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.
"At the start, I was a bit nervous and intimidated by how amazing everyone else was, however I have improved so much this year and got to know so many lovely people. Dancing at UEA has been the highlight of my first year and it was something to look forward to at the end of a long and busy week! What I love about UEA Ballet is how accepting everyone is of people from all backgrounds and all abilities and just how enthusiastic everyone is; it really does feel like a dance family and I have definitely found friends for life. If you are looking for lots of dancing, lots of fun and lots of incredible people then you should come and join UEA Ballet!"
- Amie Dutton, 3rd Year, 2018/19 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
We have 2 competition squads – Advanced Ballet and Intermediate Ballet – which we enter into local and national competitions. In 2017/18, we went to the University of Liverpool and the University of Surrey’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 of travelling the country, meeting students from other universities and other UEA dance teams, and, most importantly, experiencing the pride of representing your UEA!
Every year we also compete against the Essex Blades at our annual Derby Day. In 2018, the blades unfortunately packed a win in ballet, but UEA still dominated for the 8th year in a row, winning Derby Day once again. Derby Day 2019 will take place at home once again, and we hope you’ll join us, whether you are a competitor or a supporter.
Our competition squads meet:
- Sundays in the SportsPark Dance Studio: 1-2:30pm
- 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: Amie Dutton
Vice President: Chloe Rowlatt
Secretary: Camille Verrier
Treasurer: Tansy Jones
Competitions Representative: Katy Beeton
Social Secretary: Beckie Goodall
Publicity Representative: Sophie Royds
Equality and Diversity Champion: Mion Yu
Health and Safety Officer: Molly Mackay
Union Council Representative: Tansy Jones
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/28376868411/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ueaballet
Twitter and Instagram: @UEABallet