Cambridge Dancers' Club


DanceSport Improvers:
If you are keen to expand on the range of dances you know (ie beyond waltz, cha-cha, quickstep and jive), try Paul's Wednesday 7:30pm B+L Intermediates. He will be able to introduce you to the other core dances. Eg rumba, foxtrot, samba, tango and perhaps even viennese. You might be able to fast-track into joining DS Intermediates next term.

All CDC members:
If you regularly attend more than one class per week and are committed to dancing, you might want to consider joining the CDC committee. Ask any door-duty person what this involves.

We are about to enter week 3 of our Lent 2015 term of classes. If you have friends you want to introduce to dancing, now is about the last week it's sensible to start as a beginner - especially in ballroom and latin. It becomes too hard for most people to catch up after that and it's then better to wait until next term. RnR is a slight exception because each week's figures tend to be relatively independent of previous ones and the teachers can always recap the basic footwork as a warm-up.

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Revision Notes

Revision notes are available for some of our classes. This page also includes examples of music suitable for the various dance styles, so that you can practise away from classes.


Happy New Year and welcome back all Cambridge Dancers! Our Lent term of classes is just starting, with a new set of beginners classes suitable for complete beginners (last term's beginners should move up to improvers). 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 haven't yet joined us for the 2014-5 academic year and want to do so then, to save time at classes or events, you might want to print off and complete a membership form in advance to bring with you. If you can't see the new timetable yet, that's because your browser has cached the old page.

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, continues outside term time. You do not need CDC membership to attend this, 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.

2015 Lent Term Outline

Week 3 (Monday 26th January to Friday 30th January): UEA Friendly DS Competition at Norwich on Saturday 31st.

Week 4 (Monday 2nd February to Friday 6th February): Tuesday 3rd DS Ballroom Practice will have to start in Parkside hall and transfer to the gym after the school's rowing competition has finished. Parking will also be even more of a problem than usual. Sheffield DS Competition is on Saturday 7th.

Week 5 (Monday 9th February to Friday 13th February): the delayed cross-body salsa and bachata classes begin. SUDC is on Saturday 14th.

Week 6 (Monday 16th February to Friday 20th February): is Parkside's half-term holiday. Some classes have to be moved or cancelled. Paul's Monday and Wednesday classes will be in the Stoneyard Centre. Tuesday Rock'n'Roll recap class and social will be in the University Centre. Tuesday and Friday Dancesport classes and practices will be at Hills Road 6th Form College. Thursday DanceSport Practice will be at St.John's College.

Week 7 (Monday 23rd February to Friday 27th February): ends with the IVDC on Saturday 28th in Blackpool.

Week 8 (Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March): there will be no GD when the cabaret takes our usual slot in the grad.pad on Friday.

Week 9 (Monday 9th March to Friday 13th March): last week of normal classes. Tuesday 10th March will be our end-of-term ball out at St.Ives (more details available later).

DanceSport Training

If you haven't been exercising over the holidays and you intend to take your dancing seriously, especially if you're planning to compete this term, then you should attend Paul's DanceSport Training class on Fridays. You don't need to be on the university team to be welcome, nor do you need to know any advanced dance steps for these sessions. It's all about core body strength, correct posture and framing, overall fitness levels and fleetness of foot.

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 of £25 per person, which covers access to any or all of them during that term, or a one-off price of £3 per person per session. Though, if you attend the Tuesday Latin 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.

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.

Cuppers 2014-15

This academic year's Cuppers competition (held in the Michaelmas term) was won by a team from St.John's.

Varsity 2014-15

This academic year's Varsity competition (held in the Easter term) will be on Sunday 3rd May 2015 in Cambridge.

CDC T-shirts

We still have some club T-shirts for sale - at £10 each. See a committee member (ideally at St.Columba's) to purchase one.

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.


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:

  • On Friday 13th February, from 7pm to 11pm, there's a Valentine's Day Ball at the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE. Tickets are £10.
  • There will be a 1940s Charity Ball on Saturday May 9th at Impington Village College. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.
  • 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 is both English and Scottish country dancing in town.
  • There will be a Tea Dance at the Guildhall on Wednesday 18th February 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 ones are Thursday 5th and 19th February from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

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