Cambridge Dancers' Club


CDC Christmas Ball

Our Christmas Ball will be held at the large Burgess Hall in St Ives on Thursday 3rd December from 7:30pm to midnight, with live music from The Umbrella Big Band and some fantastic demonstrations. The dress code is "black tie" (ie smart / formal).

Unlike a Cambridge College Ball, you don't need to bring a partner with you. Many people will swap around, asking various other people to dance with them, during the course of the evening - even without a teacher telling them to do so! It is much more like GD dialled way up to 11 - with drinks and snacks, some live music and demos, decorations, party clothes and party dances and many more hours of dancing fun.

Tickets are available for sale at classes. If you're not attending classes there's an online order form to use instead. You'll be added to the list for the coach (if you requested transport) and the list for entry on the door at the venue and won't need to pick up a ticket beforehand.

Tickets cost £20 per person for members until Sunday 29th November and £25 per person after that. There is a £5 surcharge for non-members and also a £5 surcharge if you want a place on our coach there and back. This will leave Queens Road, Cambridge (at the back of Queens' College) at 7pm and return at the end of the ball.

The last General Dancing mini-class (Friday 8:30pm at the grad.pad) before the ball will be the Sindy Swing. This is a CDC classic which we've been dancing incorrectly for decades ever since a pair of former teachers accidentally missed out a couple of steps. Bear this in mind if you ever dance it among non-CDC people.


Our Michaelmas 2015 term of classes started on Monday October 12th. We're now nearing the end of our term. Please don't try to join ballroom and latin and salsa classes if you've never danced anything similar before (although musicians do always have an inbuilt advantage if they can get someone to show them the basic steps in advance). There will be a new set of complete beginners classes next term for you to try. It's still quite OK to join our RnR classes as a complete beginner though, because the RnR dance figures are more independent of each other and you'll cover the basic footwork as a warm-up at the start of each class.

Make sure you check the timetable, the venue list and the pricing structure so you know where to go, when to get there and what to bring. If you turn up in the wrong week or on the wrong day or at the wrong venue, then you will be disappointed to find that the class isn't there! It also helps if you remember to bring the right money with you and, once you have one, your membership card for the year (eg to claim your free classes). You might want to print out and complete a membership registration form in advance to bring with you and save a bit of time in the queue at the class itself.

Michaelmas 2015 Term Outline

ie the things which differ from the basic timetable:

Week 7 (Sunday Nov.22 to Saturday Nov.28):
Sun. Nov.22 = Warwick DanceSport competition
Fri. Nov.27 = 8:30pm free mini-class at GD = Sindy Swing

Week 8 (Sunday Nov.29 to Saturday Dec.5), last week of normal classes:
Sun. Nov.29 = Nottingham DanceSport competition, no DS practice
Thu. Dec.3 = CDC winter ball at Burgess Hall in St.Ives
Thu. Dec.3 = no normal classes or practices on ball night
Fri. Dec.4 = no General Dancing because the grad.pad has an event
Sat. Dec.5 = free RnR xmas social (like General Dancing but with more RnR!)

Week 9 (Sunday Dec.6 to Saturday Dec.12), no normal classes:
some chance of further DS practices (to be arranged)
Fri. Dec.11 = extreme danger of xmas music at General Dancing

Week 10 (Sunday Dec.13 to Saturday Dec.19), haven't you gone home yet?!:
some chance of further DS practices (to be arranged)
Fri. Dec.18 = extreme danger of xmas music at General Dancing

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. There are even lists of tracks commonly played at GD (eg for when you're trying to find something you heard there).

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 Filip).

The subscription price for the Michaelmas term is £15. Or you may pay a singleton £5 price per practice if you prefer. There will be regular Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening practices throughout term and possibly a few extra ones at the end of term.

Music will be played as appropriate during the sessions, typically latin american for the first hour then modern ballroom. Any RnR (or salsa!) people attending may prefer to bring their own tracks and co-ordinate with Filip for these to be played when they want a complete run-through of a dance.

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.

If you want a special dance played which we don't normally include on a regular basis, eg RnR or salsa or paso doble or one of the sequence/party dances, then just ask. Though, to get a particular track, you may need to bring your own CD or MP3 player.

Private Lessons

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.

CDC Committee

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.


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 1st March 2015, then you can join the Cambridge University Beginners' DanceSport Team. Note that, for dancesport purposes, Anglia Ruskin students count as Cambridge students. If you're interested but have other questions about eligibility etc then contact the CUDT Beginners' Captain Rachel at

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! For more information, please contact CUDT Captain Kien and Vice-Captain Chi-Hé at

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, Fil, at

Competitive Rock'n'Roll

Anyone is welcome to join the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team. For more information contact the CURnR Captains, Asia and Geoff, at

Future Ball Dates

Winter (Michaelmas) 2015 = Thursday 3rd December at the Burgess Hall in St Ives
Spring (Lent Term) 2016 = Saturday 12th March at the Burgess Hall in St Ives
Summer (Easter Term) 2016 = TBA

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.

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 version.


Cambridge Cuban Salsa are having a xmas salsa party on Saturday 12th December from 8:30pm at Salisbury Conservative Working Mens Club, 272 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 3NF. Note that this is *not* the same venue as their Thursday and Sunday classes. The price on the door is £8.

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 and on Wednesdays & Fridays at the USC.
  • There is English, Scottish, Irish and American folk/country dancing in town plus morris and molly dancing.
  • There will be a Tea Dance at the Guildhall on Wednesday 16th December from 1pm to 4pm. This is 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). The next Cherry Hinton one is Thursday 3rd December from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.
  • More local dance events can be found via meetup.

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