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
The 2020 CUOS Mainshow, 'La Cenerentola' (Cinderella) is offering an exciting opportunity for two experienced ballroom dancers to complete their cast!
Full details of the show can be found here: https://www.camdram.net/shows/2020-la-cenerentola-or-cinderella?fbclid=IwAR0ZLYhrNx7C2sIHlyNY3SFANzft1DFUPUL_wWERJrbDksVqPQ8TcDtxXU4
And be sure to check out this Pinterest board to get excited about this ambitious production: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/mtgreenplanet/la-cenerentola/
To find out more, please message Madeleine Trépanier or email email@example.com !
Applications for CUDS funding are now OPEN!
If you or your society would like to apply for financial support, please send a letter to firstname.lastname@example.org stating clearly the amount you are applying for, your reasons for applying, and where else you have tried to secure funding. We do ask that you have tried to obtain funding from other sources first (e.g. college grants) before applying to us. Individuals may apply for a grant of up to £50, and societies may apply for a grant of up to £500. Please apply by 1st January for society grants, and 1st February for individual grants.
More information can be found on our Funding page.
We look forward to hearing from you!
4th-11th December 2019, 11.00pm.
The Cambridge University Ballet Club are putting on something new and exciting this term: Scheherazade at the ADC! The society's most ambitious project to date, this production boasts an original story adaptation researched from the folklore source material, costumes and set designed after 9th-11th century Persian art, and theatre elements including spoken word elements and a dancer on aerial silks - not to be missed!
BOOK NOW: www.adctheatre.com/scheherazade
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/515598922556341/