Studies/Studied: International Relations (MA Hons)
Since when she has started dancing: As a complete beginner since the very beginning of uni life
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dances: Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Samba
Most memorable dance memory: Dancing in front of the Edinburgh Castle prior to NYE
Hobbies outside of dancing: Baking & cooking, photography, exploring the great outdoors, and occasionally playing the keyboard
What you want to say to newcomers: “Learning ballroom dancing is a life-changing experience, it brings so much benefit to your life and adds more flavour to your uni experience – it improves your overall confidence and posture, your physique, and being with the EUBDS you discover a dance family that helps you to strive to become a better dancer.”
Studies/Studied: Biomedical Sciences (BSc Hons)
Since when he has started dancing: I started with Latin two years prior to uni and ballroom when I joined the Society in my first year.
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dances: Quickstep, Samba, Rumba, Jive
Most memorable dance memory: I loved dancing in Blackpool as the place has a magnificent atmosphere.
Hobbies outside of dancing: Reading; learning new things in general; all forms of exercising
What you want to say to newcomers: “The first reason why I think you would love dancing is that you learn a life-long skill which you will be using your whole life. The other benefit of dancing is being a part of the Society with such a great community. Moreover, I feel that thanks to the contact in dancing, it is much easier to form a long-term friendship.”
Currently studies: PhD, Informatics (Data Management and AI).
Previously MSc in Big Data Analytics and AI
Started dancing: Last year of MSc
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dance: Chacha and Jive
Most memorable dance memory: Dancing in the beautiful park of Hornsbergs strand (Stockholm) at sunset
Hobbies outside of dancing: Playing piano, Running, Hicking, Photography and Videogames
What I want to say to newcomers: “Wishes can come true. But not if you just wait for miracles.”
Studies/Studied: Animal Biology at Edinburgh Napier University (BSc Hons)
Since when she has started dancing: Since second year uni, 4 years ago – 2016
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dances: Chacha and Jive
Most memorable dance memory: Expecting jive music to begin during a competition and the music being definitely not Jive. And then having to work out what dance we should be doing resulting in a surprise Rumba. The most surprising part was – we came 3rd!
Hobbies outside of dancing: Fostering Podenco dogs for a charity, spending time in nature, watching and reading everything geeky
What you want to say to newcomers: “Edinburgh Ballroom Dancing Society is a very welcoming society of people of all levels, backgrounds and passions. I had never danced (or done anything much active) before joining and in 4 years have learnt many fabulous dances and techniques. There is also no pressure to keep progressing or competing, allowing me to stay at a level I am comfortable with and can continue to enjoy attending classes.”
Studies/Studied: MSc Psychological Studies with Mental Health
Since when he has started dancing: During my second year of my undergrad degree at the University of Edinburgh
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dances: Foxtrot and Rumba
Most memorable dance memory: Being inspired by the EUBDS welcome week demonstration enough to give Ballroom and Latin dance a try!
Hobbies outside of dancing: Exercising, Gaming, Cooking, Music, Videography, Writing, Teaching, Swimming, Tabletop RPGS, and being an advocate for mental health awareness.
What you want to say to newcomers: “Let’s dance the night away!”
Studies/Studied: Biomedical Sciences (BSc Hons)
Since when she has started dancing: The last year of high school
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dances: Quickstep, Jive
Most memorable dance memory: My very first competition at the Northern Universities Dance Competition 2019, at our very own Edinburgh!
Hobbies outside of dancing: Learning British sign language, Swing dancing and teaching Japanese
What you want to say to newcomers: “Dancing has changed my life for the better, and I’m sure it will change yours too! If you’re not sure, just give it a go! What is there to lose”
Currently studies: PhD, Chemistry (materials-based)
Started dancing: First year of my undergrad
Favourite Ballroom/Latin dance: Foxtrot, Jive (I also compete in Classical Sequence, where my favourite is probably the Saunter Reve)
Most memorable dance memory: Probably the first time I wore a ballroom dress to represent the University in the team match (B team quickstep!)
Hobbies outside of dancing: Wind Band, baking, swimming, designing experiments for science festivals
What I want to say to newcomers: “I’ve loved ballroom dancing, and EUBDS ever since I’ve joined. I’ve made some wonderful friends from all different universities, and had some fantastic experiences with the society. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!”