Winter Showcase 2019

It’s that time of year again! (and no we didn’t mean Christmas)!

In just under a month we will be hosting our annual Pole Dancing Winter Showcase! We are now onto our 3rd Winter Showcase and so happy that the society continues to grow and we can keep this up!

Contrary to popular belief, pole dancing is a  workout and training exercise for toning your body and strengthening core muscles. Most of the moves are mixtures of ballet and gymnastics techniques, with modern and contemporary dance being incorporated into routines.

Our performance hopes to showcase the skills required to be a pole dancer and show the progress of our dancers from beginners to the more advanced.

So come support our dancers in an exciting celebration of the art of pole sports!

Date: 2 December 2019
Time: 8pm
Locations: Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge, CB2 1SU
Tickets: £5 online, £7 at the door. Only a very limited ticket number due to venue size, so get your tickets now! Tickets can be purchased from Agora via the link: https://joinagora.com/events/27072/?view=public&fbclid=IwAR3NSF7pM6aHHduPJkBDHstrToqSrPGI1SBYXTgaPHgyyNYSsylXsXvq7Ts#event-details

Get excited and join our facebook event! https://www.facebook.com/events/2562567587155693/

Looking forwards to seeing you all there

Pole Love <3

Oxbridge Varsity 2019

The winning team!

Sunday 5th May, Oxford University Pole Sport hosted the inaugural Oxbridge Pole Varsity Competition 2019, with Oxford Pole Sport, CUPS and Anglia Ruskin Pole Sport as competitors. It was an amazing event, with a friendly atmosphere and many great performances.

CUPS had 11 performers there on the day, at least one person for every category. The performers were:

Beginners:

  • Nia Griffiths
  • Rose Ng
  • Kate Barber

Intermediate:

  • Laure Talarmain
  • Camila Giuliano

Advanced:

  • Natalie Singhal
  • Cloé Legrand

Semi-Pro:

  • Katy Bielena

Group:

  • Helen Llambias-Maw, Annabel Arnold, Alexandra Souly, Kate Barber

Each performer had their own style and delivered on the day, and we are very proud of all of them. Whether it was Rose’s slow and expressive routine to The Night We Met (Lord Huron), Camila’s hip-shaking routine to Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, Cloé’s dramatic and strength-filled routine to Run Boy Run (Woodkid), or the light-hearted and fun Jungle Book group routine, there was a lot of talent on display.

Especial praise goes to those who placed: Rose came third in beginners and Nia second, Natalie came third in advanced and Cloé first, and Katy came second in semi-pro. We are especially happy to announce that CUPS came overall first in what was a very close match! Overall the event displayed all those things which make pole such a great sport and a welcoming community, and we look forward to hosting next year!

We are very grateful to Oxford for hosting this great event, it was a credit to them and University pole competitions in general. See you next year!

Stress Relief with Pole Dancing

Exam term getting to you?

Need to blow off some steam whilst having fun and getting a workout?

Cambridge University Pole Society (CUPS) has classes running throughout Easter Term, to help you destress, get some cardio in and build your self-esteem.

If you have never tried pole before, why not start now? We have Taster Sessions running every Saturday from 1-2pm at Queens College. No dance experience needed and you don’t have to be “strong” to try out pole. The best way to build up strength is to come to the classes and try out some cool pole moves!

For those more seasoned pole dancers, we have regular classes running all term and if you haven’t yet bought your yearly membership for discounted classes, we have reduced membership to £10 for the remainder of the academic year!!

So book a class! Your mind and body will be grateful!

Pole Love xxx

Photo Credit: Ben Phillips @ben.on.film

AGM and Annual Dinner 2019

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

South-East Inter Uni Pole Competition 2019

On Saturday 23 February 2019, 5 competitors set off for the South-East Regionals of the Inter University Pole Dancing Competition (IUPDC), hosted by Sussex University. 2019 sees the first year of Cambridge University competing in the South-East Regionals (in previous years we had competed in the Midlands Regionals).

Upon arrival, we were immediately intimidated by the other competitors’ professional demeanour. Their team stash, performance costumes, and incredibly strong, bendy warm-ups left us feeling like lost little lambs. Dead lift hand-stands and putting your feet on your head were made to look effortless! But we all worked incredibly hard to get here and tried to stay calm, and soon enough the competition was underway.

The South-East Regionals had us competing against the University of Hertfordshire, Kings College London, University of East Anglia, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Royal Holloway University, University College London,
University of Sussex and University of Kent. Throughout the day we were also extremely lucky to see performances by two of the guest judges: Chloe Anderson and Andi Cherry Ariseanu, as well as a guest performance from Luke Wassell!

Luck of the draw had Cambridge competing first in each category, which meant that our beginner, Helen Llambias Maw was the very first competitor of the day. This was Helen’s first competition and she performed to Touch the Sky from Brave, by Julie Fowlis.

Next up in the intermediate category we had Natalie Singhal. She performed a routine to Castle by Halsey. She is not a stranger to stage and competition life and put on a very entertaining show, packed with back-to-back pole moves and incredibly well thought out dance choreography.

