How is Burban going to function in light of COVID-19?
When the semester starts, we will be abiding by any rules and restrictions in place, such as running activities virtually and limiting the number of people at events if we are able to gather in the future. That being said, Burban has been running virtual lessons, socials and putting out tutorial content over the summer, and we've been having a blast. So, we have no doubt that this year will be just as much fun despite these uncertain times.
What if I’ve never danced before?
Not to worry, our society, lessons and training sessions are all beginner friendly! Most of us only started dancing at uni as well. We know dance can seem a tad intimidating sometimes but feel free to approach any of us when we're around and we'd be happy to give you some tips!
What is the difference between training sessions and lessons?
Lessons are paid sessions where an instructor will teach techniques, moves or choreography. These are more structured sessions that are perfect for people who would like to learn more or just get started in dance! Training are free and less structured sessions where a space is open for people to dance, cypher, choreograph, hangout or just work on whatever they've been working on. The setting is very casual and people can come and go as they please.
Do I need any equipment for dance?
The short answer is no not really! Just bring yourself, a bottle of water and whatever clothes you feel comfortable moving in. That being said, in terms of break, some breakers have beanies for headspins, knee/ elbow pads for protection, sliding and more. There's more about this on our 'equipment' page but you don't have to worry about this if you're just starting out- as we said everything's beginner friendly!
How often do you run events?
We usually have lessons twice a week and optional training sessions five times a week. In terms of bigger events, we tend to do four shows, one national university dance competition and one break exchange with another university in a year. As you can see there's lots to get involved with!
What kind of socials do you do?
We’ve done karaoke, halloween parties, quiz nights, movie nights, bowling, sports and more! Since we’ve gone virtual over summer, we cooked together over zoom, played cards against humanity, had gaming tournaments and hosted happy hours through the screen! The big social event of the year though is the Burban games where we run around in a park, competing with each other at obstacle courses, tug-a-war and piggy back races all while being dressed in ridiculous outfits (the last one we did was Avatar themed).
Are there any freshers sharks I should be aware of?
There was Taiga, but he's not at the uni any more so you don't have to worry, everyone else is quite friendly.