up each week so that we can send you the Zoom link, so please fill in the following form to sign up for our upcoming session: https://forms.gle/JpsCxHVBq75HLFna8, and see our social media for the sign-up forms for future sessions!
We're excited to announce that at 11am on Wednesday 1st July we will be hosting West End performer Cris Penfold, who will be leading us in an online jazz class! Cris' previous performances include roles in 'Guys and Dolls,' 'Singin' In the Rain' and the UK tour of 'Kiss Me Kate,' and he has also worked as a choreography and teacher at London Studio Centre, Italia Conti and Central School of Speech and Drama. His class on Wednesday will be suitable for dancers aged 18+ who have reached an Intermediate level in jazz dance, and will cost £5, with a discounted price of £3 for Cambridge students. It will take place on Zoom, and will consist of an hour's class followed by a short Q&A.
To sign up, follow this link: https://forms.gle/S4i1FiRQqFrNtBpW7. The Facebook event can be found here.
Missing dance? Missing pub quizzes? Never fear, CUDS has got the perfect solution: a VIRTUAL DANCE QUIZ!!
Gather friends, family, the next-door neighbour’s cat, and join us for the CUDS virtual quiz on Sunday, 2pm.
It’s a chance to meet fellow dancers, show off your knowledge of different dance styles, and have fun! Feel free to join as a team and video call at the same time, or go solo and feel the pride of getting full marks using only your own brain, wow!
Date: Sunday 28th June
When: 2pm BST
A Zoom link will be posted in the event page closer to the time, we hope to see you there!!!
We're delighted to announce that at 7pm on Wednesday 24th June, the wonderful Neža will be leading a Female Dancehall class for us via Zoom. Neža has been dancing for almost 20 years, teaching a variety of styles including Commercial, Reggaeton, Twerk and Dancehall. Her favourite style is Dancehall, which comes from Jamaica. The essence of this dance is expressing and being empowered by the strong feminine sexual nature. Significant for this category are waistline moves including wining which is the basis for female Dancehall moves. This is why for this workshop we are going to focus specifically on different types of wine and waistline moves. This session will be suitable for beginners who have little or no experience in this style, and will have a duration of 90 minutes. It will cost £5, with a discounted price of £3 for Cambridge students. For more information and to sign up, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/qzaMhhjWRmrz6J3s6
The Facebook event can be found here.
We're very excited to announce that on Friday 19th June, Céline Gittens, Principal dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, will be leading a ballet class for us, open to dancers of all abilities! The class will take place via Zoom at 2pm, and will consist of an hour's dancing followed by a 15 minute Q&A.
Céline Gittens was born in Trinidad and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She trained with her mother, Janet Gittens, and at Vancouver's Goh Ballet Academy. She joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006 and was promoted to Principal in 2016. She has danced lead roles in ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, David Bintley and Kenneth MacMillan. Her notable roles include Juliet, Odette/Odile, Aurora, Lise, the Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanhilda and Giselle. In 2005 Céline was awarded a Gold medal and Audience Award at the Genée International Ballet Competition, which was held at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, London. In 2011 Céline was invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate young performers in the Arts and had the honour of meeting Her Majesty the Queen, and in 2016 Céline performed Swanhilda at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. Céline also gained a Master of Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Birmingham.
The session costs £3, payable to the CUDS bank account. Follow this link for more information and to sign up: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MTWVIKQda2NEe_EuYu35Wu9Vd7gq79fUTtdolrM3HTU/edit?usp=sharing
We're so excited to announce our first online event! On Friday 12th June at 6pm we will be watching Spectrum Dance Theater's SHOT, a piece choreographed by Donald Byrd reflecting on violence towards Black people in the United States. During the showing we will be discussing it and sharing resources on our Facebook event page, so it promises to be a really interesting and thought-provoking evening! Find more information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/341508746899961/
We are delighted to introduce the new CUDS committee for 2020/21!
