Why Join Us?

1) We bring the best out of each other

2) 'Once in a lifetime' experiences

3) You'll get the chance to serve your community

What do we do? 

Our Competitive team 

The BU Dance Society (BUDS) practice in six styles of dance: Ballet, Contemporary, Latin (Wildcard), Jazz, Street, and Tap.

Our weekly classesare taught by current students in preparation for national inter-university competitions throughout the year, and our end of year showcase. Over the last 3 years the team has excelled, growing stronger in numbers and ability. 

In 2017/18 we were brought home 5 trophies, including 1st place in Jazz The next year in 2018/19 we came home with a total of 8 trophies, including 1st place in Jazz, Street, and Tap. To add to the successes, our Jazz choreographer, Katie, was awarded 'best choreogrpahy' and one of our Street choreographers, Oceanne, was awarded 'best female dancer.' This last year we came on leaps and bounds hosting our first competition as well as bringing home 11 trophies and placing 1st in jazz, tap, strret and contemporary and 2nd in ballet within our competitive season. 

BU Dance Society are the hosts of a new inter-society fundraising event 'BU Come Dancing', a dance competition between the societies and sports teams at Bournemouth University. It is always a great success and grows each year. This year we sold out of tickets with our biggest turn out and most competitors yet! We raised over £1765 donated to Space Youth Project. We hope to raise even more next year.

In 2017-2018, we were awarded the '5 Star Society' award, and won 'Most Improved Society' at the annual BU Activity Awards where we also had the opportunity to perform!

In 2018-2019 we maintained our 5 Star Society Status and won the Clubs Commendation Award for Arts and Performance.Our tap team gave an incredible perfomance of their 2x 1st Place winning competition routine, 'The Greatest Show'. 

The society is a great place to practice your dancing to a competitive level, and to make great friends within the team. Membership is £165 which includes all comps, shows, travel, costumes, kit and classes for the year. This year we hope to continue our success with fresh new faces! We look forward to seeing you at auditions.

Our Social Team

We are offering this social membership to the people who don't make competitive squads or simply just don't want to compete, but still want to be a part of the BUDS family. We will be running weekly social classes of which the style will change per week and rotate. We will try and branch out with different styles but the classes will mainly be commerical. Our amazing social team choreographer Maisie has her own dance business called MRC DANCE. Click the link to view her website Welcome - MRC DANCE


The second term will consist of classes teaching routines to show at our annual end of year showcase so you will be able to perform to friends, family or even just admiring fans.

Membership is £35 per term which covers any open classes you want to attend in that term, your BUDS kit, showcases and more!

Want to know other reasons to join?

- We are a family - BUDS has a great team spirit both on and off the stage. We motivate each other to continuously improve, so when competition time comes, we can all be our very best.

- 'Once in a lifetime' experiences - Your university experience is more than just a degree! Joining a team like BUDS is a pathway to many opportunities from performing on large stages, to having the opportunity to choreograph and manage your own dance routines for the rest of the society to learn. You'll gain confidence, friendships, and sweaty leotards!

- You'll get the chance to serve your community - Each year BUDS are dedicating more time to reaching out to our community; supporting local charities and performing at local campaign events. BUDS take pride in giving back to the community and reaching outside the walls of Bournemouth University.

Check-out our Facebook and Instagram for more informatio


What's new?

This year we have introduced an extra wild card team! We also now run two social classes per week, doubled from last year and giving more oppertunities for everyone to boogie.


Key Events

BUDS Comp: 


The Lighthouse Theatre


Meet the Committee

President:   Kitty Leigh & Phoebe Rowe

Treasurer:  Erin Hoadley

Equipment & Events:  Katie Heape

Fundraising Coordinator:   Brooke Amos

Social Secs: Bethan Lewis & Tilly Collins

Sober Social Sec: Emily Simms

Social Team Captain: Emily Simms

Social Media Officer: Amelia Cousins

Tour Social Secs: Holly Daniels & Kitty Leigh


Ballet Choreographers: Katie Heape & Anna Jealouse

Burlesque Choreographer: Laura Hardy

Contemporary Choreographers: Pippa Carter and Tegan Whitfield  

Latin Choreographer: Amber Nichol 

Advanced Jazz Choreographer: Lizzie Harraghy

Novice Jazz Choreographer: Sarah Drage

Street Choreographer: Amaiur Lopez Martinez

Tap Choreographer: Emma Plane

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Zoe Wickham