Rawkus Street Dance

Rawkus is a street dance society within Loughborough Students' Union. It was founded in 2004 by Bagsy, now an All European Waacking champion, and André Bright, also now a professional dancer. We welcome all students and non-students who share a love for dance, regardless of their ability. However, we provide opportunities for people to learn and perform at high levels. For example, we are the intermediate street Go Hard or Go Home 2019 winners.

This year we are providing fun and challenging online classes that give you the foundations of street dance styles such as hip hop, house, popping, locking, and more. Our teachers Gaz and Rianne are experienced professionals who are passionate and skilled. Rawkus runs two one-hour classes per week, as well as taking part in performances and events (Covid restrictions permitting). We will also put on socials throughout the year so you can get to know the people you dance with. 

You will not regret joining the Rawkus family. If you are unsure about whether you want to join or not, October 2020 is on us! Come November, if you want to continue, our semester 1 membership price is reduced considerably due to online rather than studio classes. 

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See you in class,

Our Teachers

Street Dance with Gareth Woodward—Mondays, 18:30-19:30, Online

Gareth Woodward, a Loughborough University alumnus, is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and DJ. He has worked with Mariah Carey, Take That, Coldplay, Cheryl, The X Factor and The Voice UK. He has also appeared in commercials for Cadburys, Cartoon Network, Morrisons and has featured in hit Bollywood films. Gareth has choreographed performance pieces for occasions such as a corporate fashion event for John Lewis and Breakin’ Convention’s national tour—the biggest hip hop festival in the UK. In his classes you will learn popping, locking, house and hip hop, along with other street styles such as waacking, breaking and krump. Expect to learn a strong foundation in these styles as well as their culture and history!

Street Inspired Choreography with Rianne Gayle—Thursdays, 18:30-19:30, Online

Rianne Gayle’s classes are a vibrant amalgamation of her street dance training in France, her time competing in Sheffield with Ink Dance and her experience performing all over the UK with a Caribbean carnival dance troupe. You can expect a range of music and a range of feelings in her choreography. It could be sassy and sexy one week, a street-focussed routine full of swagger the next and a party vibe the week after that. Rianne has quickly become very popular with our members having finished her first year teaching at Rawkus.