Lessons every Tuesday night

What is dancesport?

Dancesport is the international name for Ballroom and Latin American competitive dance. York Dancesport provides:

  • Lessons every week with professional tutor
  • No experience necessary: Beginners & advanced lessons
  • Open to all, only £3 per lesson.

Visit the lessons page for more info or email dancesport@yusu.org

York does Blackpool

n the 28th of February 2015 York Dancesport were primed and ready in the home of ballroom dancing, Blackpool, for the biggest competition of the year! It has been a busy competition season already for us, but being in the Empress ballroom in Blackpool at the Intervarsity Dancesport Competition was a step up once again.

The day started with the ballroom rounds. Because of the huge number of competitors the beginners began by dancing their waltz and quickstep in the magnificent Empress ballroom, before moving to the smaller Spanish hall that resembled a pirate ship. Our novice team and ex-student dancers were also dancing waltz and quickstep; congratulations to all those who got through ballroom rounds at this tough event.

York at Northerns

It is February at York Dancesport, and that means it is competition time! Sandwiched between the Sheffield social we attended on the 7th and the Intervarsity Dancesport Competition at Blackpool on the 28th came the Northern University Dancesport Competition. Hosted by Warwick University, and held in Stoke, the venue was easily one of the best to have hosted recent competitions, with plenty of space for the several hundred dancers attending. York took a small team (including the Dancesport Duck), but every one of them impressed the Team Captain with both their dancing ability and their team spirit in a long day.

In the morning, we began with the ballroom; it was a supposedly sedate start to the day, however anyone who has danced a quickstep will be quick to dispute that point! Waltz was the clear favourite for our beginner couples, Timothy Pilbeam with Nina Hakovirta and Lydia Teale with Vikki Gale, as both couples reached the quarter-finals in a particularly pleasing performance. For our non-beginners, Richard Bennett and Katie Peeling matched the beginners with another quarter- final in the combined waltz and quickstep.

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About us

York Dancesport is the Modern Ballroom and Latin American Dance Society for the University of York.

Lessons are taught by a professional dance teacher every week. They are open to all and are only £3.


Membership is open to all and costs just £5 a year, which includes one free lesson.

You don't need any special outfit or shoes to take part for fun. We can even find you a partner.

Contact us


York Dancesport Society
James College
University of York
YO10 5DD