From the President

The University of Calgary Ballroom Dance Club has had remarkable influence on the dance community. Many of our former students are teaching classes at various venues, some have become professional dance instructors. There is not a venue in town that does not have our current or past members participating as students, assistants or instructors.

We hope to continue to develop and nurture talent in the dance community. We have made some changes to improve our performance towards that goal. Some of these are:

  1. The club will be teaching ONE dance per class to allow members to have more fun, improve focus, and allow members to learn more dances in shorter time period. The classes are ONE hour long and and members may chose to register for each specific dance 5-week period

  2. There is a Level 1 Social on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to allow new and existing members ample opportunity to join us in Level 1.

  3. Country 2 and Social 2 will be taught by our Professional Instructor. This will help streamline the curriculum and process of learning and advancement for our members.

  4. Popular demand has prompted us to add a specific Westcoast class, and a Club Latin class (Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Casino Rueda, etc)

  5. Changes to the syllabus have been implemented to help members focus on the basics of each dance so that they are more comfortable and are better prepared to learn more complex patterns on their dancing journey

  6. A technique class has been introduced in International to allow members in both Gold and Silver, as well as those who have completed Social 3, to receive focused training on technique to help members progress in their dancing beyond just patterns.

  7. Argentine Tango Levels 1 and 2 will be presented in dedicated classes at Mount Royal Station in SW Calgary

  8. The club will hold auditions to help members chose the level that is appropriate to their skills. Better learning is facilitated, frustration is avoided, and a sense of community develops when all class members are at similar levels. Please see the Appropriate Skills Policy.

  9. As always we have the best professionals in Alexandra McPherson, and Kim Donaghy. We will be bringing others when possible to teach workshops at the end of the fall and spring terms.

We have thrived in the past because we offer a more inclusive and more attentive dancing environment through our team of teaching assistants. We continue to select the best available Teaching Assistants and train them to the best of their abilities.

Since I became president in May 2016, I became aware of the enormous amount of work needed for the club to function smoothly. The level of dedication and hard work by the executive is unparalleled. Our Professionals are always ready to help and along with our instructors and teaching assistants, we are extremely grateful for all the hard work.

One thing we cannot control, and we need YOUR help. Come to the classes and bring your friends. We will all be happier when the party and the circle of friends are bigger.

Should you have any concerns, please feel free to contact me through the Club email address.

TJ Al-Himyary
UCBDC President

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