Uni’s dance society cleans up in Durham

Lancaster University Dance Society.
Lancaster University Dance Society.

Lancaster University Dance Society (LUDans) was placed in six out of their nine entries at this year’s Durham Dance Fusion competition.

The event also saw LUDans win the award for Best Choreography in Advanced Modern Dance, extending their total number of awards to seven, the highest of all competing universities.

LUDans took seven competition teams to Durham; Inter and Advanced Jazz, Inter and Advanced Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, and Street. These were joined by two solo pieces, performed by Jennifer Tait and LUDans President Siana French.

The intermediate ballet was choreographed by Kate Nelson and Sophie Eyles and was awarded first place, while Siana French’s playfully choreographed Intermediate Jazz was also awarded first prize.

Adapting material from the film Mean Girls, LUDans’ Street Team achieved second place with a dance choreographed by Beth Hallet and Marco Choi, whilst Jennifer Tait’s vibrant tap piece was awarded the same accolade.

Rounding out a trio of fantastic second places was Siana French’s and Jennifer Tait’s lively and tribalesque Advanced Jazz number.

Not to be outdone, Charlotte Rutherford’s intricate and beautiful Advanced Ballet placed third, and LUDans’ incredibly moving Contemporary piece, choreographed by Laura Whitehouse and Vicky Wade-Matthews, received incredibly positive notes from the panel of professional judges, capping a hugely successful day.