Morley Glass and Glazing are one of our fantastic sponsors for the year 2016/17. So far their sponsorship has enabled us to buy some beautifully designed dresses for the gals, and potentially some snazzy new ties for the guys, all in our brilliant team colour, hot pink!
The six sizzling dresses are crucial to catching the judges’ eyes at the competitions; a dreamy Ballroom dress or a sultry Latin dress can help to create a dramatic impression on the floor. The dresses also boost the dancers’ confidence, as they know the stunning dress will accentuate their steps. The new dresses are also cleverly crafted and brilliantly made. Created from a flexible stretchy fabric, they are super flattering for all shapes, sizes and body types. The dropped hems, and slightly longer Latin skirts are extremely versatile, so they are great for a multitude of Latin dances. The ballroom dresses are also fantastic due to their sneaky leotards and wide straps, making underwear options easy peasy and comfortable. Morley’s sponsorship is also giving the guys some glitzy pink ties to match our team colour and dresses, making Nottingham one indomitable team!
As a thank you to Morley for providing us with the sponsorship to develop our team's wardrobe, their name is emblazoned on our hoodies right beneath the LBSS logo, to show our cohesion. These hoodies go everywhere with us, so Morley will be with us too, helping us to win medals and trophies at every competition! #wearenottingham
Check out their blog article and website here: http://www.morleyglass.co.uk/morley-sponsorship-helps-society-keep-dancing/
Let me tell you a story about my children. A long time ago when they were really little, my three daughters absolutely loved dancing. I can remember so many evenings when us parents were required to sit on the settee clapping and cheering whilst they put on a show. They would twist and turn and do little roly-polys and jump up and down and fall over. Their energy was infectious and always made us laugh and feel like proud parents.
They loved it so much that we started to take them to ballroom dancing lessons at the local church hall. There, they started to learn steps, rhythm, and techniques. Over time they could do the basics of the dances and the shows in the sitting room morphed into rather plodding cha-chas and sambas. Of course, we continued to applaud and over the years they got better and better.
There came a point in their classes, when the emphasis of their teachers focused on something other than technique. It began to include “musicality”. This had a more intangible, less defined quality than the steps and was about letting their personality show up, playing with the rhythms, creating something magical and magnetic that drew your eye in.
I went to watch the International Ballroom Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October. It was a spectacular occasion and one I would recommend. I really noticed those dancers who stood out because of this “musicality”. They stood out because all of the dancers on the floor had the technique mastered. It was the musicality that made those who were excellent, stand out. Their love, passion and involvement in the dance shone through.
It is the same in our work lives. Sometimes, we have the skills and behaviours we need to be competent. To reach the next level, though, it’s the “musicality”, not just in what we say and do but in who we are, that catches other people’s eye, draws them in and takes us to the next level and certainly, it is one of the things that is critical in leadership.
Take a look at yourself and ask, along with developing your skill and expertise, what are you doing that catches the eye, engages with people and draws them in? How are you expressing your passion in your career? What are your doing that ignites and inspires?
Good luck at the LBSS Competition at The Kings Hall in Stoke on 29th November. Indigo are delighted to be sponsoring the Ex-Student Awards. I am looking forward to a great day watching you all dance.
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15th November brings us our first competition of the season! Leicester is always a lovely way to start the dancing year, and we have plenty of newbies ready to go. From all of the team we wish you, and our regular competitors good luck!!
Competitions always seem to bring out the perfectionist in a dancer, those who thought they'd 'dip their toe' in the competitor world find that they're stuck quick and never look back. I've seen a person simply attend our taster session and end up being one of our most dedicated team members - fake tan and all! The adrenaline you experience when you step on the dance floor is second to none, and the thrill from getting into that final becomes incredibly addictive. Working hard and seeing results is one of the most satisfying things that a person can experience, and with dancing, you WILL improve if you work hard- there's no cheat, you have to put in your all.
Physical fitness is a brilliant stress release, and dancing is a workout that you can never find in a gym. You will work muscles you never thought you had, and no longer will you be out of breath running up the stairs! Surely dancing to Uptown Funk has more appeal than monotonously running on the spot staring at a sweaty room?
Dancing is the most unique for of exercise, and competing is addictive. So I welcome all of the beginners into a world that they'll never look back from.
Welcome to the most fabulous society you'll ever be a part of, and here's to the new dancing year!
Strictly is back on our screens and early morning lectures are upon us so it is the perfect time for Nottingham Latin, Ballroom and Salsa society to welcome you all to the 2015-16 dance year!
I have two left feet. I have to wear pink lycra and sequins. What on earth is fake tan?! All these worries and more will be fabulously washed away at our free taster session at 7:00PM in the Great Hall on Monday 28th September.
Here you will be taken through the basics of Latin, ballroom and Salsa dances by professional coaches.
Not only that, but you will meet our gorgeous committee members and mingle with some of our current members (don't worry, we don't bite!) You don't even need to bring a partner!
Certain you want to join our team? Already got experience? Well why not stop to our novice pairing up session 20:30 till 22:30. For those of you competing in the novice and above category, our crack team of dancers could give you your very own Pasha Kovalev to dance the night away with (and of course to smash all our up and coming competitions!)
Finally, latin and ballroom lessons begin on the 12th October, and salsa on the 13th, so head on over to the university's SU page, get a membership and buy our 8 week lesson package! If you're unsure about what lessons to chose then please read through our lessons tab on the website to check the description and times. You'll be taught an array of dances by professional coaches so it is not one to be missed.
