UCD Dance Society is one of the largest and most active societies on campus and is dedicated to spreading the love and appreciation of dance to all its members. If you have danced your whole life and want to stick with it or have never even considered taking a dance class before, we are just the society for you!
We promote inclusivity through dance across campus. Each week, we host a variety of dance classes in differing styles for our members as a way to keep fit, have fun and learn something new. These classes are open level and everyone is welcome – no matter what level of dancer you are! This enabled UCD students to remain engaged with college life despite not being on campus. We also host occasional workshops and events that are more focused and often involve collaborating with other societies!
Our society is also home to UCD’s very own performance and competition crews who rehearse twice weekly to prepare for a variety of performances throughout the year as well as the big event – the National Dance Intervarsities that take place in semester 2. In 2022, UCD had the privilege of hosting this event which was later awarded Event of the Year at the UCD Society of the Year Awards. Our crews competed as well as acting as volunteers over the Inters weekend, with our Jazz crew being awarded 1st, and our Hip Hop crew coming 2nd and receiving the Special Performer Award!
We have been lucky enough to perform at Perform Ireland 2018, the GradIreland Graduate Recruitment Awards in the Mansion House, Dublin and Electric Picnic in both 2018 and 2019!
Our past national competitions have proven very successful for UCD Dance.
Jazz: 2nd place / Contemporary: 2nd place / Mixed Piece: 3rd place /Special Award: Stella Byng and Teresa Ishchuk, for jazz and contemporary choreography
Jazz: 1st place / Hip Hop: 2nd place / Special Award: Aishat Gazal, for performance
Hip Hop: 2nd Place / Jazz: 3rd Place / Special Award: Carly Harward, for Contemporary Choreography
Jazz: 1st Place / Hip Hop: 2nd Place / Mixed Piece: 3rd Place
Jazz: 1st Place / Contemporary: 1st Place / Mixed Piece: 1st Place / Special Award: Leanne Shaw, for performance
Jazz: 2nd Place / Contemporary: 3rd Place
Jazz: 1st Place / Hip Hop: 3rd Place / Special Awards: Katie Wong and Patrick Smith for Performance
Irish Dancing: 1st Place / Mixed Piece: 1st Place / Contemporary: 2nd Place / Hip Hop: 3rd Place
Hip Hop: 2nd Place / Lyrical: 2nd Place / Mixed Piece: 2nd Place / Irish Dancing: 2nd Place / Jazz: 3rd Place
More updates can be found at our Facebook page “UCD Dance” and instagram @ucddancesoc
Dance Now. Think Later.