Cambridge Dancers' Club
People who are still struggling to find our classes should pay special attention to the fact that the University Centre (grad.pad) is not the same building as the University Social Club (USC) - although both of them are on Mill Lane, near the river. Similarly, St.Columba's and Gibson halls (part of the United Reformed Church complex) are not the same venue as the Stoneyard Centre (part of the St.Andrew's Baptist Church) - although the buildings do nearly back onto each other.
This Tuesday, 7th July, Guido and Cristina will be at Ross Street Community Centre from 7pm to 8pm to teach a Rock'n'Roll class instead of just having a RnR social dancing session.
There's no Cuban Salsa on Wednesday 8th July while Sacha is away.
Note that club membership for the summer term is just £8 - the same as our non-member class fee - and that it still includes your first class of each remaining dance style for free. Be aware that our class fees are rising from Michaelmas 2015 though.
If you are interested in attending dance classes this term, starting Monday 22nd June, make sure you check the timetable, the venue list and our pricing structure; so you know where to go, when to get there and what to bring. If you're not already a member of the CDC, you might want to print out and complete a membership registration form in advance to save a bit of time in the queue at the class itself. Existing members should please remember to bring their current membership cards with them.
2015 Summer Term Outline (Monday 22nd June onwards)
We are running a reduced set of classes for part of the summer. Please check the new timetable. If you are still seeing an out-of-date timetable now it will be because your browser has cached the old page. Try clearing the cache or using a different browser.
These classes will mostly take place in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad) where you will need to help us clear away the chairs and tables at the start and replace them at the end of the session. The amount of extra free practice time you get after the taught component of the class depends upon your speediness in doing this!
DanceSport Practices are only suitable for those who are able to train themselves as no formal instruction is provided. Those attending Ballroom & Latin Practice on Monday may receive a little help if they ask.
Monday: B+L (Medals) Practice from 6:30pm to 8pm in
on 22nd & 29th June and 6th July, member price £5 or £10 for the set of three.
Monday: Paul's DS Intermediates combined with B+L Advanced from 8:30pm at the grad.pad, starts 22nd June, member price £5.
Tuesday: DS practice from 7pm to 9pm in the University Sports Centre hall, price £5 (or £25 termly subscription for all DS practices).
Tuesday: RnR social practice only from 7pm at Ross Street Community Centre, starts 23rd June, price £2.
Wednesday: Sacha's Cuban Salsa (last term's beginners joining the improvers) from 8:30pm at the grad.pad, starting on 24th June but missing 8th July, member price £5.
Thursday: DS practice from 8pm to 10pm in the University Sports Centre hall, price £5 (or £25 termly subscription for all DS practices).
Friday: General Dancing (B+L all levels) from 8:30pm at the grad.pad, free to everyone!
Saturday: new Ballroom & Latin Beginners with CDC committee volunteers from 7:30pm at the grad.pad, starts 27th June, member price £5.
2015 Medals Tests
The next medals tests will be held in the afternoon of Sunday 12th July 2015 out at Arbury Community Centre.
If you would like to try for a dance qualification and are not already attending Clive's classes, 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.
Note that if you have your own partner and routine, then you don't need to stick to the specific class routines to take the exam. Treat them instead as a guideline for the level of figures you would need to present.
The paperwork for these exams has to be created before the test day. So if you want to take a medal test and have not already signed up, please contact the CDC VP Classes.
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 5 weekly practice rock & roll sessions on Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm starting 23rd June (last one is 21st July). 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!
RnR Acrobatic Workshop
Cambridge University RnR Team are collaborating with Oxford to hold
an Acrobatic RnR workshop on Sunday 12th July. More details are available on
the event webpage.
Contact CURnR if you are interested in them running anything in Cambridge itself over the summer.
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 £5 per person per session. Though, if you attend a 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 Summer term is £25.
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 Workshops
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. For many of these you don't need to have a designated partner. 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.
Current dates to save are:
* August Sat.8th & Sun.9th, 10am to 1pm = workshops with Morgan & Richard in the main hall at the University Sports Centre.
Summer Ballroom workshop with Morgan Hemphill and Richard Still
As an exciting summer dance opportunity, CDC is organising training sessions on the 8th & 9th of August with Richard and Morgan - the current UK Professional 10-dance champions. There will be 2 ballroom workshops, from 10am to noon at the University Sports Centre, with private lessons in the afternoon.
Day 1: "It all comes from the feet!" is something you have probably heard your dance teachers saying a lot. This is why the topic of the first day of the workshop will be about base actions. This is the use of feet, ankles, knees, legs and hips to create beautiful movement.
Day 2: Beautiful dancing requires us to use and move the whole body in coordination and harmony with our partner. On day two of the workshop we shall learn how we develop beautiful shaping in the upper body from the base actions we learned about in day one. We shall learn how this helps us move together dynamically, both across the floor and in line figures.
To reserve a place at the workshop, email Kim stating: your names, whether you want a private lesson (and with Richard or Morgan), which workshop you prefer and whether you're interested in a dinner/BBQ with Richard and Morgan on Saturday evening. There are 40 places for each workshop. If there are too many people signing up we will have to divide up the numbers.
The workshop is £18 per person per day. Payment has to be made in advance by the 14th of July (and any cancellations must occur before the 28th of July).
Future Ball Dates
Winter (Michaelmas) 2015 = Thursday 3rd December
Spring (Lent Term) 2016 = Friday 4th March
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:
- The Cuban Salsa people are running an AfroSalsa Festival on the weekend of 11th and 12th July.
- 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 6th August from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.