CU dancers waltz their way to success at Inter-Varsity competition
Cardiff University DanceSport compete in Inter-Varsity Competition and strut to the top.
Cardiff’s dancers came away from Winter Gardens, Blackpool with a fourth-placed finish at the biggest university competition of the year.
33 universities competed on the prestigious dance floor from all across the country. Competitors included Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, Warwick and Southampton and the venue held around 1000 participants and spectators.
At the end of the long day the top 5 universities were Cambridge (56 pts.), Oxford (54 pts.), Bristol (52 pts.), Cardiff (50 pts.) and Nottingham (45 pts.)
CUDC Team Captain Sophie Timbers was ecstatic with the outcome of all the hard work. She reflected, “Cardiff A made the final of the Team Match Division 1 which is something that hasn’t been done in 11 years… taking the grand place of 4th! Offbeat were a brill 2nd! & we had lots of couples in most finals and semi finals!”
Bethan Edwards, the rather chuffed Team Captain danced in her last IVDC as a student. She gushed, “Fantastic results and amazing team spirit throughout the whole weekend. Sophie and I couldn’t have wished for more, you were all brilliant!”
Amongst its talented dancers, CUDC boasts dancer Bryan Heggs. He (and former partner Bethan Jones) won the World Championship Latin Formation 2013 in Paris. Along with his new partner Natasha Dumigan, they helped CUDC accumulate more bling.
“This was my first IVDC. It’s such a high standard on the university circuit and such a tough competition. Cardiff’s team spirit is insane – I’ve never seen anything like it!”
“Everyone is always so supportive of each other; especially in the team match, making the A team final (the crème de la crème of uni dancers) was such a proud moment. Plus dancing the last dance, the amount of support me and Tash had was awesome.”
Amongst ballroom and latin dances, the competition also included an Offbeat section. Here, each university participating had to choose a theme and perform accordingly. Cardiff’s chosen theme was Burlesque and CUDC came 2nd amongst 15 universities.
Lauren Rogers said: “As a choreographer, I was extremely lucky to have such a dedicated and hard working group of dancers to take to IVDC 2014. They performed beyond my expectations and the response from the audience and the feedback I received was amazing and they couldn’t have made me more proud!!!”
The fantastic day also included showcase performances by Andrew Escolme and Amy-Louise Baker, British National Amateur Latin Championship finalists. They danced and entertained the competitors and showed how it’s done!
“We are now one of the strongest teams and one of the most successful on the uni circuit this year
The gap between us and the leaders is increasingly becoming smaller and smaller,” said Laurence Lovell.
“It is now more of a thin margin and they know we are getting closer. They’re worried. I’m excited to see what we can do in the near future.”
If you’re interested in joining, the society hosts team practice at Taly sports on Thursdays and Saturdays as well as social sessions in the SU on Tuesdays (Salsa from 6 – 7pm and Ballroom & Latin from 7:00 – 8:30pm).