This year the Bodysoc Society has completely re-branded itself, from the colour scheme right down to its new official name of ‘Liverpool Bodysoc Dance Society’. If you haven’t already noticed, the University seems to have undertaken an orange take over. Rodina Peachey, president of Bodysoc, says they chose orange because it is a “vibrant and energetic colour – perfect for a dynamic and fun dance society, brilliantly youthful, and neutral enough to keep our image open to guys as well as girls”. The re-branding so far has been a complete success; at Freshers’ Fair their stall was one of the most popular stalls, gaining a record number of new starters. Classes so far this term have been the best on record, with a wide variety of students and non-students attending. A great achievement for the new committee!
The society has its own studio on the second floor of the Guild, a large studio with bars for Ballet, mirrors for Street and Irish dancing and a newly installed sound system that spreads the music throughout the studio. If you aren’t aware of where the studio if or you get lost on your way, follow the large orange arrows and it’s easy enough to find.
There are a wide range of different styles offered, eleven to be exact. They run in every week of term, totaling over seventeen hours each week. The classes are open to anyone, even if you have not yet signed up for the society and all abilities are welcomed.
Liverpool Bodysoc Dance Society works on a drop-in basis so there is no need to sign up or book in for certain classes. There is always space for one more, so if you cannot attend or you feel like trying a different style out to the prior week, just turn up ready for a great work out and fun.
Every year, the Liverpool Bodysoc Dance Society runs its own show in the Stanley Theatre, and all proceeds raised go to various charities. The shows include dances from all abilities and styles: Irish to Burlesque, Street to Ballet, and many more. Last year the show proved a great success, raising over £900 which was split equally between the charities of Mowll, Flor De La Amazonia, and Dance Aid.
This year the society hopes to raise even more, but have yet to decide which charities the proceeds will go to. They hope not only to do their own shows but lots of smaller events around the University, such as open days, gigs, guild events. If you’re a putting on an event and need some dancers, get in touch.
Liverpool Bodysoc Dance Society lives up to the fun and enthusiasm of its new committee. The essential function of a society at university and a dance-specific one is to bring people who love dancing together so that they can socialise and learn dance at the same time. The society is proving to do just that. Due to its ever growing success, Bodysoc hopes to gain more opportunities for workshops and master classes to be delivered, trips to see local shows, create collaborative projects with other performing societies and hold regular social events bringing the members together.
Classes are £2.50 for members// £4 non-members. If you are a member, every 10th class is free. To sign up for BodySoc, it is £5 and you can pay at the Base inside the guild or online.