Cambridge Dancers' Club


Darwin Day / Valentine's Day Party

Join us at General Dancing on Friday 12th February (8:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre) for a loved-up evening of seasonal music and dancing. There'll be sweets and heart-shaped balloons (as long as you inflate one yourself!). If you want to dress appropriately for the occasion (eg red/pink or a monkey suit!) then that's good too.

Classes for Lent 2016

Our Lent term started on Monday 11th January (and ends Friday 11th March) and it's now too hard for most complete beginners to join existing classes and catch up. The exceptions are DanceFit (always open) and RnR (if you arrange to come to the social half hour beforehand and beg the committee members to show you the basics) and the special late-starting beginners class in ballroom and latin on Mondays at 8pm.

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.

Timetable Changes

NEW Ballroom & Latin Beginners Class

Due to requests for (a) a later evening beginners option and (b) a late-starting beginners class (for people who didn't join at the start of term), we're opening a new ballroom & latin beginners class on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm at St.Columba's, starting 8th February (replacing Clive's gold medal intermediates class).

This new late-starting ballroom & latin beginners class will be suitable for complete beginners who have never danced before but will also be able to accommodate anyone who is struggling with existing beginners classes (either because of the time-slot or the content) or those who simply want the extra practice.

No more Friday Classes this term

Since our teacher, Paul Walker, will be accompanying the dancesport team to out-of-town competitions for the latter part of this term, there will be no more B+L Improvers or DS Improvers classes in Parkside Hall this term.

DanceFit Classes

This term's exciting new addition to the CDC timetable is a DanceFit class, at 7:30pm on Tuesday evenings in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall, which is aimed at anyone from complete beginners to those wanting to refine their technique. It's all about the rhythms and the footwork, not the leading and following nor accumulating any complex choreography. So you don't need to worry about a partner at all nor memorise a long routine. This also makes it very suitable for late starters who would struggle in normal classes and even for those who just want the exercise to work off some of those holiday calories.

General Dancing

Our General Dancing sessions on Friday evenings are intended to be for everyone to practise together in a friendly social environment. It's completely free to attend GD, even for non-members of the club. So some ex-members return from time to time and people do bring visitors and family along. You can try dancing with different people or stick with your one special partner as you wish. The first half hour will concentrate on beginners dances (pairs of waltz, quickstep, cha-cha and jive tracks with some rumba and social foxtrot) to allow this year's intake to start to integrate fully in the social side of the club and/or practise their routines outside the class situation.

Lent 2016 Term Outline

ie the things which differ from the basic timetable:

Week 5 (Sunday Feb.07 to Saturday Feb.13): new ballroom & latin beginners class at 8pm on Mondays for this term's late-starters
Fri. Feb.12 = Darwin Day (some danger of silly music at GD)
Sat. Feb.13 = Southern Universities Dancesport Competition at Cardiff

Week 6 (Sunday Feb.14 to Saturday Feb.20), school half-term holiday disruption:
Paul's Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes will be in the Stoneyard Centre;
Tuesday and Thursday dancesport ballroom practices will be in Hills Road 6th.

Week 7 (Sunday Feb.21 to Saturday Feb.27):
Sat. Feb.27 = InterVarsity Dancesport Competition in Blackpool

Week 8 (Sunday Feb.28 to Saturday Mar.05):
Sat. Mar.5 = probable date for Cuppers and Spring Fling (in lieu of a big ball)

Week 9 (Sunday Mar.06 to Saturday Mar.12), last week of normal classes:

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 Lent 2016 term is £20. Or you may pay a singleton £5 price per practice if you prefer (eg if you have dancing friends just visiting Cambridge for one week). 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 favouring latin american in the smaller venues and modern ballroom in the larger ones. That doesn't mean you can't practise different dances at a particular session. You just need to be considerate of other users of the space. Any RnR (or salsa!) people attending a public practice 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 at GD 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. To get a particular track version, though, you may need to bring your own CD or MP3 device.

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

Spring (Lent Term) 2016 = now being replaced by an in-town end-of-term party
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.


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 17th February 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 March from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.
  • More local dance events can be found via meetup.

The Psychology Department of Anglia Ruskin University would like volunteers for a Body Image And Dance study. Participants fill in a confidential online survey questionnaire. For more details see the ARU website.

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