Welcome to UCanDance
We are excited to announce the upcoming ChaCha special class! The special class will run during Term 4 for 5 weeks and costs $20. Make sure to sign up in class and keep up to date on the Facebook event!
25 Aug 2015 Dancing Pro Tips: Dancing and Class Etiquette

Hey, dancers!
It was great to see so many of you at the mid-semester party this weekend!
Since we don't have class for a couple of weeks I thought I'd give you guys a bunch of pro tips on how to conduct yourselves at dance!

Tip 1: Be on time

Show up early to class. If you are early you can have a chat to your friends or get straight into some dancing. We understand that sometimes people run late, but try to come in quietly so as not to disturb the class.

Classes will be starting promptly at 7:30 next term, so make sure you're not late!

Tip 2: Listening

Is the teacher talking? Then you should be listening and your conversation should halt. Try turning early if you want a longer chat or wait until after the lesson.

If you are talking while the teacher is trying to teach, this can make their life difficult and detract from the value of the class for everybody else.

Tip 3: Follow instructions

Been asked to take your partner's hands? Do so, and start listening. Don't rush ahead. Know the move already? Focus on a technique point to improve it. For example, focus on your posture, tension, or movement. If you can both lead and follow the move well and understand the associated safety issues, then you could help your partner if they are struggling.

It can be confusing for both you and your partner if you start doing moves out of sync with what the teacher is talking about or calling out. Be patient and move with the class; this will help the class progress with a good flow.

Tip 4: Let the teachers teach

If you are stuck or your partner is stuck, raise your hand. Ask the teachers to go over the point or help you in the break. Helping your partner is great when they are still working on something that the class is collectively moving past and if you can fix it that's helpful. However, there is no need to teach ahead. Also, stick to what is being taught in class. You can experiment with other moves during freestyle.

If you speed ahead then you may confuse your partner and disrupt the flow of class. Make sure to stay in sync with the teacher and to raise your hand if you have a question.

Tip 5: You know this

If you know the moves and so don't think you have anything to work on, ask the teachers during a song or before class for something to think about or focus on. You can always improve!

Even professional dancers can learn something new by attending a beginners class. There is literally always something you can be improving on. Take the time to progress in time with the class and to focus on what you need to improve on.

Tip 6: Don't teach sits/dips/tricks yourself

On a slightly more serious note: if you would like to perform a sit/dip/trick that you do not already know then you should ask one of the teachers. UCanDance takes its safety very seriously and students who have not been properly trained in teaching sits/dips/tricks are prohibited from teaching sits/dips/tricks. Committee members and teachers will not hesitate to reprimand you for doing this during any of our events or classes.


If you would like to read more about class etiquette, how to dress for classes and parties and how to act on the dance floor then you can read a set of guidelines here on the UCanDance website.

Feel free to ask the teachers about anything mentioned above or that we may have missed. We are always open to help out, give advice and be advised.

Thank you for reading this slightly more serious email!

- Finn
UCanDance President

19 Aug 2015 End of Term 3!

Hey everyone!
I hope your last week of term is going well and that you're excited for a couple of weeks off! UCanDance will be taking a break over the holidays, same as you guys. Read on to find out what is coming up in Term 4!

End of Term Party

Come along this Saturday and have a dance to kick off the holidays with a bang. Entry is $5 and the doors open at 8pm. We'll have three hours of a variety of music and there'll be nibbles to keep you energised. See you this Saturday! Keep up to date on the Facebook event.

ChaCha Special Class

Signups are going well for ChaCha and it's looking to be a busy class, so make sure you get in on the fun.

The course starts on the first Wednesday of Term 4 and will run for five weeks with a break in the middle. The course is $20 up front and will be a really great chance to learn a style not usually taught at UCanDance. Signup in class and keep up to date on the Facebook event.

Magic on the Dance Floor

The annual UCanDance ball is here and it's going to be magical! The doors open at 7:30pm on the 19th of September and there will be a mix of styles played throughout the night.

Entry is $15 for students and $17 for non-students, free drink included! There will be awesome decorations, a photo booth, nibbles throughout the night and cake! It's going to be a great night so make sure you get a ticket in class next term or online. Check out the Facebook event for more details.


Come find me for a dance!

- Finn
UCanDance President


Other Dancing:
- Sunday Salsa Sessions at Cargo Bar, free entry, dancing from 7pm
- Latin Central @ The Cuban, 14th August, 9pm 'til late, free entry
- Salsa Nights @ Morrell & Co, Thursdays, 9:30pm, free entry
- Salsa Night Fever at Salsa Latina, more details through link

5 Aug 2015 End of Term Party, ChaCha Special Class & The Ball!

Hey everyone!
I hope you have all recovered from Hanmer Trip and are excited to learn some more dancing and to attend some great events. Speaking of great events, we have many coming up so read on and find out more!

End of Term Party

If you are like me then this semester is going too fast! Never fear, come take a night off from study and celebrate the mid-semester break with your favourite dancing friends! We are throwing a party at the Fendalton Community Hall on the 22nd of August from 8pm. There'll be a great mix of Modern Jive, Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Rueda. Entry is $5 and there'll be chips, fizzy and lollies provided. Keep up to date on the Facebook event.

ChaCha Special Class

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering a Cha Cha special class in the later half of this semester! The class will be taught by the amazing Michael Hobbs and Shannon Creighton.

The course will start on Wednesday 9th of September and run for five weeks with a break in the middle for a week (TBA). The course is $20 up front and will be a really great chance to learn a style not usually taught at UCanDance. Signup in class and keep up to date on the Facebook event.

UCanDance Ball

Coming up in Term 4 is the annual UCanDance Ball! This event is always a blast. It's a good excuse to wear your best and dance your heart out. The date is set for the 19th of September, from 8pm 'til 12am. Tickets will be on sale before the end of the term so keep an eye out for those and more information to come!


See you tonight!

- Finn
UCanDance President


Other Dancing:
- Sunday Salsa Sessions at Cargo Bar, free entry, dancing from 7pm
- Latin Central @ The Cuban, 14th August, 9pm 'til late, free entry
- Salsa Nights @ Morrell & Co, Thursdays, 9:30pm, free entry
- Weekly Zouk Dancing @ Salsa Latina, $5, 8:30pm - 9:30pm

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 La Tormenta Latina (Canterbury's largest upcoming Latin dance party), a ball, a weekend retreat to Hanmer Springs, a car rally, end of term parties and more!

Everyone is welcome - no experience or partner required!