Any free time I had, we were practicing.
Dominic Macias is studying PhD Research Programme in Chemistry and has been selected as an Arts Scholar for 2018-19. Dominic found his love for dance at University of Bath when he was looking for sports groups in his first year but instead found the Latin and Ballroom Club. Now in his fourth year, Dominic shares how he is in the highest division in the university circuit and has been working with music scholars to create two pieces to perform in Platform on Friday 22 March.
What is your background in your chosen art form?
In my first year of university in 2014, I went to the sports fair held on campus and came across the Bath University Latin and Ballroom dance club. I was immediately interested and went to all three taster sessions on offer. I fell in love with the dance style and joined the club, actively trying to improve as quickly as possible. In my 4th year of university, I found a new competitive partner and we trained as much as possible. Any free time I had, we were practicing. The highlight of my 4th year is that we won every single competition we entered which was an amazing achievement for such a new partnership. In the 1st year of my PhD, we are now in the highest division in the university circuit – advanced – and our aim is to do as well as possible. Currently, for the last 3 competitions, we have won the advanced category but there is much more work to do. We are frequently commuting to Reading where our coaches reside.
What are you working on ahead of Platform?
Myself and my partner Yiping Sun will be doing two performances:
The first will involve myself, my partner and our group of musicians. We will be dancing a slow foxtrot to “Cheek to Cheek” which will be very fun to dance to!
Finally, my dance partner and I will be dancing a demonstration dance of a slow waltz combined with a Viennese waltz.
If you are collaborating with other students tell us a bit about the process and how it’s going?
What/Who inspires, influences or drives you?
Our Coach, Morgan Hemphill, is a massive influence. She started dancing at 18 and has since gone on to win the 10 dance championships 15 times with her partner Richard Still. Additionally, Russian champions Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova are inspirational to us. The way they create space when dancing, and how you can feel every emotion when they dance – it is simply beautiful.