Inter-uni competition ends in success for DMU Dance

By Sophie Sandberg

De Montfort University’s dance society last week hosted its first-ever inter-uni dance competition which ended in great success.

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Dance societies from four universities took part in the friendly inter-uni dance competition, organised by DMU’s dance society, at the Venue in Leicester.

About 87 dancers from DMU, University of Westminster, Lincoln University, and from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, competed in 11 categories in this year’s competition.

Bekki Mistri, the president of DMU’s dance society, said: “We have been a society for 11 years and never hosted a competition like this.

“It’s been a plan for the society for years to host our own competition. We’ve attended other university competitions and have always wanted to host our own, and I’m so proud that we actually did it and that I got to be a part of it all,” she added.

DMU were placed first in beginners hip-hop, solo and in the wildcard category.

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Bekki Mistri (centre), holding one of DMU’s well-deserved trophies

The best choreography was also awarded to DMU for its performance in the contemporary category, choreographed by Bethan Harrop.

The society’s committee has been planning the competition since June last year but due to issues with the cost of the venue, the competition had to be put off for a while.

Miss Mistri said: “I think it’s important for university societies to organise events like these as it gives members an opportunity to perform, compete, and support their society.

“It also builds confidence, creates a sense of inclusion and provides experiences that university tuition alone can’t provide.

“I was definitely impressed with the quality of the dances from all universities, but what impressed me most was the team spirit.

“Everyone genuinely supported each other, so the atmosphere was friendly and enjoyable for everyone.”

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