Cambridge Dancers' Club

Announcements

Classes

We are currently outside term time. Only our free General Dancing sessions continue as normal on Friday evenings, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm, in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad) off Mill Lane, near the river. This is mostly for ballroom and latin dancing but attendees may request other styles too (eg salsa, RnR, sequence / party dances).

If you are interested in attending dance classes with us next term, the Michaelmas 2015 timetable will start in October.

Dance Practice Sessions

We have 3 practice sessions booked for Saturday 1:30pm to 3:30pm on August 15th, 22nd and 29th in the Multipurpose Room studios out at the University Sports Centre. Some weekday evening ones are planned for September. 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 this end portion of the Summer term is £20. Or you may pay a singleton £5 price per practice if you prefer.

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.

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.

Summer Rock'n'Roll Social Practices

We will have some practice rock & roll sessions on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm on on 1st to 22nd September. The venue for these is Ross Street Community Centre, off Mill Road, CB1 3UZ. The price is only £2 a session.

We hope lots of you can come along and join in! It's a chance to practise the figures you've already learned and, if you can't remember anything, don't worry! There will be plenty of friendly people to teach you a few moves. There's a small car park at the venue and on-street parking. You can even bring your own tunes on i-pod if you like!

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.

Future Ball Dates

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

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:

  • 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.
  • 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 3rd September from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

Any dancers who are keen to be exploited by Thames TV for Britain's Got Talent should email Jennifer Garton or telephone 0207 6916820. The show's casting team will be in Cambridge on September 1st and 2nd to conduct very brief casting auditions.

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