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BULABDS - Bristol University Latin American and Ballroom Dancing Society

  • Bulabds


  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our offering for 2020/21 is changing regularly. Please make sure to sign up to our mailing list and join our Facebook group to keep up to date, details of both can be found at the bottom of this page.


BULABDS notoriously 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.




Under normal conditions we run a social class for those wanting to dance socially in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere; as well as team classes for those deciding to be part of our competition team, or just have a greater focus on technique and presentation.


This year our classes from the outset will be online with a reduced number of level groups and classes. As restrictions hopefully improve we will be providing opportunities to take in-person classes when they are possible.


The classes are split into the following levels:

  • Beginners (No prior ballroom and latin experience)
  • Novice
  • Intermediate and Advanced



19:30 – 20:15 Int/Adv Latin
20:30 – 21:15 Latin Workshop/Fitness

20:30 – 21:15 Novice Latin

20:30 – 21:15 Ballroom Workshop/Fitness
21:15 – 22:00 Int/Adv Ballroom

20:45 – 21:30 Novice Ballroom


* Please note this timetable is subject to change for TB2 - for updates please join the mailing list or Facebook group




We pride ourselves on being the only society to have proper balls! Each year we have both a winter and spring ball. This year unfortunately due to the pandemic we are not expecting to be able to put on a ball in conventional format.




Classes are 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.*

For 2020/21 we have the following membership options

  • Free membership - be a part of the society for no cost, giving you access to socials, voting rights at EGM and AGM, and more!
  • Monthly class membership - on top of free membership we offer a monthly class membership giving you access to all classes in that month. The price of this membership varies depending on the number of classes in that month to give you the best value possible.

This differs from our usual yearly/termly membership scheme due to the consistently changing restrictions.


*Please note: Non-students will, unfortunately, have to pay an annual £25 affiliation fee to the Students Union.

**Additional practice space will not be included in this price, as well as costs for competitions, transport and optional private lessons.



To find out more:

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


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