President: Freya Ruparel
Hi, I’m Freya and I’m a 2nd year Geographer at Homerton. I’m your new President and very excited for the upcoming year. As well as planning an incredible show I want to keep the society running smoothly and want to have lots of socials to make up for the past year! I have attended lots of CUTAZZ classes over the past 2 years, been part of our amazing jazz and contemporary team (which I choreographed this year), have run online heels classes and choreographed a piece in the last CUTAZZ show. I have been dancing from the age of 4 in contemporary and commercial. I trained on the CAT Scheme at Trinity Laban for 2 years in contemporary whilst learning other styles such as jazz, ballet and street dance. I have performed on the BBC, in the O2 and for Team UK in the European Cheerdance Championships in Slovenia.
Vice President: Olivia Allen
Hi! I’m Olivia, a geographer at Homerton.
I started dancing at the age of 2 and it has always been my biggest passion. With training in modern jazz, ballet, tap and many other styles, I have competed in regional and national competitions, competed at multiple IDTA scholarship events, performed as a soloist with the Regional Youth Ballet, and trained on associate programmes at the Northern Ballet and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. At Cambridge, I have competed with five of the blues competition teams, taught multiple in-person and online classes for CUTAZZ, and have been to many CUTAZZ classes and socials. As your new Vice President, I hope to get involved even more, making the society the best it can be for everyone!
I can’t wait to meet you all! Feel free to message me if you have any questions, suggestions or just want to chat!
As Competitions Officers, our role begins in Michaelmas term by selecting and welcoming our new team for 2021-22. 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: Alice Birch
I’m Alice, a third year Engineer at Pembroke. CUTAZZ has been a massive part of my time at Cambridge, I have taught, choreographed, been President and now I’m Co-Captain! CUTAZZ is an amazing, talented community and offers so much more opportunity for dance learning, challenges and growth than I could have imagined.
The team is particularly close to my heart and some of my best memories from uni are from rehearsing and competing. I have learnt so much from my teammates and I only hope I can help bring another great year of CUDCT!
Please contact me with any questions or for a chat. I look forward to dancing with you!
Competition Team Co-Captain: Mia Biggs
Hi! I’m Mia, a law student at Queens’ College, returning for a second year as your Competitions Captain. I have been dancing since I was 2 years old (hopefully I’ve somewhat improved from my good toes, naughty toes days), and have trained in various styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. Performing has made up such a huge part of my life at Cambridge, especially in my first year, 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. 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: Megan Hsu
Hi! I’m Megan, a second year historian at Trinity! I’ve danced a variety of styles with my high school team from street to contemporary, and I’m so glad I can continue dancing in Cambridge with a welcoming community like CUTAZZ! After choreographing for the show in my first year and sitting on the committee in my second year, I wanted to continue giving back to CUTAZZ! I look forward to finding great rooms for our (fingers crossed) in-person classes and keeping all of you updated on CUTAZZ news by managing the mailing list!
Publicity: Chloe Ward
Hi, I’m Chloe, a 2nd year Engling at Magdalene, and I’ll be doing publicity for CUTAZZ this year!
I started ballet at the age of 6 and have since trained in contemporary, jazz and tap. I was a Northern Ballet associate for 5 years and danced with National Youth Ballet at Sadler’s Wells in 2016! In 1st year I performed in CUBC’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Titania, and this year joined the CUDCT. In my final year I’m hoping to get more involved with CUTAZZ – I look forward to dancing with you all!
As Publicity Officer I’ll be in charge of updating the website and social media pages to share all of our exciting classes and events with you. This includes social events organised by the social secretaries so keep an eye out for those! If you have any suggestions for the social media or for challenges/events we could do as a society, feel free to drop me a message!
Treasurer: Alice Miller
Hi, I’m Alice and I’m a second year mathmo at Trinity Hall! I’ve been dancing since I was 3, training mainly in ballet and contemporary, alongside a little bit of jazz. Dance has always been a massive part of my life and being involved in CUTAZZ has allowed me to keep learning and growing as a dancer whilst meeting lots of new people. I’ve even been able to start learning tap, which is something I’ve wanted to try for such a long time. I’m so excited to get even more involved with CUTAZZ this coming year as treasurer, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions relating to payments and costs!
Social Secretaries: Poppy Wager-Leigh and Jessie Fischer
Hi! I’m Poppy, a first year Geographer at Caius and this year I’m your co-social secretary! I’ve been dancing for over 10 years and am trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary. This year I have loved being part of CUTAZZ and the wider dance community in Cambridge. As your co-social secretary, I want to bring the society back together again after a long year of isolation and lack of social contact. I’m looking forward to organising bonding events for all CUTAZZ members (including freshers!) with Jessie when restrictions ease up and please feel free to message me with any great ideas!
Hi! I’m Jessie and I’m a second year Bio Natsci at Catz. This year I’m one of the CUTAZZ Social secretaries along with Poppy and I’m really excited to have a great year filled with lots of dancing and hopefully some very fun events! I’ve been dancing for basically my whole life and have enjoyed being a part of countless shows! Being part of CUTAZZ has been such an incredible experience and I have loved meeting all of the amazing people and taking part in classes and the 2020 Show. This year, Poppy and I are planning to organise many socials, hopefully in person too! We’d love to go all out to make up for the lost time (if the restrictions allow!) Can’t wait for this year and really looking forward to working with everyone on the committee!
Merchandise: Katherine Halsall
Hi I’m Katherine, a first year geographer from Queens’ and your Cutazz Merchandise Officer. I’ve been dancing all different styles, starting briefly with ballet before moving to musical theatre work, for 14 years and loved every minute. Commercial/Street styles are my favourite class style but I also love contemporary! To belong to a dance company is something that every dancer needs; a family unit with artistic expression. Costumes are essential in this community feel so I want to enhance confidence with our society merch. 🙂 Feel free to drop me an email with any apparel, or general, queries.
CUTAZZ Committee 2021/2022 ♡