Trent Dance put on a show!

At the weekend, we hosted our annual dance competition within the City Student Union building – and WOW what a success it was! With over 300 dancers attending from 10 other Universities, it is fair to say, we organised a day to remember for everyone.

After our wonderful Timi Oluwasanmi started the day off at 10:30am, and let us hear from all 3 of our judges – everyone was very excited. The morning consisted of; Intermediate & Advanced Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Lyrical, all of which are very technical, challenging and diverse styles of dance. Dancers from all universities immediately proved it to be tough competition from the offset – with some incredible routines showing great technique and performance. The University of Exeter’s tap routine was so FIERCE, they were fantastic. The judges were already onto a very difficult start!

The afternoon consisted of; Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary, Hip Hop and the Wildcard category. By this time, the student union was full and there was not a chair available in sight! Our very own Emily Allen – NTU Dance City Captain – won the Best Girl of the competition for her consistently great performances, and especially for her Contemporary performance. Well Done Em, we’re so proud!!

The atmosphere certainly heated up when the Hip-Hop category commenced… The talent and standard was unbelievable in both the Intermediate and Advanced categories and it was lovely to see every University cheering each other on. Who knew David Attenborough could be interpreted into dance? Credit goes to the amazing Leeds Beckett…

The Wildcard category was certainly the best way to end a fantastic day. From Irish Dancing to Dancehall, it was definitely entertaining. The two male solos from the University of Exeter and Leeds Beckett University were both so different but breath-taking. NTU Dance loved them both!

If I could talk about every dance then I would because they were all AMAZING and NTU Dance are so proud to have hosted such a successful and fun day. Thank you everyone.


We would like to thank our lovely committee; Izzy, Charlotte B, Hannah, Emily, Charlotte R, Katy Law, Lib, Beth, Lauren, Milly, Natalie and especially our Competition Co-Ordinator, Beth Waller-Scott, who ensured this day was perfect in every single way and we are so proud of her. She even took home a Win for her Intermediate Contemporary piece, which is something very special to the whole of NTU Dance. We love you Beth!

Thank you to every University which attended, you were all FABULOUS and we hope you come back next year.

Also, a massive thank you to Timi for presenting the whole day for us and keeping the audience entertained and engaged – he did us such a great favour and was the perfect person to host!

Our judges, thank you all for coming and spending the day with us! Your expertise in all aspects of dance ensured we held an equally fair result in all categories. We really appreciated it and so glad you had a great day!

Finally, the wonderful Trent Dance. We are so proud of you all and everything we achieved – 7 wins, two 3rd places and Best Team Spirit!!! None of us expected those results but my goodness we did smash it out of the park. For some of us, it was our last NTU Comp and what a way to finish. Thank you all so much for making it even more special – I am getting tearful. LOVE YOU ALL.

Lots and Lots of Love
Trent Dance

By Charlotte Bailey

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