Chairperson Ehber Burger Hi, I’m Ehbs. I am that really tall guy with glasses whom you will find to be very weird. I shall be serving as your Chairperson for 2018. Two years ago, I joined UCT Ballroom as a very awkward first year in a spur of the moment decision. That spur of the moment has defined my experiences of UCT. The society has acted as my source of entertainment, exercise and friends. It has even pulled me out of a certain ‘Ocean-of-Singleness’. Whilst not everyone will have my experience of the society, I promise you that embracing our society to the fullest will reap you rewards ten times over. I especially encourage you to jump upon every opportunity it gives you. The society is a lot of fun and our committee is amped to work for you. Ehbs out.
Vice-chair Jessica Fish Hello Fabulous Humans. I am Jess and I will be your Vice-Chairperson for 2018. Many will tell you that I am crazy (as this is my third consecutive year on Ballroom Committee) and they are right! I first joined UCT Ballroom in first year when I was almost taken out by a dancer at Plaza week who wasn’t watching where she was going. In that moment, aside from having my life flash before my eyes, I also knew that dancing was something that I had to learn! This will be my fourth year of ballroom and I am confident that my baby-giraffe-just-learning-to-walk appearance on the dance floor has improved significantly since then! I love dancing because of the way that it makes people feel as they move across the floor connected as one body. I also love adventures and spontaneous road trips (and I’m not cliché at all…) I play piano, enjoy photography, love being out in nature (be it on the beach or the top of a mountain) and I am currently doing my Honours here at UCT. Look for the tall, loud female with the flaming red hair and do ask me for a dance, a chat or any assistance you may need. I hope that your year is marvelous and your dancing magnificent.
Treasurer Max Withers Hey there. My name is Max Withers and I have just finished my second year at UCT. I'm currently studying Mechatronics. I started dancing because I wanted to meet girls and had nothing to do on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I'm currently in my first relapse of my ballroom addiction. I tried going clean after my first year as the socials coordinator but since then I've been sucked into a whirlpool of incredible people, awesome events, and spectacular dancing. My other major hobbies include, but are not limited to; gaming (of any kind), cycling and reading. I'm not much of a talker but I'm always keen to be a good listener.
Senior Representative Zalin Strydom Hello fellow humans. My name is Zalin Strydom and I will be your Senior Representative for 2018. I am currently in my 3rd year of Actuarial Sciences, after which I plan to do my Honours in Mathematical String Theory and then Masters in Mathematical Finance. This is my second year on the committee and 3rd year dancing at and for UCT. Being the senior representative entails me being the intermediate liaison for senior classes and ensuring that the senior (Bronze, Silver, Gold and Novice) classes run smoothly. As you can see from the above, I am a complete nerd, but alongside my studies and dancing I enjoy anything music related, watching movies, gaming, playing squash, swimming and going to the gym. But to all beginners I hope this year in our society brings you all the happiness that you all deserve and that you not only learn a valuable life skill but that you make many friends whilst doing so. I hope that you enjoy this society of ours and that you will remain here for years to come.
Systems manager Cuen van der Horst Hey everyone, I’m Cuen. I run all things electronic to do with the society. Yes, I’m the one who runs and maintains our social media, website, emails, and music. If you have any questions or ideas for these please feel free to chat to me or drop me an email. I’m also known for throwing young ladies through the air. I'm studying teaching so I love helping people learn new things and am highly patient so if you have questions, please ask. I'm an avid dancer and an adrenaline junkie so if you see some dangerous moves, don't stress, it's quite normal. Find out more about systems Here!
Showcase Emily Dingle Hi there! I'm Emily Dingle, and I'm on the Committee as Showcase Coordinator for 2018. I absolutely love dancing, having started with some ballet and am an avid lover of all things music. I have loved dancing even more so at UCT where I got to meet wonderful people and have loads of fun every week! I'm studying History and English with teaching in mind, but at the moment I'm just having a blast being a student and loving life. My spare time is occupied with a lot of dancing, although I love reading a good book and doing a challenging sudoku when I get the chance. I also enjoy chatting and eating lots of ice cream, sometimes at the same time. If you see me, please say hi! I've been told I look scary but I promise it's not true! This year, I'm looking forward to working with Chelsea Geach, who will be helping with the creative side of things, and then working with the whole society to put on a fabulous and fun Showcase!
Public relations Shaun Silson Hi I'm Shaun, the PR and Outreach rep for UCT Ballroom in 2018. If you are new member reading this and you are super excited for the amazing dancing adventure ahead, then most of my job is done! That's because I organized the O-Week event where you found our society and made one of the best decisions of your life by deciding to try it out. Every year I get a huge kick out of seeing a new batch of beginners discovering just how awesome dancing is and this year you're one of them, so I look forward to meeting you in class or at a social. Apart from sharing dancing with new members, I'll also be responsible for sharing it with the broader community. This means doing things like doing demos at old-age homes or visiting schools and having fun with the kids. It's extremely rewarding making somebodies day by doing what you love and I would highly encourage you to get involved in these activities when they come up. Before I go: my advice for anybody starting dancing is to put one step after the other, don't forget about your partner and always remember to smile. Before you know it you'll be waltzing up a storm!
