Cambridge Dancers' Club
The CDC Spring Ball will be held on Tuesday 10th March
The Burgess Hall in St.Ives.
There will be live music from Cambridge University's own
Fitz Swing Band
and a dance demonstration from some of CUDT's finest.
Tickets will be on sale from committee members at normal classes and at General Dancing on Friday. The price in March is £28 with a £5 discount for CDC members and a £7 surcharge for a place on one of the coaches there and back. CDC ball coaches usually leave (soon after 7pm) from the coach park at the back of Queens College.
To arrange to purchase tickets another way, contact the CDC president.
Congratulations to CUDT for winning the IVDC team match and good results for Cambridge dancers throughout.
From next week, Wednesday's DanceSport Improvers class and B+L Intermediates class are cancelled. Instead we will be running an open DS Latin practice from 6pm to 8:30pm. If you already have a practice subscription for the term, these are included in that. If you want to attend an individual evening practice, the price is £3. Wednesday's B+L Beginners class will follow as normal at 8:30pm.
We are now over halfway through our Lent 2015 term of classes. 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. RnR is a slight exception because each week's figures tend to be relatively independent of previous ones and the teachers can always recap the basic footwork as a warm-up. Also Cross-body Salsa and Bachata have just restarted for this term and are open to new beginners wanting to try these styles.
If you regularly attend more than one class per week and are committed to dancing, you might want to consider joining the CDC committee. Ask any door-duty person what this involves.
2015 Lent Term Outline
Week 8 (Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March): There will be a brief team repartnering session at the start of Tuesday's DanceSport practice (17:45 to 18:45) to prepare for Varsity next term. Wednesday's DanceSport Improvers class and B+L Intermediates class are cancelled. Instead there will be an extra DS Latin practice in Parkside Hall on Wednesday from 18:00 to 20:30 with the option to continue the repartnering process. There will be no GD when the cabaret takes our usual slot in the grad.pad on Friday 6th March; but we'll be there at the usual time on Saturday 7th March instead.
Week 9 (Monday 9th March to Friday 13th March): last week of normal classes. Tuesday 10th March will be our end-of-term ball out at St.Ives (more details at the top of this page). Tuesday's ballroom and latin and dancesport classes are cancelled. A shorter DS practice will be followed by the RnR classes in Parkside gym. There will be an extra DS Latin practice in Parkside Hall on Wednesday from 18:00 to 20:30. There will be a RnR recap class at 20:00 and social from 21:00 to 22:30 on Friday in the Gibson hall at St.Columba's.
Week 10 (Monday 16th March to Friday 20th March): is technically outside of our term time but, for those of you still in Cambridge, we have a couple more DanceSport practice sessions in Parkside gym - viz 18:10 to 21:40 on Monday and 17:45 to 21:45 on Tuesday. If you've already paid your termly subscription, these dates are included in that. If you want to come to a one-off evening practice, the price is £3.
Revision notes are available for some of our classes. This page also includes 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. GD sessions continue even outside term time. 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 of £25 per person, which covers access to any or all of them during that term, or a one-off price of £3 per person per session. 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.
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.
This academic year's Cuppers competition (held in the Michaelmas term) was won by a team from St.John's.
This academic year's Varsity competition (held in the Easter term) will be on Sunday 3rd May 2015 in Cambridge.
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We still have some club T-shirts for sale - at £10 each. See a committee member (ideally at St.Columba's) to purchase one.
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.
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 will be a 1940s Charity Ball on Saturday May 9th at Impington Village College. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.
- 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 18th March 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 ones are Thursday 5th and 19th March from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.