President: Hannah Smith
Vice-President: Hazel Nicholson
Treasurer: Megan Hsu
Events Officers: Jasmine Coomber & Stella Rousham
Venues Officer: Alice Miller
Publicity Officer: Emma Guenther
Socials Officer: Ella Palmer
For more information, check the 'About' page on our website. You can also find us on Instagram at cambridgeunidancesociety, or on Facebook at Cambridge University Dance Society. If you would like to get in touch, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay tuned for an exciting programme of online events for Easter term and beyond!
Applications are now open for the CUDS 2020/21 committee!!! More information in the google doc attached - feel free to drop us a message on Facebook, or email email@example.com if you have any questions!
**APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!**
New deadline: midnight Thursday 30th April.
Information about committee roles:
Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7.45pm.
Tickets: £25-£35 (CUDS Tickets £15 - details below)
Richard Alston Dance Company return to the Arts Theatre for their final ever tour. Don’t miss the outstanding dance company on stage for the last time, celebrating 25 years with a terrific programme of work.
Featuring Alston’s new piece Shine On, performed to the song cycle On This Island by Britten and Auden, Voices and Light Footsteps, inspired by the glorious Madrigals and Sinfonias of Monteverdi, and A Far Cry by Martin Lawrance to Edward Elgar’s impassioned Introduction & Allegro. The evening ends with Brahms Hungarian, the hugely popular piano pieces performed live by Jason Ridgway.
As well as running a workshop with Richard Alston Dance Company on Sunday 1st March, CUDS have a limited number of reduced-price tickets available for the performance, including a pre-show talk. These cost £15 and can be booked via this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PqRy0TGjhoEJVHzWEqy00MGnnMXvh1HrfWVamqSweNI/edit?fbclid=IwAR0kAk98MdFGM0cJx9CVNgASil3XLuLEKjpm5pzb9y8T_FAtrSMhCCXeg2w
Full-price tickets are available to book via the Cambridge Arts Theatre Website: https://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/whats-on/richard-alston-dance-company-2020
Cambridge University Dance Society looks back over a fantastic year of regeneration in 2019!
2019 was an important year for CUDS; after a couple of years of inactivity, the society welcomed a new committee and launched a new wave of activity for the year ahead. In addition to setting up our new Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages and website, the committee has been hard at work running events throughout the year. Here are some of our highlights:
MAY: Open Swan Lake Workshop with New Adventures
Led by two dancers, Michaela Meazza and Jack Jones, this offered a unique opportunity for 30 participants to learn repertoire from Matthew Bourne's groundbreaking dance theatre production and gain an insight into life as a professional dance artist.
OCTOBER: Committee members took to the University of Cambridge Freshers' Fair with our new banners and flyers!
OCTOBER: CUDS Freshers' Event / Open Meeting
CUDS invited representatives from various different dance societies and groups in Cambridge to an open meeting to discuss the future of dance in the city. Those attending enjoyed brilliant demonstrations from the University's Street Dance Team's Steph and Nat, and Cambridge Bachata duo Veronica and Bryan.
OCTOBER: Intermediate Ballet Workshop with Zenaida Yanowsky
We were thrilled to host former principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Zenaida Yanowsky, for a three-hour workshop at the end of October. Zenaida led a brilliant technique class, followed by two individual coaching sessions for advanced dancers, offering a wonderful insight into the teaching style of a professional ballerina. This was followed by a Q&A, in which we were all so struck by Zenaida's immense generosity and warmth on top of her clearly outstanding talent!
CUDS led an ambitious creative project towards the end of University term; put together over just three weeks, RE:CONNECT saw creatives across multiple disciplines come together to respond to the current climate crisis. The project culminated in a two-night sharing of work created, including original compositions, choreography, videography, and a demonstration from XR's 'Rebel Hoopers', in a vibrant and passionate expression of our anxieties, fears and hopes for the future of the world around us.
After a brilliant year of revitalisation for CUDS, keep an eye out on our Social Media as we welcome in the new year for a sneak peek of our upcoming events for 2020!
Love, The CUDS Committee Xx