Learn to Dance at the UoBe Festival 2021

UoB students! Join our pro Latin coach for FREE beginner classes in Waltz, Cha-Cha and Jive with the chance of winning a free one-to-one lesson!

Learn to Dance at the UoBe Festival 2021

We have some exciting events coming up for you all during the UoBe Festival this year!

Beginner ballroom and Latin with Kerry

Our professional ballroom and Latin American dance coach, Kerry Dennehy, is teaching three absolute beginner classes during the UoBe festival in Waltz, Cha-Cha and Jive! If you've ever wanted to learn to dance and fancy picking up a new life skill - or just want to show off your favourite Strictly routines - we'd love to see you in one of our FREE lessons during the UoBe festival!

You can sign up to classes on the official festival website - click here to sign up!

Beginner Waltz Class

Monday 25th January at 2pm

Ben and Matt demonstrating the ballroom hold!

Are you fed up of swaying on the spot when a slow song is playing? Our professional coach, Kerry Dennehy, will teach you the basics of the Slow Waltz. At the end you will know enough steps to take to the floor next time you are at a wedding or a ball!

Beginner Cha-Cha Class

Wednesday 27th January at 2pm

Emilie and Luca dancing Cha at Blackpool 2020

Do you ever feel embarrassed about your moves when you're dancing in the club? Our professional Latin coach, Kerry Dennehy, will teach you the basics of the cheeky and flirtatious Cha-Cha-Chá. By the end of the class you will be ready to show off your new skills!

Beginner Jive Class

Friday 29th January at 2pm

Andrew and Jenny doing the Jive at Bristol 2020

If you've never danced before and are convinced you have two left feet, this class is for you! Our pro coach Kerry will teach the basics of the Jive, a fun dance done to American swing music. Next time you get the urge to dance in the kitchen, you will be ready!

Beginner's Ballroom Battle

How would Craig react?

Fancy putting your new-found skills to the test? By submitting a video of yourself and or/your household members performing any/all of three routines - Waltz, Cha-Cha or Jive - you will be in with the chance of winning a free lesson with Kerry!

Don't worry if you can't make it to any of the classes! You can find videos of the routines right here on this page!

Here is the Waltz routine - demonstrated by our superb ballroom coach Kevin!
Here's the Cha-Cha routine demoed by Kerry!
Here's the Jive routine, demonstrated by Kerry!

This competition is only open to absolute beginners and entries are entirely private - only Kerry will get to see your videos. Entries are through the form below.

Click here to access the form

BUDS Collaboration

Following the success of our previous collaboration we will again be joining forces with BUDS for a social and a couple of more advanced classes in Commercial and Jive. It would be great to see you there - links will be found on our Facebook group.

Birmingham Online Friendly

Finally, the UoBe festival was due to coincide with Birmingham Friendly - our annual inter-varsity dancesport competition - which is held annually in the Aston Webb Great Hall. This year we have moved to an online only event - entries close on the 23rd January, just before the festival starts, but you will have until the 30th January to submit your videos! There are categories for Beginner, Novice, Intermediate/Advanced as well as Open events and we would encourage all of you to enter if you are interested. The event itself will be premiered on our YouTube channel on Saturday 13th February at 2pm and it would be great to see all of you there - if you've ever wanted to see what a dancesport competition looks like, now is your chance!