Cambridge Dancers' Club
Apologies for the last minute cancellation of General Dancing on 28th February. The University Centre had booked a Cabaret on top of our regular Friday booking in the MDH without even bothering to tell us that we were being bounced. Having just double-checked with the staff there, they assure us that GD will now continue uninterrupted through the Easter holidays apart from Friday 18th April when the University Centre is closed.
Hollywood Star Ball
Cambridge Dancers' Club looks forward to welcoming you to The Hollywood Star Ball on Saturday the 8th of March. Doors open at 7pm. You will be welcomed by a cocktail reception upon arrival at The Guildhall and there will be drinks and nibbles to keep spirits high throughout.
The highlight of the evening will be a spectacular 10-Dance Ballroom & Latin show performed at 8:45pm by both British National Amateur Champions - Mark & Olga Elsbury and Ryan McShane & Ksenia Zsikhotska.
Live music will be brought to you by Ross Mitchell, His Band and Singers - world renowned for playing top quality strict tempo dance music. After midnight, the party can continue through the night if you opt in for the Guest List Special at Lola Lo's.
If you currently attend CDC Classes or General Dancing, you can purchase your tickets from the committee member on door duty. If not, you can fill in a reservation form online.
Tickets are priced as follows:
CDC Members Ticket: £30
Standard Ticket: £35
Group discount of £3 per ticket for bookings of 5 or more people.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Salsa Social Dancing
On Wednesday 12th March, there is some doubt whether the usual teacher will be back in Cambridge in time for the last set of classes of the term. So that whole evening in St.Columba's main hall is going to be a Salsa Social Party for just £3 per person - with L.A. Salsa people and even non-members welcome to come and practise alongside the regular Cuban Salsa students.
If you've never danced salsa before (or are bringing along a friend who hasn't), then please be there promptly for the 7:30pm start so that the people on the door have a chance to show you the basic footwork. Otherwise you are unlikely to have as much fun as everyone else. The evening will end at 10:30pm - or sooner if everyone is exhausted!
If Sacha does make it back on an earlier flight after all, he may decide to come and teach some salsa during the evening.
Rock'n'Roll Social Dancing
The next RnR Social will be Friday 28th March from 8pm to 10pm in the Gibson Hall at St.Columba's. (Facebook event page here.)
There's no official tuition at these events, just the opportunity to practise your steps with other RnR dancers. You get twice the usual class time for the same £3 class fee (which will be the same even for any non-member friends you might want to drag along).
The venue is not the largest of halls and there are no crash mats. So please be sensible and stick to basic figures - authentic and possibly continental style. No acrobatics.
Lent 2014 Classes
Our Lent term of classes began on Monday 13th January 2014. See the new timetable (and remember to refresh the page if you are still seeing the Michaelmas one instead). If you are not already a member but are planning to join us, you can print out and complete a membership form in advance of attending classes (and hence avoid any long queues).
We are now nearly at the end of the current term (Friday 14th March). So, if you haven't already started to learn to dance, you are better off waiting until next term (Tuesday 22nd April) with its new set of absolute beginners classes in every style. It would be very difficult (and disruptive to existing class members and the teachers) to join the ballroom and latin beginners classes this late in the term.
For existing class members, primarily Cambridge residents, there may be a few extra classes running into the Easter holidays.
The RnR Social has already been booked. Negotiations are underway for further Medals classes or practices (with or without Clive), a few more of Paul's Advanced Ballroom and Latin classes and perhaps even a couple of the RnR classes. So please watch this space for more details.
As ever, General Dancing on Fridays continues as normal (apart from Easter Friday).
The certificates and medal plaques for 2013 are available for collection at St.Columba's.
The current plan for next year is to hold the tests on Sunday 27th April 2014. If you would like to try for a dance qualification and are not already in Clive's class, check the example medal routines on the Revision Notes page to see which figures you know and what medal level you might be able to take.
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:
- Cambridge Cuban Salsa is operating the Thursday Salsa Social Club and the Sunday Salsa Lounge.
- 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.
- There will be Guildhall Tea Dances on Wednesday 19th March, 23rd April and 21st May.
- Tea Dances of a similar nature occur regularly in many villages around Cambridge (eg out at Prickwillow). The next Cherry Hinton ones are Thursday 6th and 20th March (1:30pm-4pm) in the Village Centre.