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BULABDS - Bristol University Latin American and Ballroom Dancing Society

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BULABDS is one of the largest societies at the University of Bristol, with dance classes taught by professional dance coaches that are designed to be easy-going, give you plenty of time and many opportunities to socialise, have fun, and at the same time learn to dance!


The dancing that we offer is separated into two categories: Latin and Ballroom.

Latin dance comprises of the rather chic, sexy and cheeky dances such as the

  • Cha cha cha
  • Jive
  • Samba
  • Rumba
  • Paso Doble

Ballroom dancing is made up of dances usually associated with traditional ballroom dancing:

  • Waltz
  • Quickstep
  • Tango
  • Viennese Waltz
  • Foxtrot

It is a welcome alternative to the showmanship of Latin, erring instead on the side of grace and elegance.


Whichever takes your fancy, you are more than welcome to come to as many of our classes as you please for no extra charge after the initial membership fee.



Social Class


These classes are open to all and aimed for those who want to learn to be able to dance socially. Classes are fun, friendly and relaxed.


See timetable below. Please note classes do not run during the third term of the year. Notification of lesson changes will be sent by email.


Social classes cost £4 for social class members and £6 for non-members (pay as you go).



Team Classes


Team Classes are for those who decide to commit to becoming part of the Bristol University Dancesport Team.

These classes are split into:

  • Beginners
  • Novice (for those who have danced for over a year)
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

The type of dances taught in these classes are limited depending on level, however, they focus much more on technique and presentation, with the aim of training you for competitive dancing at your level. Members of Team have to opportunity to enter many dance competitions throughout the year, including the highly anticipated Inter Varsity Dance Competition (IVDC) in Blackpool, the highlight of the competitive dance season.






(St Matthew's Church, Clare Rd, BS6 5TB)

  • Beginners Latin 8-9:30pm



(Churchill Hall)

  • Beginner ballroom 7-8:30 pm
  • Ballroom workshop (novice and above) 8:30-10 pm



(Cotham Parish Church Cotham Road, BS6 6DR)

  • Social Class 7-8:30 pm
  • Latin workshop (novice and above) 8:30-10 pm



(Carpenter room, Bristol SU, Richmond Building, 105 Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1LN)

  • Novice Latin AND Intermediate & Advanced Latin 7-8:30 pm
  • General  practice 8:30-11 pm



(Indoor Sports Center, Studio 1, SEH, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TP)

  • Novice ballroom 2-3:30 pm
  • Intermediate & Advanced ballroom 3:30-5pm





We are the only society to have proper balls! Each year we have both a winter and spring ball. For the last two years, we have been to the Bristol Zoo ballroom for our Winter Ball. Think quality dancing, three-course dinner, and demonstration couples.





Membership is open to Bristol University students, UWE students and non-students.
UWE and non-students are required to affiliate with the University of Bristol Students Union.*


​Membership fees are in 2019/2020 priced as follows:

​2 Week Pre-Membership – £10 ​(This amount will be deducted from the Term 1 membership, Social Class membership or full membership after joining.)



For Beginner Team Classes

Term 1: £64
Term 2: £44
or £100 discounted one-off payment for the whole academic year 

(equivalent: ~£5.00/week)**



Novice, Intermediate & Advanced Team Classes

Term 1: £88.50
Term 2: £68.50
or £145 discounted one-off payment for the whole academic year 

(equivalent: ~£7.25/week)​**



For the weekly Social Class

academic year: £15 (one-off payment) + £4 per lesson
or £6 pay as you go without Social Class membership

Team Class members may join the Social Class free of charge!



Term 1: 07th October 2019 – 20th December 2019
Term 2: 16th January 2020 – 13th March 2020


*Please note: Non-students will, unfortunately, have to pay a £25 affiliation fee to the Students Union. The membership covers all coached lessons and room space. Additional costs for competitions, transport and optional private lessons are not included in the membership.

**Based on the academic year and one-off payment



To find out more visit our website, email our secretary Maria,, join our Facebook group and follow us on Instagram @BULABDS. 


Terms and conditions

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Membership Fee Inclusions


Prior to signing up to a Club or Society speak to the Committee to find out what your membership includes and if there are any further expenses throughout the year.


Service Standards


All Club or Society members can expect to receive:


  • The opportunity to attend regular meetings, events, activities, trips and socials as arranged.
  • The opportunity to stand for a committee position or vote in their elections (Bristol students only).
  • For Sports Club – to attend regular training sessions and have the opportunity to be selected for the teams.


Code of Conduct


When joining a club or society you are agreeing to abide by the constitution, general rules, regulations and policies of University of Bristol Students’ Union and also the Club or Society Code of Conduct which sets out the level of behaviour & discipline expected of all Club & Society members.


Download the Code of Conduct


Refund Policy


Any customer who pays for a membership subscription to a Bristol SU Society, Sports Club, Student Media and initiatives has a 14 day cooling off period from the time and date of purchase during which they have the right to cancel the subscription and receive a full refund. If you do decide to cancel within the 14 days, Bristol SU will refund your payment within a further 30 days of the cancellation.  To request a refund please email:


Data sharing (Sports Club members only)


Please be aware that Bristol SU may share data relating to the members of its sports clubs with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health (a department of the University).  This information may be used for the purposes of communicating direct with these members and/or to cross-reference against SEH's Sports Pass membership records.


As part of Bristol SU's membership of British Universities & Colleges Sports (BUCS) Bristol SU may have to share data on to its sports clubs members so BUCS can, from time to time, communicate with these members. 


Data sharing (Societies members only)


If you're joining one of the societies listed below please be aware that your name and email address will be shared with Bristol Hub for the purpose of keeping you up to date with their activities through their email “The Week”:

AIESEC Bristol, AMICUS Bristol, Anti-Slavery Society, Bristol Feminists, Bristol Friends of MSF, Bristol Marrow, Bristol Social Enterprise Society, Bristol Student Action for Refugees, Bristol University Amnesty International, Conservation Group, Bristol University Oxfam Group, Bristol University Sustainability Team, Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad, Engineers Without Borders, Howard League for Penal Reform Student Society, International Affairs Society, Medsin Bristol, Model United Nations, and Vegetarian and Vegan Society.


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These terms shall be governed by English law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts. Nothing in these terms shall exclude liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.