Socials Tim Hodgeson Hi everyone, I’m Tim, the guy in charge of keeping you all entertained throughout 2018. I’m your Socials Rep and currently doing my 3rd year of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I’ve been dancing since 1st year, and when I started I had two left feet and very little sense of rhythm, so going into my 3rd year of dancing I can honestly say anyone can learn to dance. A bit about me on a personal level: I love Jesus, food and people (in that order), I am from Zimbabwe, I love to laugh and to make people laugh and last but certainly not least I love dancing! See you on the dance floor!
Medals and formal James Kriel Hello, my name is James Kriel, I am the Medals and Formal Representative for 2018. I’m currently studying a BSc specializing in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics. The reason I started ballroom is because a friend dragged me to it in during high school and instead of hating it like I thought I would, because you know … exercise, I loved it and here I am 4 years later! People have described me as loud, weird, sarcastic, a nerd, filterless and blue. All of which are true, especially the blue part as my hair is obviously completely natural. I am also a self-professed lover of Star Wars, The MCU and Deadpool so you know I will always give “Maximum Effort”. Since no one has ever complimented me on my cooking skills I will confidently say I don’t have any. I’ve been told I look like I play video-games and that is 100% true. I read a lot of books and if you know who Skulduggery Pleasant is and share his sarcastic wit, I see some pleasant conversations in our future. Lastly chocolate, alcohol, pizza and Marcels Frozen Yoghurt are my best friends. Honestly, I do hope you love your year of dancing with us! See you on the floor!
Intervarsity Harry Heathcock Good day, you may refer to me as Harry, just Harry. Though aspiring magician may be accurate, I am no wizard. In time you will come to know me as witty, friendly, and extremely over-energetic – if you see someone skipping across the floor in an outrageous colour scheme, that’s probably me. I joined ballroom at the start of my first year, signing my life away immediately after the first lesson and I have not looked back since. It has become an integral part of my existence (and no, my life is not sad, this is just that awesome!). I am overjoyed to be on Committee and be a part of the society’s inner workings! Other things about me: I’m an avid reader (high-fantasy or science fiction for me, please!), I’m a gamer (multiplayer, I’m bad at finishing storylines), I love Queen (yes, this is a point on its own), I juggle, I play the guitar, I play Yu-Gi-Oh! too, and I want to be a ventriloquist! Too many things, I know, but dancing has managed to capture me and shall not be releasing me anytime soon! Oh yes, in between the hobbies I am doing a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics. Don’t hesitate to say hi or ask me a few questions, I’m really the last person who’d look intimidating!
Hello dancers and dancers to be! I am your teacher. Dancing has been my favorite hobby and it turned into my profession. I have more than 30 years of experience teaching Ballroom and Latin. Some of my students build up a very successful dancing carrier all around the world. I was a Ballroom Champion of my country Bulgaria and now I am IDSF, SADTA, BGDSF licensed adjudicator, examiner and scrutineer. I will teach you international style Ballroom Dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep and Latin American Dances: Samba, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba, Passo Double and Jive. I have lived for some years in Brazil where I studied and taught authentic Latin American dances such as Brazilian Samba, Salsa and Argentine Tango and the passion for these dances remained in my heart. I cannot imagine my life without dancing. Dancing gives unforgettable experience and emotional satisfaction of doing something beautiful. Through my experience I can assure you that everybody can learn how to dance. You just need to dedicate some of your time to come for the classes with the desire to learn. In exchange you will be filled up with positive energy. In my PhD thesis: Influence Of Dance Sport On The Subjective Wellbeing, I proved scientifically that practicing ballroom dancing twice a week reduces academic stress and anxiety, makes people happier and more satisfied with their lives. So come to dance with us and you will never regret it! Believe me, after a short time under my guidance you will be able to dance! Here are five good reasons why to join UCT Ballroom and Latin Dancing Society:
You will enjoy learning dances from all over the world;
You will be able to dance them with different partners;
You will meet interesting people and make wonderful friendships;
You will have unforgettable experiences throughout the year with our Socials, Medals, Intervarsity, Showcase and Formal Ball;
You will feel great.
Another exiting dancing year begins. The years are never the same, there is always something new to happen each time. But this year will be much more different than the others. Sadly we will not have Maureen teaching any more at UCT Ballroom. We are welcoming John Hamman who is starting his teaching with us. See you on the dancing floor! Iliana Ianovska www.ilianaschoolofdance.com
My name is John Hamman. I will be helping with the senior Latin American classes on Wednesday nights. I started dancing socially at the UCT ballroom society in 2002 and went on to dance competitively in 2004. My achievements to date include Western Province Amateur Latin Champion and 3rd in the South African National Latin Championship both as Amateur and Professional. I also run my own studio teaching social and competitive dancing to all ages and levels. I am very much looking forward to working with all of you at some stage in the future.