President: Alice Birch
I’m Alice, a second year Engineer at Pembroke. I have been dancing since the age of 3, training in ballet, modern, jazz and tap. CUTAZZ has been a massive part of my time at Cambridge, I have taken part in the competition team, taught beginner’s jazz/lyrical and tap and choreographed for the show. This wasn’t enough dance for me and I was Vice-President of CUDS (Cambridge University Dance Society) 2019-20. CUTAZZ is an amazing, talented community and offers so much more opportunity for dance learning, challenges and growth than I could have imagined!
As President, my role is to oversee and support the committee, and manage the general running of the society. My main responsibility is to organise our annual show in February. I look forward to supporting CUTAZZers for the next year and bringing even more people into our dance family!
Please contact me with any questions, suggestions or problems. We look forward to dancing with you!
Vice President: Freya Ruparel
Hi I’m Freya. I have danced for over 10 years in contemporary and commercial, recently taking up heels which I love. I was on the CAT Scheme at Trinity Laban for 2 years and nearly did dance at uni! I’ve also performed on the BBC, in the O2 and for Team UK in Slovenia for Cheer Dance. I find that dance is a completely separate bubble away from the rest of life and a place to be free and express myself. I love CUTAZZ because I love to dance and I have made some amazing friends.
My role as vice-president is to organise classes and teachers so ensure classes run smoothly by producing the weekly timetable. I also support the rest of the committee and get feedback from you guys :).
As Competitions Officers, our role begins in Michaelmas term by selecting and welcoming our new team for 2020-21. From then on, we will organise and support the teams throughout the year, whether that be by assisting choreographers, getting everyone to rehearsals on time, advertising the teams’ talent online or raising a glass or two with you all at the socials! We both can’t wait to lead the amazing Cambridge dancers through another successful year on the competition team.
Competition Team Co-Captain: Megan Brooks
Hi, I’m Megan! I am a first year MML student from Magdalene. I have been performing for a very long time and have trained in a variety of styles from ballet to commercial. Dance is something that I am very passionate about and if it weren’t for Cambridge, I would currently be doing a dance and musical theatre degree course at Bird college. Cutazz and the competition team in particular has played such a big role in my Cambridge experience to date and I am extremely lucky to be surrounded by so many talented and like-minded dancers.
This year I competed with the team in the Jazz and Wildcard categories but look forward to expanding on this and trying out for different styles this year. Along with Mia, I hope to lead the competition team through another highly successful competition season and to secure a 6th consecutive Varsity win!
Competition Team Co-Captain: Mia Biggs
Hi, I’m Mia, a History and Politics student at Queens’ college. I tried my first ballet class aged 2 ½ and haven’t stopped dancing since! I have trained in various styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary, but am always eager to try new forms of dance. Performing has made up such a large part of my life at Cambridge and I am so thrilled to spend another year training with the best group of dancers and friends!
I was so excited to find at Cambridge such a professional, talented and friendly group of dancers in CUTAZZ. This year I danced in the competition team, took part in contemporary and jazz CUTAZZ classes and performed in our wonderful annual show. I would recommend any and all dancers get involved in our society; from beginners classes to the competition team I can confidently promise a welcoming and supportive community.
Secretary: Marie Donovan
Hello! I’m Marie, a second year HSPS student at Homerton College. I began dancing when I was 13, starting with Ballet. Although I didn’t initially fall in love with it, I soon took up Contemporary dance a couple of years later which is by far my favourite style. I love Contemporary because of its variety and the stories you can tell through movement. You won’t regret joining CUTAZZ (I definitely haven’t!) since it offers a supportive learning environment as well as high quality performance opportunities no matter what your level of ability is.
As secretary, I am mainly responsible for booking rooms for classes and managing the mailing list. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the locations of classes or would like to be added to the mailing list, please send me an email.
Publicity: Megan Hsu
Hi! I’m Megan, a first year historian at Trinity! I started dancing hip hop and street jazz in primary school for fun. After joining my high school team, I was exposed to contemporary dance and also saw how much fun it was to be part of a dance community. I’m really glad I was able to find that here with CUTAZZ and am constantly in awe by how amazing everyone is as dancers and as people! Joining the society and the annual show has been one of the best decisions I’ve made at uni so far.
As publicity officer, I will be in charge of our website, social media, and any promotional related material – which really means showcasing to as many people as possible the stunning and mind-blowing dancing that CUTAZZ has to offer! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions (like making a promo video/flash mob??) to help promote CUTAZZ!
Treasurer: Jessie Fischer
Hi! I’m Jessie and I’m a first year Bio Natsci at Catz. I’ve been dancing since the age of 4 and have always done tap, jazz, modern and hip hop! I’ve enjoyed taking part in countless dance shows and completing tap, modern and hip hop exams. CUTAZZ has been such an amazing part of my university experience so far. This society has enabled me to meet the nicest people and to continue expressing my emotions and having fun though dance. Taking part in the CUTAZZ show was such an amazing experience and I look forward to so many more memories with this society.
As Treasurer, I’m in charge of CUTAZZ’s finances. It’s my job to deal with any problems related to payments, costs and sponsorships, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions
Social Secretary: Sophie Wilson
Hi, I’m Sophie a 3rd year Medic at Selwyn. I began dancing at the age of three and throughout my time I have trained in a variety of styles (with the exception of street but I would love to try). At aged 11 I was accepted onto Northern Ballet’s Centre for Advanced Training Programme (CAT). This gave me the opportunity not only to be taught by renowned individuals, but also perform with their professional company. With a swift change of heart, I swapped my anticipated ballet career for Cambridge. Although I only joined CUTAZZ this year, it has brought dancing back into my life, allowed me to escape the Cambridge bubble and introduced me to a so many new faces. I have been part of the Competition Team and CUTAZZ classes, both equally fabulous. What is so great about CUTAZZ is it’s breadth; it has so much to offer for all abilities. You won’t regret joining us!!
As Social Secretary, I have the fun job of organising CUTAZZ activities outside of classes. From wholesome yoga mornings to sipping drinks at one of Cambridge’s many pubs (or clubs if you prefer), I have it covered. A particular highlight of the year is CUTAZZ’s Annual dinner. Socials are a great way to bond with the amazing CUTAZZ community outside of classes, and an even better way for Freshers to get to know everyone and feel included.
Merchandise: Emelia Wood
Hello, I’m Emelia, a second year medic at St John’s! I have always danced at school and have competed in region competitions for cheerleading, street and hip hop. My favourite style is street dance because I love the great range of dynamics and how rapid and unpredictable the upcoming movements are. CUTAZZ has helped me gain back my confidence in dance after being unable to perform throughout my A-levels, and I would strongly recommend that anyone who has always loved to dance, or those that have never danced but wish to try it out, join such a lovely, talented, welcoming society
I want to give back and be more involved with the society next year, and due to my love for costumes, merch officer seemed the perfect way. My role will be to organise purchase and distribute costumes for the annual CUTAZZ show and organise stash so if you ever have any suggestions for/concerns about costumes, or particular stash you want CUTAZZ to offer, just send me an email.
CUTAZZ Committee 2019/2020 ♡