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With over 200 active members and sell out shows every night, it should come as no surprise that Birmingham University Dance Society held a spectacular evening of music and dance at the Guild
With over 200 active members and sell out shows every night, it should come as no surprise that Birmingham University Dance Society held a spectacular evening of music and dance at the Guild. This was held each night in the Guild’s ‘Debating Hall’ and the show certainly gave you the inspiration to get up and give BUDS a go next year.
The appropriately titled show of ‘BudsFest 2018’ guided the audience from the Main Stage, Dance Tent, Alternative Stage and Acoustic Tent. Each tent held an eclectic mix of performances with the music linking to the themed tent. This ranged from musical theatre, commercial, jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet and modern, to name a few. The unexpected pairing of heavy rock with tap, or Latin remixes to hip hop, kept you on the edge of your seat throughout the performance and defied all expectations of what to traditionally expect from a specific genre of dance.
“It has an amazing feel-good factor and enthusiasm to brighten up your day
The show began with the advanced level of commercial dance. The excellently choreographed dance with quick, jolting rhythms set against impressive lifts with simultaneous acrobatic insertions of splits or flips made this spectacle of an opening for the show. Following this, the dances were evenly balanced against each other with differing abilities and styles throughout both halves of the performance. The novice and intermediate dances in all styles of dance and music were just as excellent in as many ways as the advanced and squad. The passion and ability of those whom were classed as novice made their performances in ballet, musical theatre and commercial great elements of BUDS dance show.
I especially found the ballet squad performance in the second half of the show an incredible piece to watch. It was set to a more classical piece of ‘Rhythms of Water’. This traditional ballet dance had all of the dancers, male and female, dressed in white tights, navy dresses and leotards with small Venetian capes attached. Throughout the seamless performance, there was a fluidity of movement between the dancers and what was given to the audience was an incredibly polished and emotional display of ‘water’ themed ballet. Within this performance especially I would like to give special commendation to Jack Norris, the male lead within this ballet performance. As the only male in this dance, who won the award for ‘Best Boy’ at their Manchester competitions, he gave a smooth, yet detailed delivery of advanced ballet. His effortless pirouettes and transitions around the stage made specifically this dance a memorable performance from BudFest.
“When it comes around again I shall be the first to buy a ticket
Although this show is only on once a year, when it comes around again I shall be the first to buy a ticket. This show not only displays the best talent that Birmingham University has to offer, it also has an amazing feel-good factor and enthusiasm to brighten up your day. For a reasonably priced £5 ticket BUDS will take you on a dancing extravaganza and will not leave you without rhythm or glitter at any point.