University of Alberta Dance Club
Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Jive, Cha Cha—in 1957, a group of about twenty students decided they wanted to learn how to dance. No one expected their idea would grow into what is now the largest club on the University campus and still be drawing students into ballroom dance a full five decades later! Fifty years of personalities, ideas, music styles, campus and city changes, and, particularly, student energy have shaped the club and its activities.
Original: UADC Website
In 1957, a group of about twenty students decided they wanted to learn how to dance. Deloyce (Tolonen) Burns was appointed president of the group, and small classes began in Latin American and modern North American dance. Several changes were made to the club in the 1964–1965 school year. The name Modern Dance Club suggested interpretive dancing, in which the Club was not involved. As a result, the club was renamed the University of Alberta Dance Club. The Club celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2006–2007.
The Club is the largest dance group on campus, with over 1700 active members a year. It offers an extensive range of classes and activities that are open to anyone, regardless of dancing ability.
The Club offers beginner to advanced level classes that cover the ten dances found in the International Ballroom Syllabus, including Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, and Paso Doble.
The Club also features workshops with some of the best dancers in Canada, as well as a three-day Dance Camp around the Christmas holidays. In addition to dance socials, the Club also holds Halloween and Valentine's Day dances, and, at the end of each term, a formal ball at the Shaw Conference Centre.