After lunch, Cloé Legrand started off the Advanced category. This was her second time competing in IUPDC, where she placed second in the Advanced category in the 2017 Midlands Regionals. An unfortunate music mess-up half way through her performance, had her rerunning her routine later in the category… but it all worked out in the end and she brought home the gold!!!

Four of our ladies got together to compete in the group category: Ruby Coates, Katerina Bielena, Natalie Singhal and Cloé Legrand. They performed a sassy routine to Supermassive Black Hole by Muse. The crowd loved the performance and we were delighted, having never managed to run the routine properly before the competition. To top it off, Cambridge took 3rd place in the group category!!!

The last category of the day was Semi-Professional. This is a new category included this year for the first time. The category was introduced to cater for students who have their teaching qualifications in pole and are paid performers. Cambridge however doesn’t have any “Semi-Pro” students and Katerina Bielena, after just a year and a half of pole, took on the challenge of competing in this ridiculously difficult category. She absolutely smashed it with an emotional routine to Secret Love Song and managed to place 3rd!!!

Overall our team did superb and we are so proud of each and every competitor. This was an incredibly strong regionals to compete in and we rose to the challenge, placing 4th overall! Sadly we won’t be going to Nationals, but we will definitely be there to support the other teams and Liat Adler (founder of CU Pole Society) who will be competing in the semi-Pro category for Edinburgh. Nationals will be hosted by Imperial on the 23rd of March, so listen out for more details if you wish to join us spectating for the day.

Lastly, a huge thank you to Sophie King and Sussex University for putting together this event!!

Pole Love

All photo creds to Laurence Greenway  

ADC Lent Pole Showcase

On 26 February 2019 , CUPS hosted their 3rd pole dancing showcase in Cambridge and the first ever showcase at the ADC Theatre.

If you weren’t there, you definitely missed out! The showcase aimed at removing the stigma that surrounds pole dancing, and showing its true colours as an expressive, beautiful sport and dance style. We had a range of performances aimed at highlighting the different types of pole dancing, including: lyrical pole, pole sport, exotic pole and pole theatre. Routines ranged from beginners to advanced and included solos and duets. We even took you back to the very origins of pole dancing, with a Jurassic Park inspired routine.

Pole dancing is a highly eclectic and impressive sport and dance style and the show gave each of our performers the freedom to express themselves in the manner in which they saw fit. Routines were choreographed by the students themselves and it’s hard to believe how the cast members are not professional dancers! Just your ordinary, everyday students performing extraordinary gravity-defying feats on stage. Simply mind-blowing and inspiring.

A big thank you to Laure Talarmain, Helen Llambias Maw and Ruby Coates for organising the event. Additional thank you’s to Jaime Hidalgo our Stage Manager and James Drummond our Stage Technician, as well as all the tech helpers and pole cleaners. Our showcases are always a team effort and would not be possible without all of you!

<3 CUPS

ADC Pole Showcase 2019

Get excited! It’s almost show time again 😀

We will be performing in the Late Show at the ADC Theatre on Tuesday 26 February 2019!

This one night only event will showcase a range of pole dance performances from members of the Cambridge University Pole Society (CUPS). As a society, we are dedicated to removing the stigma that surrounds pole dancing, and showing its true colours as an expressive, beautiful sport and dance style. As well as solo performances, the showcase will include group dances. This showcase will be a highly eclectic and impressive demonstration of the talents of the CUPS performers.

Be sure to get your tickets and not miss out!

Tickets are available on the ADC website:
https://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/dance/cambridge-university-pole-society-lent-show/

Poster photograph: Tom Attridge Photography

Christmas Showcase

Tuesday 27 November 2018 saw us hosting our second annual pole dancing showcase and it was just magical.  We performed in the beautiful Michaelhouse centre, surrounded by stained glass windows, paintings and fairy lights.

13 of our students put the show together, choreographing their own routines and designed their own costumes. All together we had 3 group performances and 8 solos with a variety of skill levels showcased.

If you missed the show, you definitely missed out! But don’t worry, we have another show coming up at the end of February, so keep your ears peeled! For now, some pictures to heighten that FOMO.

Have a great Festive Season

<3 the CUPS team

 

Photos: Jelach Photography

 

Christmas Showcase

In just two weeks we will be hosting our annual Christmas Showcase! well this is only our second showcase, but as our society continues to grow, we are certain it will be at least a yearly occurrence.

Contrary to popular belief, pole dancing is a  workout and training exercise for toning your body and strengthening core muscles. Most of the moves are mixtures of ballet and gymnastics techniques, with modern and contemporary dance being incorporated into routines.

Our performance hopes to showcase the skills required to be a pole dancer and show the progress of our dancers from beginners to the more advanced.

So come support our dancers in an exciting celebration of the art of pole fitness!

Date: 27 November 2018
Time: 7pm
Locations: Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge, CB2 1SU
Tickets: £4 CU student, £6 other. Tickets can be purchased from Agora via the link:
https://joinagora.com/events/26711/#/event-details?_k=l9h0bu

Get excited and join our facebook event!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2071768196207136/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1542105456252170c