Cambridge Dancers' Club
Summer DanceSport Workshops
To fit in with coach availability, the last of these workshops before Michaelmas will be staged on successive Sundays rather than a single weekend - divided between Latin American dance styles and Modern Ballroom ones. Each workshop focuses on some aspect of technique which is generally applicable to the style but may also concentrate on a particular dance. All workshops will be held at the University Sports Centre (CB3 0AS).
Sunday 25th September (afternoon and evening):
13:30 - 16:00 = Jemma (Multipurpose Room Studio) - Paso & Samba
16:30 - 19:00 = David (Multipurpose Room Studio) - Cha-Cha, Rumba & Jive
19:00 - 20:00 = further practice time
Sunday 2 October morning (morning and afternoon):
10:00 - 13:00 = Paul (main Sports Hall) - using your ankles & Quickstep
13:30 - 16:30 = Bruce (Multipurpose Room Studio) - Foxtrot & Waltz
Cost is £15 per day or £10 per half-day (payable on the door).
Note that you don't need to be on the dancesport team to attend these. Other members of the CDC are also welcome - even without a partner. However, you do need to already know the basics of the various dances in order to benefit from learning better technique.
We are currently out of term-time for the academic summer holidays. As a result, only some regular practices continue on our timetable. Our full range of options will return in October for Michaelmas Term (sneak preview here), after the special activities in Freshers Week (from Tuesday 4th October to Sunday 9th October).
Come find us at the Fair on Parkers Piece (and in the Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre) all morning and afternoon on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October. This year, there's also a rare chance to attend a DanceSport practice for free and find out what those are like. Meet Cambridge University DanceSport Team members and non-uni CDC Competes members on Tuesday evening in Parkside School gym for Ballroom and Latin practice from 7pm to 9pm. But do be careful to stick to the edges of the room if you don't know the rules of the ballroom. Meet Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team members on Wednesday evening in the upper hall of the Stoneyard Centre for RnR practice from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. But do be considerate and quiet when entering and leaving the venue because the Women's Institute are holding a meeting in the cafe below.
In addition to some private in-college events, we will have free public taster sessions with demonstrations and tuition from some of the experienced team members and coaches. On Thursday 6th the taster sessions are from 8:30pm to 10pm in St.Columba's halls. On Friday 7th the taster session is from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad) as part of our regular social practice: General Dancing. On Saturday 8th the taster session is from 4pm to 5:30pm in St.Columba's halls. If you want to dance competitively, the Cambridge University DanceSport team will be holding their team trials over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of October, starting in St.Matthew's School (all day Saturday). Alternatively, you could compete at Rock'n'Roll dancing with the CURnR Team.
Cambridge Dancers Club classes cover a wide range of social dance styles and also some competitive styling versions. To try out our dance styles for free before committing yourself, please do come to our beginners' taster sessions in Freshers' Week. Everyone is welcome, not just students, but note that our regular classes during term time cater to adults (of all ages) not children. Taster sessions are also suitable for improvers who want a quick recap after the long vacation. There's no special dress code and no need to bring a partner. After that our non-member class fee is £8.
If you do decide to join us, then CDC membership for the 2016-7 academic year will be available at freshers' week events, including the various taster sessions, at the special early-bird price of £15 for students (or anyone on benefits). Thereafter, it's the usual annual price of £20 for adults or £18 for students when joining at normal classes. Club membership includes some more free class slots to try out each of our various dance styles as well as meaning cheaper regular class prices.
Michaelmas 2016 Term Outline
Week 0 (Sunday Oct.02 to Sunday Oct.09), pre-term week, no normal classes:
Sun. Oct.02 = DS ballroom workshop (at University Sports Centre)
Tue. Oct.04 = Freshers Fair on Parkers Piece (am + pm)
Tue. Oct.04 = free DS B+L practice from 7pm to 9pm in Parkside School gym (with CUDT)
Wed. Oct.05 = Freshers Fair on Parkers Piece (am + pm)
Wed. Oct.05 = free DS RnR practice from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Stoneyard Centre (with CURnR)
Thu. Oct.06 = free taster sessions from 8:30pm to 10pm in St.Columba's halls
Fri. Oct.07 = free taster session from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in grad.pad MDH
Sat. Oct.08 = CU DanceSport Team trials all day in St.Matthew's School
Sat. Oct.08 = free taster sessions from 4pm to 5:30pm in St.Columba's halls
Sun. Oct.09 = CU DanceSport Team callbacks/partnering in Parkside School gym (1pm to 4pm)
Regular classes and practices will start on Monday 10th October. The timetable for that should go up by the end of September but a sneak preview is here.
Those who were beginners in a previous term should be improvers the next term, unless they missed a lot of classes or struggled with the dance style and would prefer to repeat beginners. We have more options for ballroom and latin than other styles, with the full progression being: Beginners → (New) Improvers → (Easy) Intermediates → Advanced.
Improvers do often prefer to remain at that level for more than one term but we sometimes have an Easy Intermediates level too for those who feel ready to tackle some slightly harder dances and dance figures. Anyone who has been dancing for much more than a year should try an Intermediates class. At that level you should also be considering joining the dancesport practices - especially if you do happen to have a compatible partner from classes with whom you can practise your routines.
Our General Dancing sessions on Friday evenings, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad), are intended to be for everyone to practise together in a friendly social environment. It's completely free to attend GD, whether you want to dance or merely to watch. You don't need a fixed practice partner and you don't need CDC membership either. Eg some ex-members return from time to time and people also bring visitors and family along - including their children!
