Offbeat is an event where university teams choreograph their own group dance, usually based around a theme (e.g, a musical, style of music or style of dancing) that contains no Latin or Ballroom content. It is judged on 50% technical ability and 50% entertainment, so you do not necessarily have to be the best dancers to win. It usually involves dressing up in amusing and colourful costumes depending on the piece. There are two Offbeat events a year, the regional (northern) finals held as part of the Northern Universities Dance Competition (NUDC) and the national finals held as part of the Inter Varsity Dance Competition (IVDC) at the amazing Winter Gardens in Blackpool.
Our Offbeat Teams
Nottingham’s Offbeat team was formed in 2012 (after many years of non-participation in the event!), in 2013 finished runners-up in the Northern Finals and in the top 6 at the National Finals with our team consisting of 27 people in total, then in 2014 we finished first in the Northern finals and in the top 5 in the National finals with our biggest team yet consisting of 42 people in total. Practices are fun and friendly and it is a great way to bond with fellow society and team members
If you are interested in joining our Offbeat team, please read our FAQ here first.
See a video of 2014’s entry ‘The Curious Mixtape’ performed at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool
(video thanks to: Madeline Kirk)
For further info about our previous performances and pictures, click here.