This report summarizes feedback provided by members of the Imperial College Dance Club regarding various aspects of the Club’s operations and events during the past year. The Dance Club distributed a survey to its members to elicit their perspectives on how practices, competitions, trainers, and other elements were organized and executed.

The report synthesizes member responses to key questions, highlighting recurrent themes in their praise, criticisms and suggestions. Each section addresses feedback pertaining to a specific aspect of the Club’s activities.

Ballroom Practices

Overall, members find the ballroom practices useful, especially when there is clear structure and focus areas provided. Some feel it becomes too much like an additional technique class at times. Common suggestions were for teachers to provide more individual feedback to couples and set specific improvement tasks to work on before the next session. Members praised the energy and attention to relevant aspects. However, more discipline is needed in terms of punctuality. The space limitations mean dividing into smaller groups is beneficial. But inactive members should still participate in exercises when not dancing, rather than just observing passively.


Latin Practices

Similar feedback for the Latin practices - members find it useful when there are specific focus areas for each session. There is a desire for teachers to share feedback and attention more evenly amongst couples, rather than just the top dancers constantly. Peer feedback sessions were highlighted as being particularly valuable. Timing late at night was challenging for some members’ energy levels and travel. As with ballroom, more individualized feedback prompts would be appreciated to give couples improvement goals to work towards each practice.


Feedback on Trainer Sessions

The trainer sessions are seen as beneficial for getting beginners dancing more and facilitating mingling between teams. However, communication and organization of the sessions needs significant improvement - more notice is required, along with earlier scheduling and assignment of trainers. Clarification is needed regarding the intended outcomes - general tips versus detailed technique advice. There is skepticism about abilities of some trainers. Potential ideas include trainer-mentor schemes and limiting advice to easy presentation/posture improvements.


Practice Spaces

The JCR space is deemed sufficient by most but very tight for ballroom sessions. Everyone should help with setup and not just arrive once ready. The space should be fully utilised during sessions by respecting lessons occurring and giving them a wide berth. Many members unsurprisingly desire more space, with some specifically requesting alternate studios or Ethos.


Competitions - what members liked

Members praised the positive team atmosphere, supportive and helpful conduct between members, and the prompt coach arrival. Good preparation of beginner dancers was noticed. The new venue was favourably viewed. Disliked aspects included crowded changing areas, inefficient food storage creating mess, and poor timekeeping - arriving very early and departing late at night.


Competitions - what could be improved

Key critiques were around late shoe orders affecting beginners’ preparation and some committee members not fulfilling duties, burdening others. Communication of dates, costs and other logistics further in advance would assist planning. Potential ideas included distributing a competition guide detailing procedures, allowing optional earlier travel for sufficient preparation, and exploring cheaper group accommodation options.