There's usually no official tuition at these social events but there are typically several experienced dancers around who are willing to show beginners (or improvers) a few steps - though obviously you'll gain more benefit by attending proper classes too! You can try dancing with different people during the evening or stick with your one special partner as you wish. So do come along and introduce yourself to the regulars.
During term-time, the first half hour will concentrate on beginners dances (pairs of waltz, quickstep, cha-cha and jive tracks with some rumba and social foxtrot) to allow new students to start to integrate fully in the social side of the club and/or practise their routines outside the class situation. But GD also continues outside academic term times into the holidays - apart from national holidays (when the building itself is closed).
Dance Practice Sessions
These practices are for people who already know what they want to practise as there is no formal dance tuition provided. You do not have to be on the team or even a CDC member to attend these sessions but you do have to agree to be bound by the club's health and safety rules (see the committee member in charge of the session).
The subscription price for the remainder of the summer is £10. Or you may pay a singleton £5 price per practice if you prefer (eg if you have dancing friends just visiting Cambridge once). The subscription price for the Michaelmas term will be £20.
Music will be played as appropriate during the sessions - typically favouring latin american in the smaller venues and modern ballroom in the larger ones. That doesn't mean you can't practise different dances at a particular session. You just need to be considerate of other users of the space. Any RnR (or salsa!) people attending a public practice may prefer to bring their own tracks and co-ordinate with Filip, Sofiya, Nina or Reggie for these to be played when they want a complete run-through of a dance.
The CDC as a whole does not arrange private lessons for people. Those teachers who are willing to have their details made public are included on our links page. However, if you are already on the DanceSport teams or are hoping to be selected, you may be able to arrange for a private lesson with one of the team coaches. Contact the CUDT Secretary to book a specific time slot. Non-team people should contact the new CDC competitive group.
If you regularly attend more than one class per week and are committed to dancing, you might want to consider joining the CDC committee. Email the club or ask any door-duty person what this involves. We really do need your help to run the club and there are a few perks, such as cheaper classes, too.
Competitive DanceSport Ballroom & Latin
Dancing is not just for older people. If you're a student in the Cambridge area who might be eligible to compete for Cambridge, or if you'd simply like to try the competitive side of dancing for fun, then come along to our DanceSport classes. If you were a beginner in the past competition year (ending with IVDC), then you should attend the intermediates class this term and/or continue with team sessions and private lessons.
If you're a student and have not had lessons in ballroom and latin before, then you can join the Cambridge University Beginners' DanceSport Team (there's no fixed limit on places and you'll only be competing against other beginners). Note that, for dancesport purposes, Anglia Ruskin students count as Cambridge students. If you're interested in competing but have other questions about eligibility etc then contact the CUDT Beginners' Captain at email@example.com.
If you're a student but not a beginner then you can trial for the Cambridge University DanceSport Team - by far the most successful university team in the country last year! The main auditions are at the start of the Michaelmas term for places on several teams. For more information, please contact the CUDT Captain(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CDC also has members competing very successfully on the open circuit (in which non-students may compete). To learn about competitive opportunities for non-students, including out-of-term practice spaces or to seek a partner, please join the "CDC Competes on the Open Circuit" Facebook group. For more information contact our club Secretary at email@example.com.
Another dance style featured in the inter-varsity competitions is rock and roll. This has evolved from its authentic social dancing roots to encompass continental-style high kicks as well as showy acrobatics. If this sounds and looks like your sort of thing then anyone is welcome to join and train with the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team. For more information contact the CURnR Captains, Asia and Geoff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year they will have their own DanceSport RnR class and public practice on Wednesday evenings; but it's possible to try that as well as our social RnR classes (still on Tuesday evenings) if you want to keep your options open and learn a wider range of styles and figures.
If you don't want to join the CDC at the moment but do want to receive emailed announcements of our events during the year, you can subscribe yourself to our mailing list for interested non-members (by clicking on that link). You will then have to reply to the confirmation email you receive.
If you want to unsubscribe from our lists you *must* use the exact form of your email address which you originally used to subscribe to them, not some forwarded or modified version (eg gmail is not the same as googlemail and academic sub-department addresses are not the same as generic cam.ac.uk ones). Our system can only recognise automatically the information you gave it. If you no longer have access to your originally specified email address then you'll need to request a manual removal.
See our links page for other dance groups (with their own classes and events), private teachers and suppliers of dance equipment etc.
Non-CDC activities in the immediate space-time vicinity include:
- Ceroc is on Monday evenings at the University Sports & Social Club on Mill Lane.
- The LindyHoppers have classes and social events on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
- CamTango now run Argentine Tango classes at St.C's (Gibson Hall) on Wednesdays.
- Cambridge Cuban Salsa is operating the Thursday Salsa Social Club and the Sunday Salsa Lounge.
- Wolfson college has cross-body salsa on Thursdays and Argentine Tango on Saturdays.
- There is more cross-body salsa on Mondays at St.Paul's, Wednesdays & Fridays at the USC and Thursdays at OLEM Parish Centre.
- There is English, Scottish, Irish and American folk/country dancing in town plus morris and molly dancing.
- The next Tea Dance at the Guildhall will be on Wednesday 12th October from 1pm to 4pm. This features a mixture of standard ballroom and latin dances and sequence dancing.
- Tea Dances of a similar nature occur regularly in many villages around Cambridge (eg out at Prickwillow).
- More local dance events can be found via meetup.
Regency Dance All Day Workshop
Saturday October 8, from 10am to 5pm
St Marks Church Hall, Church Hill Rd, Surbiton, KT6 4LS