Already passionate about ballet? Keen to revive an old love for 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 important 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
Saturday RAD Ballet Classes:
We hold weekly classes run by our fabulous RAD teacher, Kate, in the SportsPark Dance Studio every Saturday:
- Beginners: 4-5pm
- Intermediates (Grade 7-Vocational Intermediate Grade): 5-6pm
Every Saturday 6-7pm will either be:
- Pre-Pointe Class 6-6.30pm
- Pointe Class 6.30-7pm
Monday Night Classes:
We also hold a technique class, lead by our coach Tyler Carey, in the Kiff Matheson Suite at the SportsPark. Beginners is open to all abilities so come along whether you're completely new to Ballet or want to brush up on your technique. Later in the term part of the class will be dedicated to learning variations from different ballets too!
- Beginner: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
- Intermediate/Advanced: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Pop Ballet Workshops:
We hold ballet classes to pop/charts music, learning different choreography. These will take place with our show squad or as extra workshops throughout the year.
Each year we have 2 competition squads – Advanced Ballet and Intermediate Ballet – which we enter into national competitions.
In 2018/19, we went to the University of Surrey, the University of Manchester and the University of Northampton’s Dance Competitions, and in 2019/20 we went to the University of Sheffield and the University of Manchester – 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 UEA. Check out our Youtube channel to watch some of our previous dances!
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.
Our competition squads meet:
- Sundays in the SportsPark Dance Studio: 1:45-3:15pm
- Thursdays in Blackdale: 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. We have also created a beginner’s dance especially for those who do not compete but would still like the chance to perform at the show. We hold regular socials, with nights out at the LCR or in the city, alongside weekend brunches, theatre and cinema trips and other great events like a roller-skating social!
We keep all our members updated via email 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.
or message us on Facebook and Instagram
Ballet love! xxx
President: Juliette Rebold-Stead
Vice President: Molly Rayson
Secretary: Megan Simmons
Treasurer: Kavita Mudan
Competitions Representative: Rebekah Temple-Fielder
Social Secretary: Emily Man and Hayley Brown
Publicity Representative: Holly Astell and Lucy Potter
Equality and Diversity Officer: Sofia Paloma
Health and Safety Officer: Alice Pritchard
Union Council Representative: Florence Bourmand
Welfare Officer: Paige Shaw
First Year Representative: Sophie Field
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/28376868411/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ueaballet
Twitter and Instagram: @ueaballet
Additional Cost of Sport Ranges
The additional cost of sport project, which was created by the Students’ Union, alongside uea+sport, is designed to give prospective members information on the range of costs they may face in joining their chosen sport.
This range should be taken as guidance. For compulsory costs, this price includes uea+sport membership which is £55, and you only need to pay once to join all of our clubs.
When considering additional costs, some clubs may have none and others may have further costs. This is often dependent on the level of competitiveness for the sport you get involved in, and so recreational or socially playing may be cheaper. You may also have equipment which can be used between multiple sports, for example shoes or gum shields.
For any questions, please ask the sport club for specific further information, or email@example.com for further information on the project.
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