The committee cannot wait to meet you all so check our facebook page for more up to date information, but in the meantime;
First of all welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful time over the holidays and are looking forward to another semester of dancing. If you didn't have a chance to sign up for lessons last year the lessons are now available on the SU website.
Taster Session: Wednesday 28th January
We are holding another taster session in the Great Hall from 6pm to 8pm. It is only £1 for entry so come along and join in! This taster session will give you a chance to try out before you sign up for lessons so if you're unsure or you know someone who would like to join this is the perfect opportunity. Our committee members will be there to answer any question you have!
We are looking for some volunteers that will be available to help out during our Varsity Competition on the 29th November in the Marcus Garvey Ballroom. This will involve helping our Competition Organiser with registering teams; bringing refreshments to our adjudicators, scrutineers, and compares; collecting mark sheets from the judges ('running'); and helping with our raffle.
If you are available and willing to help please contact Sabi (Competition Organiser) / Ruth (General Secretary) at: email@example.com
Make sure you come along to our FREE TASTER SESSION!
Sunday 5th October 13:30 - 15:30
Great Hall, Trent Building, University Park
The Taster Session is your opportunity to come and try Latin, Ballroom and Salsa dancing for FREE! Don’t worry if you've never danced before – our coaches will be there to teach you some basic steps to give you an idea what the dances are like.
Everyone is welcome and make sure you bring your friends along!
We look forward to seeing you there!
It's not too late to join our fun, friendly and successful competitive
Latin and Ballroom Team!
We we will be holding another mini PAIRING UP session on
WEDNESDAY 29th JANUARY 2014
in the GREAT HALL 6-7pm
for anyone who's interested in joining our team
So, if you haven't got a partner but are interested in competing.....come along!
So, we were absolutely blown away by the hordes of new LBSS members who turned up for our dancesport team pairing up session yesterday evening - it is certainly looking like we will have the biggest team in Nottingham's history at this rate!
Team Captains James and Alice, our team coach Jackie and our most senior team members Kev and Em had the mammoth task of putting together all our new team partnerships who will be taking to the dancefloor to represent Nottingham this year. Many had never danced until this week and we were impressed by the sheer enthusiasm shown by some of these dancing newbies. We hope this will translate into some fabulous performances and team spirit - Warwick, Oxford and Cambridge had better watch out!
So well done to everyone who came along, thank you for your enthusiasm and patience whilst we put all of you together and most of all welcome to the team! If you haven't done so already, please join the team Facebook page where we will be posting information on lessons, practices, comps and socials:https://www.facebook.com/groups/699376270078049/
The first team activities, which all our new members should think about attending are as follows
Thursday 24th October: Girls Hair, Make Up and Cake Social - 7:30pm (see Facebook Group for details)
For the girls of the team. Come along for cake and a girly evening where we chat all things glam and tell you how to look strictly fab on the dancefloor. We'll give you hair, make up and clothing tips and our more experienced members will answer any questions about being on team. There will also be cakes and scrummyness.
Saturday 26th October: Guys Beer & Comedy Social - meet 5pm @ Mooch
For the boys - less about appearances (though some casual advice will be given!) and more about male bonding, a chance for the guys to get to know each other and ask any questions in a far more manly style over a beer and some chuckles at Glee Comedy Club.
Sunday 27th October: First Official Team Practice - 2.30pm - 5pm, Great Hall
Everyone welcome! Practice will be important over the coming weeks to get ready for competitions (first one on 10th November) so it's a good idea to get started straight away. Even if you have only learned a little bit so far, there will be help available to practice what you have learned and it will be more of an opportunity to get to know your partner and the rest of the team.
Your Team Captains are always on hand (as well as the senior team members) to help if you have any questions or concerns because at the end of the day team is supposed to be FUN and if you're not enjoying it you need to let us know - though we hope that most of you, if not all of you will get a lot of enjoyment out of being part of the team. DISCLAIMER: we are not responsible if you become totally addicted to dancesport and being on team by the end of this year :D
Wow, 3 whole days of Welcome Fair done! With appearances on Nuts TV and a Salsa workshop with the pupils of Emmanuel School West Bridgford, it's been a packed Week One for the society!
Thank you so much to everyone who came along to see us, to chat, to sign up and to find out more about the society. We hope you managed to catch our performances on the stage too (we are aiming to make the Danza Kuduro the next Harlem Shake you know!) It's been brilliant to see so many enthusiastic people (guys as well as girls!) wanting to join our lessons and our teams this year. We got around 100 memberships already from Welcome Fair and many more signed up to our mailing list.
If you missed Welcome Fair, you can still sign up for membership and lessons online here: http://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/getinvolved/society/latinballroom/
Or you can sign up at our 'try before you buy' totally FREE Taster Session - definitely not to be missed!
WHEN? Monday 14th October @ 6.30pm
WHERE? Great Hall, Trent Building
WHAT? We'll teach you (with our professional instructors) some basic steps in Waltz, Cha Cha and Salsa, watch some of our society and team members perform as well as find out about our Dancesport and Salsa Teams.
So, after working the stall on Day 3 the LBSS Blog Bot is sweaty, has no voice and somehow ended up with a Karni hat (which got a few odd looks on the bus home!) but a great job was done by all members of the committee and our performers in a brilliant effort for Week One.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the Taster Session but if you have any further queries before then, check out the rest of the website and our Society FAQ, or Contact Us via one of our channels.
Finally, here's a few pictures of our Welcome Fair shenanigans :)
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