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UW Madison Dance Organizations

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Uploaded on Feb 29, 2012

This video was recorded in April 2008, highlighting 13 student dance organizations that reserve rooms at the UW-Madison Union South. The video served as a guide for the design of the new Union South and focused on organizations requiring multipurpose rooms, with or without carpet, but a majority of the organizations do require a carpet free floor.
Some key points to note:
1) A wide variety of dance organizations (more than 20) at the UW-Madison provide alcohol-free social activities to broaden the educational, cultural, and social experience of students. Dance organizations are among the most ethnically and culturally diverse students groups at the UW-Madison campus.

2) Dance organizations relied heavily on the old Union South building for rehearsals and social dances because the meeting rooms were separate units and academic conferences had less demand for the older building. 5 of the 8 meeting rooms were not carpeted. Now, it is actually more difficult for student dance organizations to reserve rooms in the new Union South because there is higher demand from conferences and private parties, and the 3 main rooms suitable for dancing (Varsity I, II, III) are in one contiguous space. When a conference, concert, or private party reserves the space, it is not available to student organizations. The addition of a single rehearsal room at the Student Activity Center has only partially satisfied demand.

3) When Memorial Union begins renovations, reservation options on campus will be reduced yet again. This may cause several dance organizations to become permanently inactive during this renovation period if there is no longer space at the Gordon Dining & Event Center.

4) The only venues available on campus suitable for social dances and practice are Memorial Union, Union South, SAC, and Gordon Commons. Organizations are only able to reserve a large room at the Unions once or twice a semester through the Central Reservations lottery process. The SAC multipurpose room is too small for ballroom social dances and is closed Friday/Saturday nights. The organization that reserves Gordon Commons most often (3-4 times each month) is the Ballroom Dance Association, with a typical membership of 200 students. All students enrolled in ballroom classes in the UW-Madison Dance Department also depend on these social dances for practice. Eliminating this dance space in the new Gordon Dining & Event Center will reduce UWMBDA social dances to 1 per month, which may render the dance club unsustainable. All student organizations that require non-carpeted meeting rooms will be negatively impacted by the loss of dance space at the Gordon Dining & Event Center.
Sign the online petition to save dance space at the Gordon Dining & Event Center! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/sa...

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