President: Olivia Scalise-Gaspar
Hi, I’m Olivia (Liv) and I am a second-year law student at Clare. I began dancing ballet at age 3. When I was 13, I made the massive shift from ballet to street and danced in school groups. I love to dance, and knew I had to keep doing it at Cambridge! I became super involved in Cutazz and the Competition Team from my first year, and was Social Sec in the previous committee (2017-18). My job now, as President, is to oversee the Committee and manage the general running of the Society, to ensure the best possible experience for all our members and guests! I help coordinate everyone to ensure excellent classes are being run every week and that the Competition Team is strong and successful. I am also largely responsible for organizing the Annual Cutazz Show in February, which displays the talent, variety, unity, and passion for dance we cultivate in this Society. Cutazz is a place for everyone who dances and everyone who desires to. We welcome people of all backgrounds, ages, and interests with this common ground and commitment to dance. Feel free to contact me or any of the committee (below) by email or Facebook if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or click here to see our FAQ.
We look forward to dancing with you!
Vice President: Beth Hermaszewska
Hi, I’m Beth and I’m a first year HSPS student at Catz. I began dancing at the age of 5 and I have taken exams at Intermediate level in ballet (ARBTA), tap (ISTD), modern (ISTD), Advanced 2 in jazz (ARBTA), and have completed GCSE dance. I have always loved dancing and am so happy to have found CUTAZZ to continue dancing with whilst at Cambridge. Here, I have joined the competition team and classes, both of which have been a definite highlight of my first year at university.
As Vice President of the society it is my responsibility to organise teachers and timetables for our classes, and to support the President in any way I can, including helping to organise the show in Lent term.
CUTAZZ is a wonderful community and a great place to try dancing for the first time or to continue to advance in it. Please contact me with any questions, suggestions or problems.
Competitions Officer: Beth Corker
Hi, I’m Beth a second year natural scientist at Homerton. I have been dancing since I was three and have done a huge variety of styles ranging from ballet to tap to theatre craft. I always knew that I would carry on dancing when I started university and it was the only stall I searched for at the Freshers Fair and I haven’t looked back since. I have been in a number of the competition teams in both my first and second year and have loved every minute. This year I am the CUTAZZ competitions officer which means I run auditions for the all the competition teams, enter the team into national competitions and organise our dance Varsity which will be happening on home turf this year! I would love to hear from you, don’t hesitate with any questions you may have about the team or competitions in general.
Secretary: Meg Pickford
Hi, I’m Megan a first year English student at Emma. I have been dancing since I was 3 doing ballet, tap, modern and jazz. I absolutely love dance and it has always been a big part of my life. So, despite arriving at Cambridge with a broken elbow, I was desperate to find a society to continue dancing with. CUTAZZ is such a brilliant one with a super friendly atmosphere. Doing the annual show and going to classes has been a major contributor to making my first year amazing! My main job as secretary is to organise the room bookings for our classes to ensure you all have somewhere to dance. I will also be making the programme for next year’s CUTAZZ show. Additionally, I oversee our mailing list so if you want to be added for CUTAZZ news, reminders of class locations etc. just send me an email. I’m really excited to dance with you all this year!
Publicity and Events: Hanna Tallinn
Hi, I’m Hanna, a 2nd year BioNatsci at Emma. I first started dancing at the age of 4 when being ushered into ballet class as a compulsory addition to figure skating. Realizing quickly that ballet was not my style, I explored around many different genres: Jazz, Show-Dance, Latin, Hip-Hop, Urban Dance Choreography and Reggae Dancehall. The last three are what I absolutely adore and have stuck with for the past 6-ish years. I am so glad to have found CUTAZZ as it has absolutely made the past two years I have been in Cambridge. Both being in and choreographing for the Competition Street Team as well as getting to make friends with such awesome people has been a real honour.As the Publicity Officer this year it is my job to ensure all our social media accounts stay up to date and that the standard of advertisement for Freshers fair, the 2019 Show, and Varsity remains high. Additionally, I work closely with the Social Sec and Competitions Officer to ensure high quality promotion for all events and competitions.
Feel free to send me an email with any questions, suggestions or problems regarding our social media/website/promotional material!
Treasurer: Nina Siriwardena
I’m Nina, a third year vet at Medwards. I’ve loved dancing since I was 6 and I’m already really excited for CUTAZZ show 2019 so make sure you get involved – I promise you won’t regret it! As Treasurer, my job involves looking after both the day-to-day and the overall finances of the society. If you have any money-related ideas, questions or suggestions, or would be interested in sponsoring the whole society and/or the competition team, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Social Secretary: Rosie Donald
Hi I’m Rosie, a second year Bio Natsci from Clare. I’m super excited to be the new social secretary for CUTAZZ! I’ve been dancing ever since the age of 3 and joining CUTAZZ has absolutely been one of the highlights from my Cambridge experience. I’m so proud to be part of the CUTAZZ family and my job is to make sure everyone feels welcome so expect lots of upcoming mixers, movie nights and much more! If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact me.
Merchandise: Maria Ionescu
Hi, I’m Maria, a second year medic at Downing. I’ve been dancing since I was 7, originally just ballet and tap before expanding my horizons to lyrical, jazz, street and musical theatre around the age of 11. Dance has been a big part of my life since then and I’ve loved being part of the amazing dance community that is CUTAZZ for the past two years. The annual shows have been a definite highlight of my time at Cambridge so far – I’d encourage any dancers to come and get involved in classes and performing! I am your merchandise officer for the year, which means I will be organising stash and costumes for us all. If you have any suggestions or comments, such as new CUTAZZ stash ideas you’d like to see available, let me know!