BLDC Committee

2020-2021

 

Listed below are the current members of the Surrey BLDC committee along with some small details to help you get to know them. They are the ones responsible for running the club, from organising classes to taking the club away to national competitions. If you have any questions please ask the committee, they are happy to help in whatever way they can! We still have positions available so talk to us if you're interested!

President

Michael Hawley

Hey everyone! I’m Michael and I am the proud President of Surrey BLDC for the forthcoming year! I will be the one making announcements, bossing the committee around and generally making sure that everyone is enjoying the time they spend with us!

 

I joined BLDC in 2018, initially as something new and different to try, but I just fell in love with the sport and the people. I have been so privileged to be part of such an incredible community where everyone is so supportive and kind to one another, and I can say without a doubt that my fondest memories of University have been at the Club.

 

I LOVE talking to our members, so if you have any questions, comments or concerns – or just fancy a chat – please come along and say hi!

 

See you on the dancefloor!

Course: Business Management

Year: Returning to third year after a placement

Favourite dance: Sambaaaa (my inner Shakira cannot be tamed)

Member since: 2018

Vice President

Hannah Catterall

Hey I’m Hannah I’m your Vice President. I am in charge of booking rooms for classes and events, as well as sending you email up dates of what’s going on in the world of BLDC (so if there is any spelling mistakes I’m the one to blame😂)


I joined BLDC after going to the active freshers session as a whim when I had an hour to spend, that was best decision I could have ever made because I instantly fell in love with the club and the friends I have made. I was looking to join a dance club because I have been dancing since a young age but hadn’t even considered ballroom as an option to continue this passion.


As well as dance I also love musicals, so don’t ask me for music suggestions as I will probably suggest something like Waitress!
If you ever have any questions I’m here to help x

Course: Politics
Year: Second
Favourite dance: Cha
Member since: 2019 

Treasurer

jOe Prollins

Hello and welcome. I am Joe and I oversee the club’s finances for this year. I joined the club in my second year with no experience with dancing and have enjoyed it and have since stayed. My favourite aspect of the club is participating in Strictly Come Surrey, one of the University’s largest events. 

Other hobbies I enjoy include: Taekwondo, learning foreign languages, programming and pursuing outdoorsy activities. 

I look forward to welcoming you to the club and seeing you recognise, improve and develop your dancing abilities. 

 

Course: Chemical Engineering  

Year: Final 

Favourite dance: Acrobatic Rock ‘n’ Roll  

Member since: 2017 

Social Dance Officer

Barbara (barbie) Koliadi

Hello all, my name is Barbara (Barbie) Koliadi and I am the social Dance officer for this year. That means i will be in charge of what we get up to on Thursdays and organising workshops. I joined the club in 2017 and it was the best decision I ever made. They immediately became my second family and I am thrilled to be a part of the committee for the second time. I promise Thursdays will be full of fun, games, dancing and more. I love meeting new people so don't hesitate to come and talk to me or any other club member as we will always be there to help out or just have a chat. Do not be shy, BLDC will always care and be there for you. I love dancing as it is an amazing way to communicate with others and express our feelings.

Besides dancing, I love drawing, face painting and ice skating. I am also a disney and anime fan and I love winter x

Hope to meet you all soon.

 

Course: Dance

Year: Final

Favourite dance(s): Rumba and Samba

Member since: 2017

Team Captain

Paige Mullen

I’m Paige and this will be my 5th year in the club!
This club has been the biggest part of my university life and I have made so many great friends and people I consider family here! I have been dancing since I was 4 both competitively and dancing in shows so I have quite a lot of experience. As Team Captain with my lovely partner Allen Wesson, we want to make this club as fun as it can be. We are here for all things coaching related but also if you ever just need a chat too!


