Cambridge Dancers' Club


Dancing is the best exercise (NHS, WebMD, BBC) for body and mind. So why not try it for yourself? We offer a range of different dance styles in our club (and have a wide variety of members!) but, even if we don't have anything in our current line-up which interests you, there are plenty of other organisations around with further dance options you could try.

AGM + end-of-term party

The CDC's Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 4th June in the Main Dining Hall (MDH) of the University Centre (grad.pad). We really do need input from interested CDC members on how you want *your* club to be run. This includes needing people to volunteer to be on committee and even take executive roles - ie running the club for the upcoming year.

Since we have been unable to arrange a summer ball this year, we will be combining the AGM with an end-of-term party. Unlike the big budget balls, this is free and you won't need a ticket to attend but you will need club membership (currently £12) in order to have a say and vote at the AGM. Anyone who wants to get some extra dancing time should be there from 7pm. The AGM component of the evening will have to start promptly by 9pm in order not to overrun the grad.pad's closing time.


We're now entering the final week (#6) of our Easter 2016 Term. As usual, we will only be offering a reduced range of classes over the summer. The timetable for that will go up in June.

Those who were beginners in one term should be improvers the next term. We have more options for ballroom and latin than other styles, with the full progression being: Beginners → (New) Improvers → (Easy) Intermediates → Advanced.

Improvers often prefer to remain at that level for more than one term but we sometimes have an Easy Intermediates level too for those who feel ready to tackle some slightly harder dances and dance figures. Those who have been dancing for much more than a year should try an Intermediates class. At that level you should also be considering joining the dancesport practices - especially if you do happen to have a compatible partner from classes with whom you can practise your routines.

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.

Although we were finally forced to increase our class fees at the start of this year, to cope with the rapidly increasing cost of hiring venues, we have been allowing people to combine 2 adjacent short classes into 1 long class (ie at a slight discount) to help those people who like to use one class as a warm-up for the next or those who are transitioning between levels of difficulty (eg if they are unsure which class level will best suit them) or even those who are merely accompanying a friend to one class while intending to take the next one seriously.

Easter 2016 Term Outline

ie the things which differ from the basic timetable:

Week 6 (Sunday May 22 to Saturday May 28), last week of many classes:
Mon. May 23 = no DS Improvers class - try B+L Improvers or even DS Intermediates

Summer 2016 Term Outline

We will run some dancesport practices throughout the summer holidays for keen resident members. There will also be a reduced set of classes for some weeks in June and July - depending on teacher and venue availability and which ones have more resident attendees. However, we always need committee volunteers to run these. So, if you want your class to be picked for the summer, it's up to you to volunteer to help out on the CDC committee.

The current plans include:
Monday = Ballroom and Latin with Paul in Parkside Gym (6pm Improvers, 7pm Intermediates, 8pm Advanced)
Tuesday = DanceSport Practice in Parkside Gym (initially from 6:30pm and then from 7:30pm to 9:30pm)
Thursday = Ballroom and Latin with Russell in St.Columba's (6pm Improvers, 7pm Easy Intermediates, 8:30pm Intermediates)
Friday = General Dancing in the grad.pad MDH from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Week 0 (Sunday May 29 to Saturday Jun.04), out of term for exam period:
Mon. May 30 = Bank Holiday and start of school half-term break
Thu. June 02 = possibly the first of Russell's B+L classes

Week 1 (Sunday Jun.05 to Saturday Jun.11):
Mon. June 06 = Paul's summer classes start
Tue. June 07 = DS Practice from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Thu. June 09 = no B+L classes while Russell is away

Week 2 (Sunday Jun.12 to Saturday Jun.18):
Tue. June 14 = DS Practice from 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Week 3 (Sunday Jun.19 to Saturday Jun.25):
Tue. June 21 = DS Practice from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Thu. June 23 = no B+L classes because of the EU voting

Week 4 (Sunday Jun.26 to Saturday Jul.02):

Week 5 (Sunday Jul.03 to Saturday Jul.09):

Week 6 (Sunday Jul.10 to Saturday Jul.16):

Week 7 (Sunday Jul.17 to Saturday Jul.23):

General Dancing

Our General Dancing sessions on Friday evenings, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad), are intended to be for everyone to practise together in a friendly social environment. It's completely free to attend GD, whether you want to dance or merely to watch. You don't need a fixed practice partner and you don't need CDC membership either. Eg some ex-members return from time to time and people also bring visitors and family along.

There's usually no official tuition at these social events but there are typically several experienced dancers around who are willing to show beginners (or improvers) a few steps - though obviously you'll gain more benefit by attending proper classes too! You can try dancing with different people during the evening or stick with your one special partner as you wish. So do come along and introduce yourself to the regulars.

During term-time, 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 new intake to start to integrate fully in the social side of the club and/or practise their routines outside the class situation. But GD continues outside academic term times into the holidays - apart from national holidays (when the building itself is closed).

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 shorter Easter 2016 term is £10. Or you may pay a singleton £5 price per practice if you prefer (eg if you have dancing friends just visiting Cambridge once). 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, then you can join the Cambridge University Beginners' DanceSport Team. The main contest period runs from Michaelmas to the end of Lent, so anyone starting in the Easter or Summer terms would be in the next year's team. Note that, for dancesport purposes, Anglia Ruskin students count as Cambridge students. If you're interested in competing but have other questions about eligibility etc then contact the CUDT Beginners' Captain 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! The main auditions are at the start of the Michaelmas term for places on several teams. For more information, please contact the CUDT Captain(s) 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

Varsity Competition 2015-16

This academic year's Varsity DanceSport competition against Oxford was held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at the Iffley Road Sports Centre, OX4 1EQ. Cambridge University was victorious once again. Congratulations CUDT!

Cuppers Competition

Cuppers 2015-6 was fairly decisively won by the Trinity A team. Many thanks to our judges and scrutineer team.

Someone left behind their DSI trousers. Someone else left behind an exotic grey jumper. Another person or couple left behind their self-assembly trophy eggs and gold medal bunnies. These things will be making their way back to the CDC cupboard at St.Columba's and can be collected from committee there (or possibly by separate arrangement elsewhere).

Future Ball Dates

Summer (Easter Term) 2016 = now being replaced by an in-town end-of-term party

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 or modified version. Our system can only recognise the information you gave it. If you no longer have access to that email address then you'll need to request a manual removal.


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, Wednesdays & Fridays at the USC and Thursdays at OLEM Parish Centre.
  • There is English, Scottish, Irish and American folk/country dancing in town plus morris and molly dancing.
  • The next Tea Dance at the Guildhall will be on Wednesday 21st September from 1pm to 4pm. This features 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 2nd June from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.
  • More local dance events can be found via meetup.

Portsmouth Uni people have started a petition to get dance included in the British Universities & Colleges Sport list of sports.

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. Judging by previous respondants, this takes about 30 minutes to complete. So please only start it when you think you have time to finish it. For more details see the ARU website.

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