Smart young dance stars step out in style

Members of the Sheffield University team in the Sheffield Social Ballroom and Latin American Dance Competition at the Octagon Centre.
Members of the Sheffield University team in the Sheffield Social Ballroom and Latin American Dance Competition at the Octagon Centre.
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THEY twirled, they lunged, they did their hair…

As one of Sheffield University’s key buildings the Octagon Centre has seen its fair share of exam drama and jam-packed rock gigs.

Contestants in the Sheffield Social Ballroom and Latin American Dance Competition at the Octagon Centre.

Contestants in the Sheffield Social Ballroom and Latin American Dance Competition at the Octagon Centre.

But for 14 hours at the weekend the venue was strictly for natty movers and fancy feet as dancers from more than a dozen universities across the country did battle – in the politest of fashion.

Sheffield Social Latin and Ballroom Competition saw more than 350 dancers duck out of the rain to bring a touch of class to the eight walls of the centre.

While the floor was awash with finely-choreographed calm and precision – with a splash of passion thrown in – the edges of the floor were busy with scenes of preparation from shoe shining to shiny hair.

Eyelashes were curled, frocks pinned up and hemlines levelled as smart students waited for their call in the second largest Latin and Ballroom competition in the north of England.

Contestants in the Sheffield Social Ballroom and Latin American Dance Competition at the Octagon Centre.

Contestants in the Sheffield Social Ballroom and Latin American Dance Competition at the Octagon Centre.