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What we’re all about

Ballet is the basis of all dances today and we have a class and level of difficulty to suit all abilities, so if you are keen and interested then you will love our society. Ballet is one of the most beautiful and elegant forms of dance, and is renowned for its ability to improve strength, fitness, flexibility, posture and tone. For men, strength and power are pushed even further through lifts and jumps in class.

Membership fees and all of our classes will be available to buy from late September onwards by clicking on either the 'buy membership' or 'visit our shop' tabs on the top/right of this page. You will need to buy membership before you can attend our classes and socials.

Membership for the Ballet Society 2018/19 will cost £10, which includes a discount card for Revolution. There is also the option to purchase membership plus a t-shirt, which includes a ballet society t-shirt with our logo and the Leeds University crest on it.

Class prices vary depending on the length of the class, and a full list of prices can be found on our shop tab. A class fee covers one entire semester, with the exception of ballet fit which can be bought as one-off classes. Please note that you do NOT need to purchase the class fee for either of the competition classes, this will be processed later in the year.

Classes start 1st October (with the exception of the Intermediate Competition class which starts Thursday 18th October).

Unfortunately you will need to purchase the full term's class to reserve a space, however all students are entitled to a FULL REFUND within the first 2 weeks of Semester 1 if you decide to leave the class. We are unable to process refunds for memberships.

Our classes are very popular, so in the event of them being full you can join the waiting list by emailing us at

The Leeds University Union Ballet Society has been established for over forty years. We have around 220 students who attend classes to keep fit, improve their technique, perform, and make new friends. We are open to anyone with a keen interest in ballet, and we cater for all levels of experience; from complete beginners to advanced dancers. All classes are held on campus within purpose-built studios with sprung floors, mirrors and barres in either the stage@leeds or the union dance studios (please check the timetable to confirm where each class is located). All of our classes are taught by professional teachers who provide support, coaching and advice as well as challenging yet fun material. 

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*Semester 1 classes begin on Monday 30th September and run weekly until the end of term. There will be a 4 week break for Christmas (Friday 13th December - Monday 13th January). Jade, Mango, Scarlet and Skye studios are in Leeds University Union, positioned in front of the Coop supermarket. The stage@leeds is in a separate building, located behind the Union. Classes can be bought via the 'visit our shop' tab on the right. 

Class descriptions:

  • Beginners Technique: for complete beginners or grades 1-2
  • Improvers Technique: grades 3-4
  • Intermediate Lower Technique: grades 5-6 with less confidence
  • Intermediate Higher Technique: grades 5-6 with more confidence
  • Advanced Technique (1 or 2, both are the same): grades 7-8 or above
  • Beginners/Improvers Pointe: NOT for complete beginners, students require previous pointe work or the go ahead from one of our teachers to be allowed to join
  • Intermediate Pointe: for those with quite a bit of experience who are comfortable dancing in the center on point
  • Ballet Fit: the only class for members and non-members alike, open to all abilities
  • Show Class: please see below
  • Advanced Competition: please see below
  • Intermediate Competition: please see below      

Freshers Fair

You can find your lovely ballet society committee at the Freshers Fair on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September 2019 in The Edge sports hall. The fair will run from 10am-4pm so make sure you come and find us and say hi! We're super happy to answer any questions you may have!

Give it a Go (GIAG)  

Not sure about joining? Our semester 1 GIAG will be announced on our Facebook page soon! We'll also be giving information about this at the Freshers Fair! The Mass Dance Society GIAG is on Sunday 29th September - you can check out all the other dance societies as well as Ballet. Ballet's time slots will be:

Ballet Beginner GIAG 12-1 Jade Studio
Ballet Intermediate GIAG 1-2 Jade Studio

Performances and Competitions

Our award winning advanced competition team was formed two years ago. Last year, we also introduced our brand new INTERMEDIATE COMPETITION TEAM! In 2019 competition season, both of our teams won awards!

Advanced Comp Team 2019: 2nd Place Lancaster, 2nd Place Leeds, 2nd Place Sheffield 
Intermediate Comp Team 2019: 2nd Place Lancaster, 3rd Place Sheffield

Our competition teams really are the biggest asset the society has, giving students the opportunity to travel to different cities across the north of England to perform award winning choreography and make lifelong friendships in a welcoming environment. Each year a new team is formed and auditions will be held in the first few weeks of term. 

Every year ballet enters in the successful annual dance show held at the university in March, this year we are looking to build upon this success and show everybody the talent within the LUU Ballet Society. For 2019/20 there will be a show class who will learn an exciting new routine and perform this in the LUU dance show. The intermediate pointe class will also turn into a show class, enabling our dancers to show off their pointe skills on stage in the show. If you wished to do pointe technique but not the show, we'd recommend you join beginners pointe!

Ballet's First EVER Showcase

This year, we've got more exciting news for you! We'll be hosting ballet's first ever showcase. We want to get as many people from the society involved in performing as possible, not just those at a more advanced level. We're looking at you beginners and improvers - we want to see how you've done over the year of classes! More information will be posted about the Showcase including the date and what will be involved, so keep an eye on our Facebook and join our mailing list. We'll also visit classes and let you guys know what's happening!


Last year we had lots of successful and super fun socials. These include trips to Northern Ballet to watch The Nutcracker and an exclusive company class, Revs socials, Christmas Meal, welcome back drinks and the LUU Dance Ball, to name a few.

We also hosted ballet's first ever charity events in partnership with Beat UK and Leeds Uni Beat, an amazing charity that helps people with eating disorders. 2 successful pub quizzes, a 10K and some charity yoga and ballet fit classes later and we'd raised over £500 for charity! We're looking to build on this foundation this year and do more for charity!

We have many more exciting socials planned the coming year - all to be revealed soon! We'll also be giving information at the Freshers Fair!

Times, locations and other details will be posted on our Facebook page, and then the 'Leeds Ballet Society Members 2019-20' facebook group which will be made for Freshers! 


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For further information or queries, please contact the committee by email or on facebook. 





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