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The Dance Performance Society at Leicester University offers classes in a range of dance styles (Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary), as well as conditioning and stretching. All classes are taught by our official ISTD teacher Lauren, catering to all ability levels by offering both beginner and advanced classes in Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, and Modern. Whether you want to try dance for the first time or you've been performing since you were tiny, there is a place for you here! 

Throughout the year we enter competitions with other universities, travelling as a society and enjoying fun, dance and great team spirit (and of course lots of hairspray!). These competitions are totally optional, as some of our members prefer not to compete and, instead, just enjoy training with the team and getting a break from the seemingly relentless essay-writing that is university. Our performance opportunities are not limited to competitions;  we get invited to perform at a number of events throughout the year, as well as holding our annual showcase on campus (which won the 'Event of the Year' at the Student Awards 2014). The showcase is a great opportunity to show family and friends what we've been doing for the year.

The society is great fun to be a part of with a lovely, supportive team. Contact us on social media for more information (links below)!

We look forward to welcoming you to the team. 

Lots of dance love


This year...

2020/21 was unfortunately a really different year for us as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were only able to run a few weeks of in-person classes before we were forced to move online. Having said this, we stil had some really great classes and managed to squeeze in a few more in-person sessions before the end of the year. We haven't been able to compete or perform this year, but it's just made us so much more ready to get back to dancing properly and to show everyone the amazing dance talent we have at Leicester.


2019/20 was a slightly different year for us. We had a fab Comp Season, travelling to compete at DMU, University of Leeds, and having an overnight trip to compete at the University of Liverpool. We brought home 9 trophies, including a first-place for our first ever Wildcard routine. We had some absolutely amazing socials, including a Christmas dinner and a charity movie night. We were busy preparing for our end of year events when Coronavirus struck, so, unfortunately, we could not hold our annual showcase, perform at Varsity, or have our famous bar crawl. However, we continued to host online classes during lockdown, and moved our charity Dance-A-Thon online, raising money for Sporting Equals. Despite our year not quite going to plan, we have had so much fun, and are desperate to get back dancing!


2018/19 was a hugely successful year for the society. We participated in 3 inter-university competitions (Nottingham Trent, DMU and Sheffield) bringing home 18 trophies, which is more than ever before (good job, team!). Our showcase also saw collaboration with three other societes our biggest audience to date, with 200 tickets being sold. We also raised over £600 for our chosen charity (for 2018/19 this was the Performing Arts Childrens Charity) through our showcase ticket sales, 12 hour charity Dance-A-Thon and movie night. On top of all of this hard work, we also certainly turned some heads on the dancefloor on our end of year bar crawl; another night of smiles, selfies and sore heads. We've certainly made some memories! 


In 2017, we were also awarded Performance Society of the Year at the 2017 Student Awards! 



President:                           Emily Dunham

Vice President:                   Maddie Coles

Secretary:                           Libby Moss

Treasurer:                           Jess Gordon

Competition Secretary:       - 

Wellbeing and Inclusion Ambassador:   James Morris

Social Secretary:                Lauren Williams

Publicity Officer:                Ellen Lynott



Membership:         £20 for the year


Members Training Fees: 

- 30 minute class: £1.00

- 45 minute class: £1.50


Non-Members Training Fees: 

- 30 minute class: £2.00

- 45 minute class: £3.00


Training Times : Please note- This is our 2020/21 timetable, and is subject to change for the next academic year



Multi-Use Space 1&2, Percy Gee

 Multi-Use Space 1&2, Percy Gee

6.00-6.45 Intermediate Contemporary  

6.45-7.30 Intermediate Modern

7.30-8.00 Modern Technique  

8.00-8.45 Advanced Modern

8.45-9.30 Advanced Contemporary

9.30-10.00 Free Stretch/Rehearsal


 6.00-6.45 Beginner/Intermediate Tap 

 6.45-7.30 Intermediate Ballet

7.30-8.00 Ballet Technique

8.00-8.45 Advanced Ballet

8.45-9.30 Advanced Tap

9.30-10.00 Free Stretch/Rehearsal      



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