Who We Are
A Message From The President:
Hello, and welcome to Surrey Ballroom and Latin Dance Club! Whether you have a long dance career or have never made a step on-beat in your life, there are always memories to be made in our club. We are a community built upon our passion for dance; but moreso the joy and experience it has brought each of us. Our members and coaches each cannot wait to share the gift of dance with you, and bring you into our wonderful community. No matter your history, no matter your experience; there is a home for you here!
Our classes are taught by both our team of professional coaches, each with years of experience between them, as well as our own member volunteers. Dancing for the first time can be intimidating (it certainly was for me), but the energy of the classes and the charisma of our coaches will get you on your feet in no time!
Dancing means a range of things to different people, and BLDC has space for all of it. Our club is extremely successful in the competition front, boasting many stories of first-time dancers reaching finals at the many competitions we attend, including the prestigious Inter-Varsity Dance Competition at Blackpool. Competitions are designed to be inclusive of all levels of dance, all throughout the year, and are experiences that last a lifetime! Of course, competitions are not for everyone. That is why we are active in many performances hosted at the University and beyond. Chief among these is Strictly Come Surrey, our spectacular in-house show that showcases everything we’ve learned!
Prior to my second-year, I certainly could not have imagined myself dancing. Yet the most defining moments of my University career thus far have been either on-stage or on the dancefloor; and behind those moments are hours of fun and memories in class. None of these things would be made possible without the community we’ve grown, each of us cheering and supporting one another through thick and thin.
Our club has something for everyone, whether you want to compete, perform, or just find a new group of friends. You don’t even need to bring a partner; just bring yourself or some friends, and start making some memories. We can’t wait to meet you!
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. We also teach Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, and even Paso Doble!
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 at the University and beyond, even hosting our own annual Strictly Come Surrey!
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!