Welcome to UCanDance
12 Aug 2019 No normal class this week

Happy Monday, all!

Here is a reminder for our weird week of events and some upcoming parties.

Rueda August 12th - Tonight!

Monday we will be holding a one-off Rueda class at Riccarton Primary School. Come along to brush up on your Rueda skills or to learn moves from scratch. Doors open at 7 and class starts at 7:15.

  • Date/Time: Monday 12 August, 7.00 - 9.00pm
  • Location: Riccarton Primary School Hall, 1 English St
  • Cost: Normal class

Arcadia August 14th

On Wednesday, August 14th, we will be hanging out at Arcadia, a place of retro arcade games, pinball, and karaoke.

  • Date/Time: Wednesday 14 August, 7.00 - 9.00pm
  • Location: Arcadia Retro Arcade and Pinball Emporia, 206 Barbadoes St

Arcadia is only a couple of streets away from the bus exchange and we'll make a post on the UCanDance Facebook Page for people to arrange car pooling early next week.

Knights and Dragons

I hope you're all putting costumes together for the Fantasy Medieval end of term party on Saturday, August 24th! It will be a great break from working hard all term.

  • Date/Time: Saturday 24 August, 8.00 - 11.00pm
  • Location: Riccarton High School Hall
  • Cost: $5

Four Seasons in One Ball

Our annual Ball is coming up in September. This year the theme is Four Seasons in One Ball, so start thinking about costumes. You can dress to epitomise a season, or simply wear something that's seasonally appropriate - Autumn is your pumpkin! Be creative, as there will be a prize for best costume. Tickets are $18 for students, $20 for non-students, or $25 on door. We will provide a plethora of snacks and there will be a few exciting performances by dance teams from the wider Christchurch community.

  • Date/Time: Saturday 14 September, 7.30 - 11.30pm
  • Location: Village Church, 365A Ilam Rd
  • Cost: $18/$20/$25
  • Tickets: Available on Door or online at eventbrite


See you at dance,

Louisa Hall
UCanDance Secretary

2 Aug 2019 Welcome to Term 3

Hi folks,

It has been great to see so many new faces the past few weeks. We hope you're enjoying our classes! There are a number of notices and exciting events coming up, so keep reading for information on a one-off Rueda class, karaoke, term 4 Special Class, End of Term Party, and a save-the-date for our annual Ball.

No normal classes August 12, 14

We could not book Riccarton Hall on the 12th and 14th of August, so there will not be class there. Instead, join us for two one-off events.

Monday August 12, we will hold a night of Rueda. Have you been at UCanDance and wondered what is going on when someone calls out "Rueda!" and a large group amasses to mysteriously dance complex patterns around a circle? This is Rueda, a form of Cuban salsa where people dance salsa patterns as directed by a caller. Come along to learn moves like Pise and Dame so that you can join in on future rueda songs!

  • Date/time: Monday 12 August, Time 7.00 - 9.00pm
  • Location: Riccarton Primary School Hall, 1 English St, Sockburn
  • Cost: Normal class

Wednesday August 14 we will meet for pinball and karaoke at Arcadia.

  • Date/time: Monday 12 August, 7.00pm
  • Cost: Free!

End of term party

On August 24, UCanDance is going fantasy medieval with our next End of Term Party, Knights and Dragons. Magic together a fantastic costume and dance until your carriage returns to pumpkin form or you depart to Save the Kingdom.

  • Date/Time: Saturday, August 24, 8.00 - 11.00pm
  • Location: Riccarton High School Hall
  • Cost: $5 cash on the door
  • Event: Knights and Dragons

Special Class - Lindy hop

The term 4 special class is Lindy hop. Lindy hop is a popular swing dance style that originated in the 1920s and 30s in Harlem, New York. It's an energetic dance full of pulse and musicality, danced with a partner to jazz music.

Rachel from Swingtown Rebels will be coming to class on Monday 5 August to perform a demo, so get excited!

  • Date/Time: Monday, September 16 - Oct 14, 7.05 - 7.50pm
  • Location: Riccarton High School Hall
  • Cost: $25 for the 5 week set
  • Event: Lindy hop

Save-the-date Seasonal Ball

The UCanDance Ball is our largest dance party of the year! This year it will be held on September 14, at the Village Church Community Centre. More information to follow.

  • Date: Saturday, September 14
  • Location: Village Church, 365A Ilam Rd
  • Event: UCanDance Ball

Term 3 Classes

Below is a reminder of the class schedule. Mondays are beginner nights, and Wednesdays are improvers, where we teach slightly more complex moves.

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

Classes are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for non-students. Concession cards (worth 10 classes) are $40 for students and $60 non-students. If you come to class on Monday, you can come on Wednesday for free!

You can find more information on the website or the Facebook page.

Hanmer Trip

The 2019 Hanmer Trip this past weekend was a big success! The weather was clear and surprisingly warm, and Loz's dance party playlist included many "Under-the-sea" themed songs. Check out the Facebook Group for photos. Thank you to all who volunteered to help cook, clean, and decorate. We couldn't have done it without you!


Keep dancing,

Louisa Hall
UCanDance Secretary

12 Jul 2019 Classes resume Monday

Hello everyone,

Semester break is wrapping up, so get excited to see all your dance friends at tonight's movie night, when you return to dance classes next week, and on the Hanmer trip at the end of July.

Movie Night

Bring snacks, pillows, and blankets, and come watch Into The Spiderverse with all us nerds tonight!

  • Date/time: Friday 12 July, Time 6.30 - 9.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101
  • Cost: Free!

Term 3 Classes

Classes resume next Monday, 15 July at 7pm in the Riccarton High School Hall.

In term 3, we will be teaching Modern Jive and Salsa. Class times are as follows:

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

Classes are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for non-students. Concession cards (worth 10 classes) are $40 for students and $60 non-students. If you come to class on Monday, you can come on Wednesday for free!

You can find more information on the website or the Facebook page.

Hanmer Trip

It's not too late to sign up to our annual Hanmer Trip. It's a great chance to better get to know the UCanDance community while dancing on Frog Rock, chilling and playing boardgames, eating tasty food cooked by the committee, dancing some more Saturday evening, and relaxing in the hot springs Sunday morning. The price is $70, which includes 3 meals, accommodation, transport, visiting the hot pools, and a dance party.

  • Date/time: July 27-28
  • Cost: $70


See you all soon!

Louisa Hall
UCanDance Secretary

Welcome back for Semester 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 $5 for students and $3 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!