Welcome to Ballet
Leeds University Union Ballet Society is a well established university society with over 200 members who attend classes to keep fit, improve their technique, perform, and make new friends. We are open to anyone with an interest in ballet, regardless of experience, as our classes range from complete beginner to advanced.
Weekly classes are held on campus within purpose built studios with sprung floors, mirrors and barres. Our professional teachers support and coach our dancers, providing challenging but fun material throughout the year. Descriptions of the classes we provide can be found in the section ‘Files’ under ‘LUU Ballet Society Class Descriptions’. Our Semester 1 Timetable will be uploaded here before the beginning of term once timings have been confirmed!
Performance and Competitions
We have two award winning competitions teams, who travel to universities in Semester 2 to compete against different universities. Our teams did amazingly well at our 2023 competition season and we can’t wait to see how they do next year!
Advanced Team: 2nd Leeds, 1st LJMU
Intermediate Team: 2nd Leeds, 2nd LJMU, 1st Sheffield
Our competition teams give our dancers the opportunity to travel across the North of England to perform in front of other talented dancers and further improve their performance skills in a challenging, but supportive environment. Auditions for our team will be held in the first few weeks of term. Please note, all competition dancers will need to take part in a technique class.
In addition to our competition teams, we have two show teams. In 2023 our show teams performed two beautiful pieces in both the LUU Dance Show and our annual Ballet Show. There are no auditions for our show teams but all members must take a technique class alongside their show class.
Our annual Ballet Show takes place in Semester 2. All dancers in our society are given the opportunity to take part in this, and routines are taught in our weekly classes in the weeks leading up to the show. Last year's show was titled ‘The Gallery’, and dances were based on famous paintings. The show is a great opportunity to show friends and family what we have learnt in the year. To see videos of our previous show routines, head over to our Youtube channel, LUU Ballet!
Our socials are open to all our members, and occur every other Wednesday. We have a mix of drinking and sober socials, where you are guaranteed to have a great time and meet lots of friends. In the last few years we’ve had nights out at Revs and Mischief, laser quest, pottery painting, Christmas meals, and even discounted ballet theatre trips!
We also host multiple charity events each year, including our Danceathon and charity pub quiz. The Danceathon is our biggest fundraising event which is open to everyone (not just our members), where we hold many dance classes throughout the week. We collaborate with many of the amazing dance societies at LUU to provide a wide variety of dance styles. It’s always an amazing way to try new styles while raising money/items for charity! Last year, we collected donations for Star at Leeds (Student Action for Refugees), an incredible charity at LUU. We managed to collect over 100 non-perishable items which we hope will make a difference to many locals.
Details of all our socials will be posted on our members facebook page ‘LUU Ballet Society 23/24 Members’. Make sure you request to join this group after purchasing your membership!
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. You can enquire with Endsleigh and Sports Cover Direct if required.
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