Dance Freshers' Survival Guide!
By: Billie Marriott
Welcome dance freshers!
For my first post, I’ve created a ‘freshers survival guide’ (which is basically just a list of things I wish someone told me when I started) to help you all start this amazing journey, so hopefully it helps.
- Miranda Labuschagne (the dance department administrator) knows everything. If you have any questions about the course, or your lessons, and you don’t know who to ask; give her an email or pop into to the dance office to speak to her. She’s always willing to help.
- WSIHE is actually one of the best student nights in Chichester. I wasn’t a part of a sports team last year so I didn’t think it would be that good. I was wrong, you don’t need to be part of a society to have a good time.
- Take as many opportunities as you can. The dance department is amazing at providing extra professional classes run by lecturers and giving you information on workshops/classes that are going on locally. Go to as many of these extra things as you can, these opportunities will not only aid you own dance practice but help you to build up connections for the future.
- Go to as many shows on in the showroom as you can. The lecturers put a lot of effort into organising these companies to come in for us and they have a variety of people every year. Going to see these shows is so beneficial, especially for your choreography.
- VK’s, they’re a part of student life. They do taste like drinking liquid sugar but you just have to accept and embrace it.
- Remember your student ID. I’ve lost mine countless times and having to spend £10 every time for a new one isn’t fun at all. If you do forget your card make sure you tell your lecture so you don’t get marked as absent; and the code for the doors is 111101.
- Join a club (or at least look at them). Freshers fair is great, you get loads of free stuff, last year we got Domino’s pizza. I personally recommend looking into the dance society, they offer loads of classes in a variety of different styles, so if you want to try something completely new or just continue with a style you did before University you can.
Kate Bonar is the president and is more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/groups/UCSUDanceSociety/?fref=nf
Kate’s email; Kbonar1@stu.chi.ac.uk
I hope you all have an amazing freshers week and enjoy all your classes, and you continue to read the dance department blog for information on upcoming events at the University, and to find out what exciting things are in store for your fellow students and the lectures. If over summer you’ve done anything exciting that you’d like featured in the blog feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org :)