Course: Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
Year: Final (Master's)
Favourite dance: All latin
Member since: 2016

Team Captain

Allen Wesson

Hi all, I am ecstatic to be serving another year as one of your Team Captains – alongside my fabulous dance partner Paige Mullen! I have been dancing Ballroom and Latin – in both couples and competitive team formation since I was 6 years old. When I came to university, I so desperately wanted to continue my dancing journey, and fell into the arms of my new dance family – where I have been ever since. Besides dance I am an avid online gamer and self-proclaimed massive nerd, building computers and generally living up to the huge glasses on my face. My girlfriend of 4 years is beginning her adventures in the computer world because of me, so I have to at least pretend to enjoy her and I growing cacti as a hobby too (I do secretly love them very much)! I take great pride and joy in my position here, giving a chance to expand the dancing world for others is so incredible and I love every moment! See you on the dancefloor! - Allen ‘Snakehips’ Wesson

Course: Politics and Economics

Year: Third (Placement)

Favourite dance: Foxtrot

Member since: 2018

Team Captain

Admin

Rachel Drage 

Hi everyone! I'm one of the Team Captain Admins together with Paige and our job is everything competition (except training!) - organising comp entries, logistics and transport and sorting everybody out on the big day! It's a busy role but a great way to get to know all the members and have a lot of fun. Especially when you see people who love competing and improve their dancing by milestones throughout the year! I joined BLDC in my fourth year of Uni last September because I always watched Strictly and was itching to join in, but now I wish I had joined in my first year! It's so much fun and such a lovely community, it's definitely played a major part in making my University experience!

Aside from dance I love to horse ride, paint, read books and go hiking!

Course: Medical Engineering 

Year: Final (Master's)

Favourite dance: Waltz 

Member since: 2019 

Team Captain

Admin

Paige Knights

Hi, I’m Paige and I’m our club’s team captain for admin, alongside my parter in crime Rachel. I am responsible for the admin for all of our members and for organising competitions. I joined the club last year and was also part of the committee but Ballroom and Latin has always been a part of my life growing up. I hope to make everyone’s time at BLDC as smooth as possible, get everyone involved and having fun with competitions, and make sure that everyone is as welcomed into our big ballroom family as I was. Feel free to ask me any questions or just grab me for a chat or a dance! 

 

Course: Translation and Interpreting
Year: Final (Master's)
Favourite dance: Samba
Member since: 2019

Social Secretary

Abbie Tremellen

Hi, I'm Abbie and I'm joint social secretary for this year. My job involves organising social events throughout the year and making sure that every event is fun and memorable! I joined the club because I love to dance (and I'm not very good at any other sport!) and the club is so much fun! I've enjoyed every second of my BLDC experience so far. I'm always here for a chat so if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask!
Other than dance, I love to go for long walks and anything to do with baking!


Course: Nutrition and Dietetics
Year: Second
Favourite dance: Jive

Member since: 2019

Social Secretary

Namita soni

Hullo people. I’m your one of your social officers (the other being the fabulous Abbie). Our role involves us organising social events such as movie nights to dance parties and everything in between! It is really important to both of us that everyone is included and has a fantastic time. Since joining in 2018, I never once not felt that way during my time in BLDC.

Truth be told, when I first signed up, it was only for the fancy dresses but that changed soon enough and here I am 😊

Feel free to reach out for anything, including ideas for some fun socials. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Besides dancing, I’m into reading, baking and travelling.

 

Course: Business Management

Year: Final

Favourite dance(s): Jive, Tango & Viennese Waltz

Member since: 2018

Marketing and Communications 

Faith EVANS

Hey! I'm Faith and I'm the marketing and communications officer, which means that I have the responsibility of posting class times, editing this website and keeping our social media updated (including filming everything at competitions!). I heard about this club before coming to uni, and couldn't believe that you can literally join at any level! I was super nervous before coming to the active freshers session but once I got there it was so much fun! BLDC has really taught me that ANYONE can dance.

Aside from dance, I love Marvel movies, Doctor Who, Christmas and having a good chat, so don't hesitate to talk to me about anything!

Course: Sociology 

Year: Second

Favourite dance(s): Jive and Cha 

Member since: 2019 

Affiliations

Surrey BLDC is a part of the University of Surrey Students' Union. Inter-varsity competitive activities are governed by University Dancesport (IVDA).

 

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