What we’re all about
The Leeds University Union Ballet Society has been established for over forty years. We have around 130 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. All of our classes are taught by professional teachers who provide support, coaching and advice as well as challenging yet fun material.
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 dances 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, jumps and pas de deux work in class.
There are no auditions for our technique or pointe classes, you simply have to choose which class you think you will be most suited to. If you have any doubts about your exact level then please feel free to e-mail the society for more detailed information or advice.
Classes for 2017-18 are as follows:
- Beginners Technique (No experience up to Grade 2)
- Improvers Technique (Grades 3-4)
- Intermediate Technique Higher (Grades 5-6 seeking a more challenging class)
- Intermediate Technique Lower (Grades 5-6 of a less confident level)
- Advanced Technique (Grades 7+)
- Pointe (Intermediate/Advanced)
- Beginners Pointe (Beginners/Improvers)
- Dance Show (Intermediate/Advanced Level) - this class is now full for 2017/18
- Competition (Intermediate/Advanced Level) - this class is now full for 2017/18
Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, specific times can be found by downloading the timetable found in "useful documents" at the bottom of this page. Classes on Wednesdays are located in the Scarlet Studio in the Union (on the left just past Essentials), all other classes are located in the 'Stage@leeds' behind the Union (see google maps for how to get there).
Please note, Improvers Pointe members must have some experience in ballet prior to joining this class. If you have never done pointe work before, please speak to a committee member before buying membership for this class. If you have any questions about this, please don't hesitate to ask.
Performances and competitions
After the successful Annual Dance Shows held at the University in March 2016 and February 2017, we are looking to build upon this success and show everybody the talent within the LUU Ballet Society. For 2017/18 there will be show classes to showcase our members' talent, and all the hard work students and teachers put in throughout the year, this will be the Intermediate/Advanced Show class, Intermediate/Advanced Pointe class and our Advanced Competition Team. Our Comp Team will also have the exciting opportunity to enter LUU and national dance competitions.
So far for 2017/18 we had several successful socials. These include watching Northern Ballet's The Little Mermaid, Revs socials, a Christmas Meal, and a trip to watch an exclusive company class on stage by Northern Ballet. We have many more exciting socials planned for Semester 2, including Otley Runs, the annual LUU Dance Ball, and a pub quiz. Details will be posted on the LUU Ballet Society facebook page closer to the date.
Give it a Go (GIAG)
Not sure about joining? Come along to our give it a go session. Our Semester 2 GIAG will be held on Friday 26th January in the Scarlet Studio 5:30-7pm.
Membership for the Ballet Society 2017/18 will cost £10, a discount card for Revolution will also be included. We are unable to process refunds for this membership cost.
There is then a class fee to pay at the start of each semester which varies depending on the class.
To sign up for classes, simply buy your semesterly membership fees from the 'shop' tab at the top of the page. Details about when you can sign up will be available at fresher's fair.
Not sure about joining? 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 2 if you decide to leave the class.
Our classes are very popular, so in the event of them being full you can join the waiting list, and if a space becomes available you'll be notified. Please contact us either by Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org if your class of choice is full.
If you have bought a society t-shirt, please email us with the size of the t-shirt you would like. T-shirts are available from XS to XL, in both ladies and mens fit.
Please be aware that you do not have personal accident insurance cover related to this activity. If you would like any cover, please seek this individually. Here are some providers that you can enquire with:
For further information or queries, please contact the committee.