Congratulations to The University of Plymouth Dance Club for achieving their Icons Award during a difficult year for sports. You deserve it for all your work throughout the year!
The UPSU Icons Awards celebrate our Sports Clubs and Societies that have gone above and beyond throughout this year. There are certain criteria each group has to complete to win their award which is then approved by the UPSU Sports and Societies Teams. This year we have seen so many amazing things happen throughout our student community, including the efforts of the Dance Society.
Who are the University of Plymouth Dance Club:
"The University of Plymouth Dance Club (UPDC) offers classes in ballet, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, heels and Afro-Caribbean. Classes happen weekly during term time and cater for everbody, from complete beginners to more advanced dancers.
We have both a recreational and competitive side to dance, so whether you would like to attend classes casually or be a comitted member of the competition team, you will fit right in! "
University of Plymouth Dance Clubs Successes:
The University of Plymouth Dance Club has gone above and beyond through this tough year for sports! They have completed and signed off on all their official documentation, uploaded them to their page on the UPSU website and kept them up to date through the year. They haven’t missed more than 3 Sports Forums through the academic year and held a successful Annual General Meeting (AGM) for members to vote in the next committee for UPDC.
They kept in line with all UPSUs policies & procedures and demonstrated effective financial management of their funding while keeping in touch with UPSU through the Activities Coordinator, completing all compulsory committee training and registering all trips, tours and events with the Students’ Union.
UPDC has been consistently engaged with UPSU through the year with regular meetings with union staff and Sabbatical Officers. They have hosted online socials and events at least fortnightly for their members including amazing virtual dance workshops with Emily Goodenough (CATS) and Adam Denman (Chicago) with the odd Wine and Vine Quiz in between.
They held two fundraising events, a Fundraising Quiz and the 1000km with UPDC challenge where members and committee could walk, run or cycle a part of the clubs 1000km to raise money, both in aid of Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services and they successfully produced a ‘Meet the Committee’ campaign on their social media.
Dance Club has been excellent at communicating with its members, with regular updates on social media, posting tips for feeling low in lockdown and making sure Zoom links are pinned on their pages for easy access. The committee actively promoted the UPSU Elections, one of the most important seasons of the year for Plymouth students to vote on who represents their voice as Sabbatical Officers in the next academic year as well as holding a free online Taster Week for non-members to try out some classes and experience what it’s like to be a part of the UPDC family.
And finally, UPDC has formed a working relationship with The Groovement Project, a dance studio in Plymouth, who have agreed to give the club access to their studios and classes when government guidelines allow it, along with working closely with professional West End dance teachers to provide workshops for their members and they plan to continue these relationships in the future! The committee has also collaborated with the UPSU Give It A Go Team and Tropical Island Society to organise weekly free Virtual Afro-Caribbean Dance sessions on the UPSU website. Well done Dance Club, you've made it through a hard year for sports and you've come out shining!
Congratulations from all of us here at UPSU!
The Dance Club has been awarded their Icons for all the amazing work they have done over this year, voluntarily and on top of their own studies, this couldn't be more deserved and we can wait to see what you bring to your Students' Union next year!
Stay tuned and keep an eye on our social media channels over the coming weeks to read a profile of each student group that has achieved Icons this year.
You’ll be able to find out more about what they did to receive this award and how you can get involved in September.
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