What we’re all about
Ballet is the basis of all dances today and we have a class and level of difficulty to suit all abilities, so if you are keen and interested then you will love our society. Ballet is one of the most beautiful and elegant forms of dance, and is renowned for its ability to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, posture and tone. For men, strength and power are pushed even further through lifts and jumps in class.
Membership fees and all of our classes will be available to buy from late September onwards by clicking on either the 'buy membership' or 'visit our shop' tabs on the top/right of this page. You will need to buy membership before you can attend our classes and socials.
Membership for the Ballet Society 2018/19 will cost £10, which includes a discount card for Revolution. There is also the option to purchase membership plus a t-shirt, which includes a ballet society t-shirt with our logo and the Leeds University crest on it.
Class prices vary depending on the length of the class, and a full list of prices can be found on our shop tab. A class fee covers one entire semester, with the exception of ballet fit which can be bought as one-off classes. Please note that you do NOT need to purchase the class fee for either of the competition classes, this will be processed later in the year.
Classes start 1st October (with the exception of the Intermediate Competition class which starts Thursday 18th October).
Unfortunately you will need to purchase the full term's class to reserve a space, however all students are entitled to a FULL REFUND within the first 2 weeks of Semester 1 if you decide to leave the class. We are unable to process refunds for memberships.
Our classes are very popular, so in the event of them being full you can join the waiting list by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Leeds University Union Ballet Society has been established for over forty years. We have around 220 students who attend classes to keep fit, improve their technique, perform, and make new friends. We are open to anyone with a keen interest in ballet, and we cater for all levels of experience; from complete beginners to advanced dancers. All classes are held on campus within purpose-built studios with sprung floors, mirrors and barres in either the stage@leeds or the union dance studios (please check the timetable to confirm where each class is located). All of our classes are taught by professional teachers who provide support, coaching and advice as well as challenging yet fun material.
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*Classes begin on Monday the 1st October 2018 EXCEPT Intermediate Competition which begins on Thursday the 18th October. Classes run weekly until the end of term (Thursday 13th December). Jade, Mango and Scarlet studios are in Leeds University Union, positioned in front of the Essentials supermarket. The stage@leeds is in a separate building, located behind the Union. Classes can be bought via the 'visit our shop' tab on the right.
- Beginners Technique: for complete beginners or grades 1-2
- Improvers Technique: grades 3-4
- Intermediate Lower Technique: grades 5-6 with less confidence
- Intermediate Higher Technique: grades 5-6 with more confidence
- Advanced Technique: grades 7-8 or above
- Beginners/ Improvers Pointe: NOT for complete beginners, students require previous pointe work or the go ahead from one of our teachers to be allowed to join
- Intermediate Pointe: for those with quite a bit of experience who are comfortable dancing in the center on point
- Ballet Fit: the only class for members and non-members alike, open to all abilities
- Show Class: please see below
- Advanced Competition: please see below
- Intermediate Competition: please see below
Give it a Go (GIAG)
Not sure about joining? Come along to our give it a go session. Our Semester 1 GIAG will be held in Jade Studio in the Union (near Essentials Supermarket) on Friday 28th September 5:30-7.00pm.
Performances and Competitions
Our award winning advanced competition team was formed two years ago by our competition secretary Claudia, who has returned from her year abroad this year to organise the team again and ensure they go from strength to strength. Last year the team won three awards: 2nd place at Newcastle University Dance Competition, Best Choreography at Leeds University Intercomp, and 3rd Place at Sheffield University Dance Competition. This team really is the biggest asset the society has, giving students the opportunity to travel to different cities across the north of England to perform award winning choreography and make lifelong friendships in a welcoming environment. Each year a new team is formed and auditions will be held in the first few weeks of term, so please come along to the competition class when term starts on 1st October.
This year (2018/19) we are also introducing a brand new INTERMEDIATE COMPETITION TEAM! This team is for those wishing to compete at a less technically intense level with NO AUDITIONS. This class will start on Thursday 18th October and is open to anyone above improvers level ballet.
Every year ballet enters in the successful annual dance show held at the university in March, this year we are looking to build upon this success and show everybody the talent within the LUU Ballet Society. For 2018/19 there will be a show class who will learn an exciting new routine and perform this in the LUU dance show. The intermediate pointe class will also turn into a show class in Semester 2, enabling our dancers to show off their pointe skills on stage in the show.
In 2017/18 we had several successful socials. These include trips to Northern Ballet to watch The Little Mermaid and an exclusive company class, Revs socials, a Christmas Meal, and an Otley Run, to name a few. This year we have many more exciting socials planned for Semester 1, including:
- Meet and Greet, Wednesday 26th September
- Varsity Mens Rugby Final, Wednesday 3rd October
- Revs Welcome Social, Friday 5th October
- The Royal Ballet's La Sylphide LIVE in Cinema, Sunday 11th November
- Northern Ballet's Exclusive Company Class Viewing, Saturday 8th December - and many more!
Times, locations and other details will be posted on the 'Leeds Ballet Society Members 2018-19' facebook group closer to the dates, so please join the group for more details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leedsballetsociety/
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For further information or queries, please contact the committee by email or on facebook.