2017 entry "We're all MAD here!"
Choreographed by Emily Stephens and Elena Cinelli
A very merry unbirthday to you! The all-star pairing of Emily and Ellie smashed this routine based off Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland bringing the cast to life on the dancefloor. Featuring Alice; the White Rabbit; Tweedledee and Tweedledum; the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat; the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter this choreography certainly brought Wonderland to life leading us to our first ever double win! The NUDC trophy was reclaimed and the IVDC trophy remained firmly in our hands. Congratulations to Emily and Ellie for their amazing choreography and thank you for taking the time to perfect EVERY step!
2016 entry "Sugar Rush"
Choreographed by Connor Duggan
Based on music from the famous Nutcracker ballet Connor choreographed a phenomenal piece for one of Nottingham's largest performances yet. A large attention to detail and clever tricks and drops ignited the crowd leading us to our first IVDC win and claiming the coveted trophy for Nottingham. This is truly a performance that is better watched than described. Thank you Connor for all of your hard work in developing this amazing piece of choreography and initiating the crowd-favourite "death" move!
2015 entry "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Choreographed by Emily Sams
This offbeat performance embodied contemporary dancing with the back drop of the rocky seas! Captain Emily Sams worked tirelessly behind the scenes, winning the Offbeat trophy at NUDA and placing top 5 at IVDA. She managed to incorporate over 30 of UoN's dancers and even taught dancers how to do a backwards role. Spectators gasped and cheered as performers synchronised sword work with costume changes. Hats (or should I say swords) off to Emily for a spectacular routine with lots of beautiful, elegant moves.
2014 entry "The Curious Mixtape"
Choreographed by Miriam Baringa
"The Curious Mixtape" is a peculiar mix of three styles of dance. Our dancers kicked (and flicked) the routine off through the 1920's with a fun and vibrant Charleston performed to Paolo Nutini's "Pencil Full of Lead". Our dancers put their heart and soul into this dance with crazy smiles and breathtaking lifts! From here we moved into the sleek and sexy streets of Buenos Aires with the Argentine Tango. Full of gauchos and ochos our team brought a dark and mysterious tone contrasting the excitement of the Charleston. Finally our dances finish off this years routine with some Jazz! This was a wonderful finish to an amazing routine as our dancers went all out to show the judges which University is the best. Clearly this convinced the Northern University Dance Competition judges as our team won the Northern Offbeat Competition and finished in the top 5 in the Inter-Varsity competition in Blackpool. It's a wonder how a total of 42 dancers managed to fit 3 completely different styles of dance in just three and a half minutes but they did! We'd like to thank Miriam for all of her hard work and choreography and for making every second of this years offbeat amazing!
2013 entry "Pop Tarts"
Choreographed by Em Fowler
Inspired the by colourful costumes and urban romance of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony piece “Frankie & June say Thanks Tim”, which took us on a 'flashmob-style' journey through British music, the team paid their own homage to a decade of great music – the 90s. Mixing bubblegum pop, hiphop, rave and Irish dancing into 3 mins 30 seconds was no easy task and plenty more songs could have done the piece justice had there been more stage time, but the team captured the crazy clothes, attitude and fun of the era brilliantly. The team came tantalisingly close to winning the Northern competition (missing by just one judge's placing!) and placed in the Top 6 at IVDC, but they gained by far and away the biggest cheer at both events. Other unis commented that the originality and pure unadulterated fun of the routine deserved a higher place - but the team, made up of a whopping 27 members of varying dance abilities, came together and gave it their absolute all.
2012 entry "Fun, Laughs, Good Times"
Choreographed by Sophie Harker
Nottingham’s first ever entry to the Offbeat competition came in 2012 with a modern twist on the Bob Fosse classic ‘Sweet Charity’. A small but enthusiastic collective donned showgirl leotards and fishnet tights, though thankfully not Nick, who (as our only gent!) played the role of ‘Big Spender’. The dramatic opening from Michael Buble’s 'Cry Me A River' was followed by a gyro-tastic romp to ‘Hey Big Spender’ complete with chairs and closed with an outstanding tap duet from our multi-talented Nick and Charlotte. After a ‘dry run’ at NUDC, the team finished a very creditable 5th at IVDC.