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In the Spotlight: Women's History Month


Catherine Cook

Secretary of KCL Dance Society and  Student Centres Receptionist



What does your role involve?

Having danced since I was 4, as soon as I came to Kings I knew I wanted to carry this on during university. I joined Dance Society in my first year and ever since then I’ve been hooked. It’s amazing seeing the talent each new year brings and being able to perform with such incredible dancers. Being on committee for any society means you have to be organised and set an example for the other members of the group but as secretary in particular, my role involves handling the admin to keep things running smoothly, compiling the monthly dance newsletters and answering all emails and Facebook messages we get from interested students! Despite the time and effort that goes into leading a group, the thing I love the most is that this is a way I can give back to the society that I have enjoyed spending so much of my time at Kings with.  

What does Women’s History Month mean to you?

Women’s History Month is a great opportunity to celebrate all the talents us women have and taking time to look at what we can achieve. Here at Dance Soc, although we do have some fabulous male members we are predominantly a female heavy society. So many of our members are very inspirational- they manage to juggle a full time university degree, other part-time work and as much as 15 hours a week of dance rehearsals!

What has been your proudest moment in your role?

In January we competed at Kingston University’s dance competition and due to the determination and effort that all of our competition team put into rehearsals leading up to this, we won £500 for being the best university team at the competition! Seeing all of our hard work pay off was the best feeling and made all the hours rehearsing worth it. I think the best part of being in Dance Society is that it unites so many students who otherwise wouldn’t meet through the academic side of their university life due to this shared interest in dance.

What do you have planned for this year?

We’ve had a great year and won lots of trophies at various competitions(!) but our most exciting event of the year- our annual dance show ‘Wonderland’ is coming up later this month (22nd-24th March) which we have been working so hard for since early January. We’ve all had so much fun rehearsing and the best news is that ALL proceeds go to charity. Come along and see what the fuss is about! Tickets are available on the KCLSU website.

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