Who We Are
A Message From The President:
A massive, warm welcome to Surrey Ballroom and Latin Dance Club (BLDC for short). We are a dance club by name, but have so much more than that to offer. We have an incredible community of members, coaches and friends who share an unrivalled passion for Dancesport and the enjoyment it brings. Anyone and everyone is welcome with us, whether you have experience on the international stage, or two left feet (like me!), Surrey BLDC welcomes you all with open arms.
Dances are taught by both our fantastic professional coaches and our volunteer member coaches, who have years of experience to offer, so you will never be short of things to learn and new moves to try! Our coaches are hugely supportive and motivating, helping you to develop your dancing prowess whilst ensuring you have fun along the way.
There are a plethora of opportunities with us, of both a friendly and competitive nature, throughout our calendar; the most coveted being the Inter-Varsity Dance Competition in Blackpool! This is an immense experience, and a chance to dance at the stunning Winter Gardens. This is a perfect chance to bond with your fellow dancers, both friends at Surrey and new ones you meet on the floor. Some of my fondest memories were made on these weekends, and I’m sure yours will be too. Be sure to check out pictures and videos on our website, social media and YouTube.
If the competitive sphere isn’t what you want out of your dance experience, there is so much more for you to try. We have an extensive social offering too: Social Fun Dances, Performances, Parties and Shows. We also hold social events throughout the year in addition to our standard social offerings: Masquerade and Christmas Balls, movie nights and bar crawls!
Come and see first-hand what our club is about. Bring a friend or yourself and we can find you a partner. There is something on offer for everyone so come and get involved. We would love you to join us. See you on the Dancefloor!
A Brief Intro
SurreyBLDC is the Ballroom & Latin American Dance Club at the University of Surrey.
We currently offer classes to University of Surrey students and ex-students as well as some external members. We teach all the main ballroom & latin dances such as Waltz, Quickstep, Samba, Cha Cha Cha and Jive.
The club caters for all levels of dance ability – from complete beginners right up to the more advanced levels. Through weekly professional coaching and committee-run practice and technique sessions we ensure that everyone receives the correct teaching to either compete, perform, or simply just learn to dance!
We compete at numerous competitions throughout the year, including at the Inter-Varsity Dance Competition in Blackpool. If your interests don’t lie with competing, we also regularly perform show routines and April 2016 even saw the inaugural Strictly Come Surrey – definitely one of the highlights of the year.
Before 2006, the club was known as the Ballroom Dance Society (BDS), but that year it changed to the Ballroom & Latin Dance Club (BLDC). 2006 was also the year we had to say goodbye to our former coaches, Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace, who will be well known to those of you who are fans of Strictly Come Dancing...
The club has been around since before 1986 and is one of the oldest clubs at the University of Surrey. We hope to continue the legacy on for much longer!