Welcome to UCanDance
We are gearing up for the first class of 2018! Get excited everyone its going to be a great year!
21 Apr 2018 Salsa Special Class

Hello Everyone!

Term 2 is kicking off with a bang with the first special class of the year, Salsa, beginning in week 2. If you're not planning on attending, have no fear of missing more dancing fun as normal classes will still be running every Monday and Wednesday. From week 2 Wednesday class times will be different to normal however!

Read on to learn about this time change as well as the awesome special class.

Salsa Special Class

The first Special Class of the year is Salsa, a lively Latin style. Special classes will run from 7:05 to 7:50pm every Wednesday between 2 May(week 2) and 30 May. Doors open at 7:00pm and the class will begin promptly at 7:05 so please be punctual. Checkout the Facebook event here.

The class is being taught by two incredible Salsa dancers, Mike and Shannon from Latin Fire. They will be giving a Salsa demonstration during class on the Wednesday of week 1 (April 25). Please note that this class will still begin at 7:00pm as in Term 1.

The cost of the class is $20 for 5 weeks of classes and you can sign up and pay with cash at any dance class prior to the beginning of the special class.

Follower and Lead numbers need to be balanced for the class so get in quick to secure a spot!

The format for Wednesday classes with the special class is:
- Salsa special class 7:05pm-7:50pm
- Modern Jive (7:55pm - 8:40pm),
- Free Dance (8:40pm - 8:45pm),
- Bachata (8:45pm - 9:30pm),
- Free Dance (9:30pm - 10:00pm).

First Class of Term 2

Classes will resume on Monday, 23 April. Doors open at 8:00pm and class will begin after everyone has paid so please be there at 8.00! Remember to bring a drink bottle, deodorant, and a spare shirt if needed.
Location remains the Riccarton High School Hall, so we'll see you all there on Monday.

Classes will follow on from material taught in term 1 so we'll still be learning Modern Jive and Bachata. This said, new dancers are always welcome as we can easily run through the basic step at the beginning of (or before) class.

If you need help learning or remembering specific moves you can speak to a teacher during free dance or before class.

The times for Monday classes are
- Modern Jive (8:15pm - 9:00pm),
- Free Dance (9:00pm - 9:15pm),
- Bachata (9:15pm - 10:00pm),
- Free Dance (10:00pm - 11:00pm).

Wednesday Week 1 Class

The first Wednesday class of the term will follow the same format as those in term 1 with doors opening at 7:00pm. There will be a Salsa demo from Mike and Shannon, the Salsa special class teachers, so definitely come along.

The class times are:
- Modern Jive (7:15pm - 8:00pm),
- Free Dance (8:00pm - 8:15pm),
- Bachata (8:15pm - 9:00pm),
- Free Dance (9:00pm - 10:00pm).

From week 2, Wednesday classes will begin at 7:55pm with doors opening at 7:00pm as outlined in the Salsa special class section.

See you there next week,

Noel Bisson
UCanDance Secretary

16 Mar 2018 Term 1 Social Events

Hi everyone.

Hopefully you've all been enjoying classes so far this term and have learnt some awesome moves. The social events happening this term are a great opportunity practice your new dancing skills, as well as get to know other members of the club better.

Picnic in Ilam gardens tomorrow 2:30pm

Tomorrow is our first social event of 2018! We'll be having a picnic in Ilam gardens with some music and dancing to get to know each other a bit better.

Location: Beside the Ilam staff house in Ilam gardens where the picnic tables are.
Time: 2:30pm onwards
Cost: Free, but bring along some snacks or drinks to share.
Event: Pic-a-nic in the Garden!

End of Term Party

The first End of Term Party is happening on the first Saturday of the Easter Holidays, 31 March. Come along for a great night of themed social dancing.

Details: Social dancing, food and fun!
Theme: Outerspace
Location: Riccarton High School Hall (same as normal class)
Time: 8-11pm
Cost: $5 cash entry on the door
Event: Coming soon

Concession Cards and Dance Ettiquete

Concession cards can be purchased for $25(students) or $45(non-students) during class. They buy you 11 weeks of classes at a discounted rate and mean you don't have to remember those pesky gold coins.

The dance etiquette observed in free dance and at all UCD social events is:
- Always ask someone if they'd like to dance, never just drag them onto the floor
- Anyone may decline a request to dance without giving a reason

- Stay fresh. Bring along some deodorant, breath mints or a spare shirt if needed. Deodorant and mints are available at the desk during classes for you to use.

- Don't get stuck in stereotypes! Follows can ask leads to dance too
- Have fun!!

Noel Bisson
UCanDance Secretary

25 Feb 2018 Welcome to UCanDance for 2018

Hello Everyone!

A very warm welcome to all our new members as well as those who are returning to us for another year of dancing! It's going to be a fantastic year and here's a quick update with everything you need to know about getting back into dance in 2018.

First Class

Classes begin next Monday, 26 Feb. Doors open at 8:00pm and class will begin after everyone has paid so please be there at 8.00! Remember to bring a drink bottle, deodorant, and a spare shirt if needed.
Location is the Riccarton High School Hall, so we'll see you all there on Monday. Be sure to checkout the Facebook Event.

For the first semester we'll be teaching Modern Jive and Bachata (both at a beginner level). The times of Monday classes are:
- Modern Jive (8:30pm - 9:15pm),
- Freedance (9:15pm - 9:30pm),
- Bachata (9:30pm - 10:15pm),
- FreeDance (10:15pm - 11:00pm).

Wednesday times (different to Monday)

Wedensday class starts earlier than Monday with doors opening at 7:00pm. The times for the night are:
- Modern Jive (7:30pm - 8:15pm),
- Freedance (8:15pm - 8:30pm),
- Bachata (8:30pm - 9:15pm),
- FreeDance (9:15pm - 10:00pm).

Facebook Events

Make sure that you like us on our Facebook Page and join our Facebook Group to stay up to date with the latest UCanDance news.
The group is the BEST way to keep in touch with other members of the club, and to keep an eye on any important updates that might happen from day-to-day. You can also use the group to arrange carpooling, make a comment thread for music requests, and organise trips to other social dancing events.

Noel Bisson
UCanDance Secretary

Classes are back on Feb 26th, 2018!

UCanDance is the University of Canterbury's dance club, specialising in popular partner dances such as Modern Jive, Salsa and Bachata. We run classes twice a week during the university year for just $3 for students and $5 for everyone else. Plus, if you come on Monday, Wednesday is free! Concession cards are also available.

We also run a variety of events throughout the year, including our annual UCanDance Ball and a weekend retreat to Hanmer Springs, end of term parties and more!

Stay in touch by joining our Facebook Group, and liking our Facebook page.

Everyone is welcome - no experience or partner required!