Cambridge Dancers' Club

Announcements

Monday 25th May is a UK Bank Holiday. Please don't try to come to CDC classes. The venues will be closed.

Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May is school half-term holiday. Parkside Federation will remain closed all week. For DanceSport practices go to St.John's College Palmerston Room.

This week is also the last week of the early-bird ticket price for our summer ball. You can buy tickets at ongoing classes or at General Dancing on Friday evening.

Summer Ball


The CDC Summer Ball will be held on Friday 19th June from 7:30pm to midnight at The Burgess Hall in St.Ives. The dress code is "black tie". More details will follow later.

Tickets are on sale from committee members at normal classes and at General Dancing or can be ordered online. The early-bird price in April or May is £18 for CDC members or £23 for non-members. In June the price will be £5 more. There's also a £7 surcharge for a place on a coach there and back. The coach will depart from Queens' Road, Cambridge at 7 pm and return at midnight.

Team Demos and free Taster Sessions

On Wednesday June 10th from 6pm onwards we'll be at Addenbrooke's Hospital in The Hexagon room of their Frank Lee Leisure & Fitness Centre to do some dance demonstrations and free taster sessions. If you're a member of staff there, do come along to try out some ballroom & latin and rock'n'roll dancing.

If you too want your workplace or college invaded by enthusiastic, bling-covered people who will drag your staff or students onto the dancefloor and encourage them to get involved in a healthy and fun activity, then contact our teams, CUDT and CURnR, individually or email the CDC exec to arrange a suitable date, time and venue.

Classes

We are now over half-way through the Easter 2015 term of classes and about to enter the exam period where some classes are closed down or merged. Please check the timetable again and watch the home page announcements for individual class changes. If you haven't danced before, please wait until next term to start as a new beginner - especially in ballroom and latin, where the dances are cumulative and it's very hard to catch up with existing class attendees.

2015 Easter Term Outline

Week 6 (Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May): is Parkside's half-term holiday and also starts with a bank holiday.

There are no classes with Paul or Clive on this Monday.

Russell's Tuesday B+L classes continue the same. There are no more RnR classes this term.

Sacha's Cuban Salsa classes on Wednesday continue the same. But there are no classes with Paul in Parkside.

Russell's Thursday B+L classes are changing into 3 longer duration (£5) ones: 6pm B+L Improvers, 7:30pm Easy Intermediates and 9pm Intermediates.

There are DanceSport practices in St.John's College Palmerston Room from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 6pm to 7:30pm on Friday. Singleton price is still just £3 this week.

Week 7 (Monday 1st June to Friday 5th June):

Clive's Ballroom & Latin classes on Monday return with 6:30pm Improvers but the 7:30pm to 9pm Intermediates will just be a practice session (£3).

Russell's Tuesday and Thursday B+L classes continue.

Paul's Wednesday B+L classes return for just this one week.

Sacha's Wednesday Cuban Salsa classes continue.

DS Practices are back in Parkside on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. The subscription for the exam portion of term is £15 (or £5 singleton).

Week 8 (Monday 8th June to Friday 12th June): will mostly resemble week 7; but Clive is back in person and we lose Paul's B+L classes. The club's AGM will also take place on the evening of Friday 12th June within GD.

Week 9 (Monday 15th June to Friday 19th June): is outside term time. We have one more pair of DS Practices on Tuesday and Thursday. Our end-of-term ball will be on Friday 19th June out at St.Ives. More details to follow later.

Revision Notes

Revision notes are available for a few of our classes. This page also includes some examples of music suitable for the various dance styles, so that you can practise away from classes.

Ballroom and Latin dancers can also practise at Friday evening's free General Dancing session, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad) off Mill Lane. Our GD sessions continue even outside term time - apart from bank holidays etc when the whole building is closed! You do not need CDC membership to attend GD, whether you want to dance or merely to watch. There's no official tuition at these social events but there are usually some experienced dancers around who are willing to show beginners a few steps. So do come along and introduce yourself to the regulars.

DanceSport Practices and Private Lessons

The various DanceSport practice sessions on the timetable are also available to non-team members on payment of a termly subscription, which covers access to any or all of them during that term, or a one-off price of £3 per person per session (£5 during the exam period). Though, if you attend the Tuesday Latin practice at Kelsey Kerridge, you will also need to pay KK's own day membership fee. To purchase a practice subscription for this term, please speak to a committee member. The price for the exam portion of Easter term is £15.

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.

Summer DanceSport Training Camps

CDC members are welcome to join CUDT for DanceSport Training over the summer. There is also an alumni list. Please fill in this form to sign up for one (or both) of these lists.

In order to make summer training more attractive to dancers who live away from Cambridge during the holiday, this year CUDT is going to organise monthly dance camp weekends. This means two full days of private lessons, practice time and workshops run by our talented and experienced coaching panel - with a diverse range of themes suitable for many levels of dancers. You can also ask fellow dancers who live in Cambridge for some place to sleep. More details will be sent out to those who sign onto the list.

For the alumnus list, we will send out updates once a term on how the Team is doing competitively as well as any other news that might be of interest to our alumni. There will also be information on some open competitions where current CUDT dancers will be participating, so that you can come, compete and catch up with your friends.

CDC AGM 2014-15

The Cambridge Dancers' Club Annual General Meeting will be held within our General Dancing session on Friday 12th June 2015. This is where you get to have your say about how the club is run. If you want to join the committee or apply for an executive role, please contact the CDC president.

Varsity 2014-15

This academic year's Varsity competition was held on Saturday 2nd May 2015 in Cambridge and won by Cambridge.

IVDC 2014-15

Congratulations to CUDT for winning the IVDC team match and good results for Cambridge dancers throughout the competition on 28th February 2015. You can read the CUDT's IVDC 2015 Match Report. There are also a few videos from the day.

Cuppers 2014-15

This academic year's Cuppers competition (held in the Michaelmas term) was won by a team from St.John's.

Future Ball Dates

Summer (Easter Term) 2015 = Friday 19th June
Winter (Michaelmas) 2015 = Thursday 3rd December
Spring (Lent Term) 2016 = Friday 4th March

CDC T-shirts

We still have some club T-shirts for sale - at £10 each. See a committee member (ideally at St.Columba's) to purchase one.

Mailing Lists

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.

Elsewhere

See our links page for other dance groups (with their own classes and events) and suppliers of dance equipment etc.

Non-CDC activities in the immediate space-time vicinity include:

  • There's a special salsa and bachata party on Saturday 13th June at the University Social Club from 7pm to 1am. Tickets are cheaper if you book before 31st May. A couple of our salsa teachers, Siru and Christos, will be there to help you have fun.
  • Ceroc 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.
  • There is both English and Scottish country dancing in town.
  • There will be a Tea Dance at the Guildhall on Wednesday 9th September from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Tea Dances of a similar nature occur regularly in many villages around Cambridge (eg out at Prickwillow). The next Cherry Hinton one is Thursday 4th June from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

Any dancers who are keen to be exploited by a TV company should contact Electric Ray. They are looking for amateur couples not professional competitors. They want a brief biography (eg how you met, what styles you dance) and a photo of each pair.

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