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15 May 2019 UCanDance May update

Hello Everyone!

It's a busy term here at UCanDance so scroll through this email and see if any events catch your eye.

Games night

UCanDance isn't all about dancing! Join us this Saturday, May 18th for our first casual social event of the year - games night. Bring along your favourite board or card games and some snacks to share. There's rumors we might even set up VR with Beat Saber.

Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 7-10pm
Location: Undercroft 101
Cost: Free!
Event: Games Night.

End of term party

The second of our term parties is coming up in a few weekends, on Saturday June 1st. The theme is "first letter of your name," so think creatively and surprise us with your costume!

Date/Time: Saturday, June 1, 8:00-11pm
Location: Riccarton High School Hall (same as Wednesday classes)
Cost: $5 cash on the door

Hanmer weekend

Every winter UCanDancers spend a weekend dancing and relaxing in Hanmer Springs. This years' Hanmer trip will be held on July 27th and 28th. Signups are now available online through UCanDance Hanmer Signup. The cost is $70, which covers transport, dancing, entry to the hot pools, and all meals except Saturday lunch. Register quickly, because we are limited to 40 people.

Date: July 27-28
Cost: $70
Party Theme: TBD - your suggestions welcome!
Event: Hanmer Trip

Class times Wednesday

Just a reminder that Wednesday's class times are different this term due to the special class. Wednesday times are as follows:

7:00-7:05pm Doors Open, Setup & Free Dancing
7:05-7:50pm Special Class: Cha Cha
7:55-8:40pm Modern Jive
8:40-8:45pm Free Dancing
8:45-9:30pm Salsa
9:30-10:00pm Free Dancing

Mondays still start with MJ at 7:15 and Salsa at 8:15.

See you at dance,

Louisa Hall
UCanDance Secretary

1 Apr 2019 Holiday classes and Key Dates

Hello all,

Term one comes to an end this week, but hopefully you aren't too swamped to come to one last week of class. Read further for information on upcoming holiday classes and annual events.

Holiday classes

During term break we will be running workshops every Wednesday in DW1 (In the Jack Mann theatre on Dovedale Campus). Join our fantastic teachers to learn more about technique and styling.

Wednesday 10 April: MJ Foundation Technique with Jeremy and Jess
Wednesday 17 April: Latin Styling and Musicality with Michael Hobbs and Amelia
Wednesday 24 April: MJ Styling and Musicality with Jeremy and Jess

Doors open at 7pm, with the workshop running from 7:15 - 8:15, followed by free dance until 9:15. Hope to dance with you there!

Special class: Chacha

Join us for the first special class of the year: five weeks of chacha classes for only $25! Experienced teachers from Latin Fire will be teaching this five week set, which starts at a total beginner friendly level and progresses each week.

The course runs all of term 2, from Wednesday 1 May through Wednesday 29 May. You can sign up at the door and pay either at the door or online. More information can be found on the Facebook event.

Term 2 classes

In term two, we will be teaching Modern Jive and Salsa. Class times for Mondays, in Burnside High, are as follows:

  • Doors open (7:00pm, Burnside HS)
  • Modern Jive (7:15 - 8:00pm),
  • Free dance (8:00 - 8:15pm),
  • Salsa (9:15pm - 9:00pm),
  • Free dance (9:00pm - 10:00pm).

Class times for Wednesdays, in Riccarton High, are different because of our Special Class: Chacha

  • Doors open (7.00pm, Riccarton HS)
  • Chacha (7:05 - 7:50pm)
  • Modern Jive (7:55 - 8:40pm)
  • Salsa (8:45 - 9:30pm)
  • Free dance (9:30 - 10:00pm)

Classes are $3.00 for students and $5.00 for non-students. And, if you come to class on Monday, you can come on Wednesday for free!

You can find maps to exactly where on the UCanDance website.

Welcome Back Party

Our first dance party of the year will be on Saturday 27 April from 8pm - 11pm at Riccarton High School. The theme is Half n' Half, so come dressed in a skirt and waistcoat; half red, half blue; as a bizarre chimera; or any half/half combination you can think of!

Tickets are $5 at the door. Dress up, bring your friends, and dance, socialise, and eat snacks.

Other annual events

Save the date for these future events:
End of Term Parties 2-4 will be on

  • 1 June
  • 24 August
  • 19 October

in the Riccarton High School Hall.

Hanmer Trip
Our annual weekend away to dance and relax in Hanmer Springs will be held on 27-28 July. More information and signups will follow in Term 2.

Happy dancing,

Louisa Hall
UCanDance Secretary

4 Mar 2019 Bring a Friend Night

Hello everyone!

It was wonderful to see all the new faces at UCanDance last week, and also great to see some of our old members returning. We hope to see you back tonight and on Wednesday.

Bring a Friend Night!

On Wednesday we are having a Bring a Friend Night. Bring all of your friends, make your friends bring their friends, get everyone to come along and share the enjoyment of dancing. This class is free for anyone who has never been to a UCanDance class before, so your friends have no excuses not to come.

Find out more on the Facebook event Bring a Friend Night!


A reminder to everyone that classes this year are held from 7 - 10pm Mondays and Wednesdays. Mondays will be in the dance studio at Burnside High School. Wednesdays will be held in the Riccarton High School Hall. You can find maps to exactly where on the UCanDance website.

In term one, we will be teaching Modern Jive and Bachata. Class times are as follows:
- Doors open (7:00pm)
- Modern Jive (7:15 - 8:00pm),
- Free Dance (8:00 - 8:15pm),
- Bachata (8:15pm - 9:00pm),
- Free Dance (9:00pm - 10:00pm).

Classes are $3.00 for students and $5.00 for non-students. And, if you come to class on Monday, you can come on Wednesday for free!

You can find more information on the website, or join the Facebook group to keep up with the latest news.

See you at class!

Louisa Hall
UCanDance Secretary

Welcome back for Term 2!

UCanDance is the University of Canterbury's dance club, specialising in popular partner dances such as Modern Jive, Salsa, Bachata and Rueda. 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!