Good afternoon dancers!
Wow, what a month! IVDC is finally over. We sincerely hope you had an absolutely fabulous weekend in … beautiful? … Blackpool.
We had some great results in the team, so special congratulations to:
5th Serena and Marianne
Ex – student advanced ballroom 5 dance:
6th Alex and Kirsty
Ex – student novice latin:
5th James and Marina
Ex – student advanced Latin 5 dance:
6th Alex and Kirsty
5th (Division 2) Team E
12th (Division 1) Team A
With teams A B C and D all making division 1!
You all danced wonderfully, so well done one and all. However let’s not forget that there’s still one competition to go! Entries are now open for the Bristol Friendly, so get those entries in, and help Team Southampton go out with a bang for the 2016 competition season.
With comps nearly out of the way, we turn our attention to Pure Dance. A number of the SUBLDS massive have been working tirelessly on some incredible routines for this year’s dance show, so make sure to get yourselves down to the Turner Sims concert hall this weekend. Tickets are still available for both matinee and evening performances!
At classes on 7th and 9th March, all proceeds from classes will be going to charity in aid of World Kidney Day. Unfortunately Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) remains largely unknown and this serious health condition is often not prominent enough on health policy agendas. This year, World Kidney Day needs your support to spread the message, encourage prevention, and bring this issue to the attention of policy makers and the general public.
As you can see, it’s a hugely important, but largely under-recognised cause, so we look forward to your attendance! For anyone feeling extra generous, we will also have a bucket for anyone that wishes to make further donations.
PRESIDENT (currently Fergus O’Neill): The President is the face of the SUBLDS committee, they are in overall charge of the society and considered the main representative for the society within the Students Union. They chair the committee meetings, make announcements in lessons, and lead the organisation of the Southampton Friendly, the Dinner Dance and will also have a strong involvement in Pure Dance. The President also works closely with the Performing Arts Dance Representative and other representatives of the Student Union to make sure our society is well represented and continues to thrive.
Fergus says: ‘If you are enthusiastic about SUBLDS and furthering the society then president may be the role for you. You should be organised and good at making decisions as well as confident in being the face of the society and speaking in public. It is also really important to have good time management skills as there are elements of running the society that can take up a bit of your time.’
VICE PRESIDENT (currently Philip Leadbitter):
The Vice President is there to support the president and fill in when they are not around. This can involve making presidents meetings, chairing the committee meetings and doing announcements in class. As well as this it is the job of the vice president to send out the weekly email, sorting out the B&Bs and evening meal in Blackpool for IVDC as well as sorting out room bookings within SUSU and Glen Eyre so that we have practice space as well as lesson space.
Phil says: ‘You need to be organised, forward thinking and be able to keep a cool head when doing this job.’
TREASURER (currently George Simmons):
Responsible for financial transactions within the society, your Treasurer takes the money at every single lesson. They are also in charge of calculating prices for most events, taking competition payments, making funding applications and general budgeting for the society.
George says: ‘This role is for someone who is good with numbers, organised and loves excel.’
SECRETARY (currently Greg Csegzi):
The Secretary takes minutes at every committee meeting, distributing them to committee members afterwards. Any administrative tasks are undertaken by the secretary such as maintaining and updating the mailing lists, maintaining the membership lists and creating membership cards. This person should be organised, comfortable using MS Word and good typing/note taking skills along with a good ear are essential.
Greg says: ‘If you are quick at writing or typing, have an eye (and ear) for detail and you’d like to help out beginners at lessons then this is the role for you’
TEAM CAPTAINS (1x Male 1x Female) (currently Emma Collins and Bart Jennings):
Being a TC is great fun and so rewarding although it does involve hard work and commitment to the role! Team captains take on all the jobs that need to be completed for competitions! This starts right from the get go. You will be responsible for partnering up of beginners, novices and intermediates at the beginning of the year. Throughout the year you will announce competitions, collect entries, organise the team match and sort out the dresses at competitions. This therefore requires a lot of organisation and dedication from the TCs. Not only that but while at the competition you lead the team morale keeping everyone in good spirits!
Emma and Bart say: ‘This role is extremely rewarding as you get to help out at the classes and technique and know that you’ve played a part in the improvement that is shown. It doesn’t matter how much dance experience you have, it is more important to bring enthusiasm and commitment to the role. This is the perfect role for organised individuals that love dancing for Team Southampton, and feel they can manage this time consuming role alongside their degree.’
SOCIAL SECRETARY (currently Sofia Green):
The SUBLDS social sec ensures that the society has an equally good time on nights out as they do in classes! They organise the many traditional SUBLDS socials throughout the year as well as encouraging the attendance of SUSUPADance socials and post-lesson Stags sessions, so the members of the society can get to know each other.
This person should be sociable and enthusiastic about organising a range of different social events.
Sid says: ‘If you organise the events in advance and don’t leave things to the last minute. Try new events/socials which we haven’t done before and make sure that you engage the incoming freshers.’
Publicity Officer (currently Ashleigh Moore):
This role does what it says on the tin. Whoever fills it will be responsible for the society’s advertising. This can cover the bunfight, some ‘special event’ classes, and large scale events. This includes monitoring the group’s social media, the website, and new this year, being the voice of Fred and Ginger on the SUBLDS blog. The Publicity Officer will also lead on the organisation of Strictly Southampton, which is a sizeable undertaking.
Ashleigh says: ‘If you’re fairly computer savvy, well organised, and have a bit of creative flair, the role of Publicity Officer is both rewarding and a lot of fun!’
STANDING MEMBER (currently Lara Davies):
The Standing Member has one official job which is to organise the society clothing orders. On top of that the role involves helping other committee members with anything that they need doing. This year, for example, the role involved assisting with the organisation of all the coach bookings for competitions and also helped the publicity rep with Strictly preparations.
Lara says: ‘People applying for this role should be happy to do a variety of different tasks depending on what the committee needs. This role gives you the opportunity to get involved in lots of different areas of the running of the society.’
ALUMNI REP (currently Nicola Knight):
This role is for an experienced member of the society, who is either a post-grad or an ex-student that has graduated from the University of Southampton. They must have had at least one year’s experience in the committee in previous years enabling them to advise the committee based on previous experience and carry any tasks asked of them by the President.
Nikki says: ‘You need to be able to help advise the committee based on experience within the university/society, so a good understanding of the society and committee is key, along with being enthusiastic about the society.’
The deadline for submitting a nomination and manifesto is Midnight Wednesday 9th March. These will then be circulated to the society for them to read before the AGM. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manifestos do not need to be long, just long enough to express why you feel you are the right person for the role/s you are running for. Your manifestos and short speech (up to a minute) at the AGM are all the methods of campaigning permitted, so please bear this in mind.
If you are nominating yourself for 2 positions then you can submit a manifesto for each position with an indication of which is your first and second choice.
Once the committee have been elected, they will attend the committee meetings prior to their official handover at the Dinner Dance. Handovers will be carried out for all roles with the outgoing member of the committee.
Good luck to everyone who is writing manifestos. Being on the SUBLDS committee is extremely rewarding if you can dedicate the necessary time to it. If anyone has any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask the particular committee member it concerns!
That’s all for now dancers. As always, keeeeeeeep dancing!