Dance takes on Durham

The Dance Society brought back several trophies from Durham after a busy day of success in their first competition of the year.

The Durham Dance Fusion, hosted by Durham University’s Instep Dance Society, took place on 28 November and was attended by seven universities from across the country. The annual competition includes Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Street and Solo categories. Nearly 50 Newcastle students entered the competition, performing a total of ten dances.

All of the dances were judged by a panel of four professional dancers, with Newcastle winning six trophies over the course of the day.

Tap kicked the day off, with Newcastle coming third, behind Durham and Sunderland, in the Intermediate category and second in the Advanced. They followed this with another third place in the Intermediate Jazz and then came second in Intermediate Ballet. The day concluded with the Street Dance competition, where Newcastle came third out of six universities.

Newcastle’s best performance of the competition, however, was in the Solo category. Louisa Barnard bettered her second-place position from last year by coming out on top this time round. She said afterwards: “As a competitor myself, I can say that the adrenaline and healthy competition was so infectious.”

Pippa McLeod-Brown, President of the Society, also performed a solo dance.

The haul of six trophies equals the Society’s performance at the Durham Dance Fusion in 2013. McLeod-Brown said: “It was a fantastic start to our competitive year. All our dancers came together in full force to support one another.”

Barnard continued: “Of course every team wanted their university to win but nevertheless, there was a very positive rapport between all the universities. Team spirit and support continued throughout the competition, which was probably the most rewarding part from the day.”

“With more intense rehearsals in the pipeline, we intend to win even more at the next competition.” The Dance Society will continue to compete throughout the year, including at an event they will host themselves, where 12 other universities will head up to Newcastle to take part.dancesociety2 dancesociety3 dancesociety4Images: Hannah Sharratt

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