Strictly ‘makes dancing cool again’

The Annual Sheffield Social Latin and Ballroom Competition at The Octagon Centre.
The Annual Sheffield Social Latin and Ballroom Competition at The Octagon Centre.

ON this occasion, it was Strictly Students.

More than 300 current and ex-students from across the country took to the dance floor for their two minutes in the spotlight in the inter-varsity dance competition, the Sheffield Social, last Saturday.

Organiser Emma Wong, aged 22, who is president of the university’s Dancesport Society, said the event, which has taken place on the first Saturday in February since the 1980s, was more popular than ever with more than 24 competition categories.

“I think a lot of it is down to Strictly Come Dancing on the telly, it’s made it cool again,” she said.

“Everyone’s realised it’s not just old people doing tea dances.”

The competition was split into Latin and ballroom, with five categories in each: novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced and former students.

Veteran Ramen Sen said: “When you get it right, it’s like two people moving as one, it’s amazing. Strictly has got a lot more people into social dancing. It’s really great.”