2018-2019 has been a very successful year for CUPS, which was capped off at our third AGM and celebrated at the annual dinner. Despite only having been an official University of Cambridge society for three years, the club has continued to grow in popularity, with the majority of classes sold out and great engagement with our performances.
The AGM was held on Saturday 9th March in Queen’s College Bar. We looked back on the events of the previous year, which has been jam-packed. Our performers wowed spectators at a variety of events: several may balls, the Rainbow and Law Soc balls, and the Venetian Magic Carnival. The Christmas Showcase which was pioneered last year also became an annual event in 2018 in Michaelhouse church. There was a great spread of performances from very recent beginners to some pole veterans, all cheered on by an intimate audience. Our very first showcase at the ADC theatre was also a huge success, with a large and enthusiastic audience and a glowing review from the student press!
The society has also done well in competition, as we entered the South-East Inter-University Pole Dance Competition. Competitors in all categories smashed it and they came home with 3rd place in group and semi-pro categories and an amazing 1st place in advanced.
After taking stock of the previous year we looked to the future and elected a new committee to see us through the year 2019-2020. We introduce the new committee:
- President: Katy Bielena
- Vice-President: Hanna Martin
- Treasurer: Alexandra Souly
- Competition Sec: Natalie Singhal
- Showcase Organisers: Laure Talarmain & Liam Ives
- Social Secs: Nia Griffiths & Laure Talarmain
- Publicity Officers: Kate Barber & Cloé Legrand
- Sponsorship & Health and Safety Officer: Natalie Singhal
- Stash Secs: Helen Llambias Maw & Alkisti Kyriakopolou
- Welfare Officer: Ruby Coates
- Webmaster: Hanna Martin
- Taster Class Organiser: Camila Betterelli Giuliano
Later that evening several members of the society met to celebrate the year at the CUPS Annual Dinner. This year the dinner was at Revolutions bar and featured delicious food and cocktails, as well as being a lovely, friendly event. It was a great opportunity to hang out with pole friends and to get to know those we didn’t know quite as well.
The coming year is expected to be no less rewarding than the previous one, as we look forward to the Varsity competition between Cambridge and Oxford universities, this year hosted in Oxford. We are also set to perform at several may balls and are also excited to repeat our CUPS Christmas showcase. Alongside all these exciting developments you can also expect the continuation of classes, workshops, and socials on a regular basis!
Here’s to another great year!
Pole love <3