Already passionate about ballet? Keen to revive an old love of dance? Or just looking for a great, welcoming sport club to join this year? Then UEA Ballet is perfect for you! Whether you have been dancing since you could walk or you’ve never stood at the barre before, UEA Ballet has something for you, regardless of your ability. UEA Ballet is one big family where you will make amazing lifelong friends.
"Like most, I came to UEA not knowing anyone, so joining a club that was welcoming and fun was importance for me. At my first class, I met people who would become some of my dearest friends at UEA. Not only did I make lifelong friends, but the ballet classes are such great quality with external RAD teachers that I found my technique has improved greatly. I look forward to going to class every week because everyone is so accepting and comes together to share their love of dance. UEA Ballet really is a dance family. Joining UEA Ballet has been one of the highlights of my past 3 years at UEA and I cannot wait for another year with my favourite club on campus!"
- Louise Hooton, 4th Year, 2019/20 President
RAD Ballet Classes:
We hold weekly classes run by our fabulous RAD teachers, Nickie and Kate, in the SportsPark Dance Studio every Saturday:
- Beginners: 4-5pm
- Intermediates (Grade 7-Vocational Intermediate Grade): 5-6pm
- Advanced (Vocational Advanced and Intermediate Grade/8+): 6-7pm
Each year we have 2 competition squads – Advanced Ballet and Intermediate Ballet – which we enter into local and national competitions. In 2018/19, we went to the University of Surrey, the University of Manchester and the University of Northampton’s Dance Competitions – this year’s competitions are still being planned. Auditions for the competitions teams (both Intermediates and Advanced) are normally held within a month of the start of term in October. Our auditions are fun and friendly so there’s no need to feel nervous about auditioning! Competitions are a great way to travel the country, meet students from other universities and other UEA dance teams, and, most importantly, experience the pride of representing your UEA!
Every year we also compete against the Essex Blades at our annual Derby Day. In 2019, our Advanced Ballet team won the ballet category and, overall, UEA dominated for the 7th year in a row winning Derby Day once again. Derby Day 2020 will be taking place at the University of Essex and we hope you'll join us, whether you are a competitor of a supporter!
Our competition squads meet:
- Sundays in the SportsPark Dance Studio: 1:30-3pm
- Thursdays in Constable Terrace Common Room: 8-10pm
Shows and Socials
If you’re not one for competitions, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved with all things UEA Ballet. We take part in UEA’s annual Dance Show, showcasing our two competition dances. In 2017 and 2018, we also created a beginner’s dance especially for those who did not compete. We also hold regular socials, with nights out at the LCR or in the City, alongside dinners, theatre and cinema trips and other great events. We've held a Roller-skating Social, trip to the Norwich theatre to see a ballet, and lots more including quizzes and LCR socials! We are already looking into many exciting events for all our lovely dancers and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
We keep all our members updated via emails and social media, so follow us for all the key dates you need to know!
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballet love! xxxxx
President: Louise Hooton
Vice President: Punch Saereesithipitak
Secretary: Emma Bullen
Treasurer: Eve Palmer
Competitions Representative: Hannah Darvill
Social Secretary: Katherine Turner
Publicity Representative: Ellie Roberts
Equality and Diversity Champion: Nicola Frankland
Health and Safety Officer: Lexine Lee
Union Council Representative: Bethany Hill
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/28376868411/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ueaballet
Twitter and Instagram: @UEABallet