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.
Bank Holiday & Election Day
A couple of our venues are unavailable on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May and one is being used as a polling station on Thursday 5th May. Clive's and Russell's ballroom & latin classes are cancelled on those days. Two of Paul's Monday classes will be held in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall but at a later time than usual (7:50pm DS Improvers, 8:50pm B+L Advanced). If you don't want to miss out on classes entirely that week, try a close alternative instead.
Clive's improvers and intermediates could try Paul's DanceSport Improvers class, which will start at approximately 7:50pm in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall. This group is at a roughly similar level but uses competitive styling. You may even have a free dancesport slot left on your membership card. Otherwise Paul also has suitable classes on Wednesday and Friday.
Paul's DanceSport Intermediates could join his advanced ballroom and latin group from approximately 8:50pm in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall. It's nominally a longer class but your CUDT discount will still apply.
Clive's beginners continuation class can choose between Russell's New Improvers on Tuesday (if you're finding dancing easy and remember some quickstep and jive from last term) or Paul's beginners classes on Wednesday or Friday (if you're only at the waltz and cha-cha stage).
Russell's Thursday classes should find his matching set of classes on the Tuesday evening are at very much the same levels at the same times. Otherwise, Paul also has ballroom & latin improvers and intermediates classes. Or you could even try some cross-body salsa for a change!
It's better not to leave your belongings behind at venues at all! However, St.Andrew's (Stoneyard Centre) have now amassed a huge collection of lost property and will be taking it along to a charity shop in the next couple of weeks if people don't come in to retrieve their items. The collection includes clothing, bags, umbrellas, drinking flasks, a mobile phone, a watch, a diary and much more.
We're now entering week 3 of our Easter 2016 Term - and it's getting quite difficult to catch up as a complete beginner if you haven't done any dancing before (though musicians do always have an advantage). So, unless you're prepared to put in the extra effort, it's probably best to wait until next term. Returning dancers can of course still fit into existing classes at the appropriate level.
Those who were beginners last term should be improvers this term. We have more options for ballroom and latin than other styles, with the full progression being: Beginners → (New) Improvers → (Easy) Intermediates → Advanced. If you're only just leaving beginners, started late last term or had to skip several classes, then you might want to go to Monday's beginner-improver continuation or the New Improvers classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. You could even re-join a beginners course once we're a couple of weeks into term.
Improvers often prefer to remain at that level for more than one term but we have an Easy Intermediates level on Tuesday and Thursday 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.
Tuesday 9:30pm late night ballroom and latin improvers class has plenty of spare space for anyone who feels they need special attention from Russell.
Wednesday 7pm ballroom and latin intermediates class could use a couple more ladies / followers.
Thursday 6pm ballroom and latin improvers class could use a couple more men / leaders.
Friday 7pm ballroom and latin improvers class has plenty of spare space for anyone who feels they need special attention from Paul - including any dancesport improvers.
Easter 2016 Term Outline
ie the things which differ from the basic timetable:
Week 3 (Sunday May 01 to Saturday May 07):
Mon. May 02 = Bank Holiday disruption. Only Paul has classes - but in the Stoneyard Centre.
Thu. May 05 = election disruption. No B+L classes just DS practice. Salsa is in the Stoneyard Centre.
Sat. May 07 = extra DS practice from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the Sports Centre MR1.
Week 4 (Sunday May 08 to Saturday May 14):
Fri. May 13 = high probability of silly music at General Dancing
Fri. May 13 = special RnR crash course from 7pm to 10pm in the Stoneyard Centre
Sat. May 14 = special RnR crash course from 4pm to 7pm in the grad.pad MDH
Sat. May 14 = Varsity Competition in Oxford (from 10:30am)
Week 5 (Sunday May 15 to Saturday May 21):
Thu. May 19 = no cross-body salsa classes due to teacher absence
Week 6 (Sunday May 22 to Saturday May 28), last week of many classes
Week 7 (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
Week 8 (Sunday Jun.05 to Saturday Jun.11), out-of-term DS practices may resume:
Summer 2016 Term Outline
We will be attempting to run dancesport practices throughout the summer holidays for keen resident members. There may also be a reduced set of classes for some weeks (possibly from the end of June through 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Anyone is welcome to join the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team. For more information contact the CURnR Captains, Asia and Geoff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Varsity Competition 2015-16
This academic year's Varsity competition will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016 at the Iffley Road Sports Centre, OX4 1EQ. Contact the DanceSport Team captain(s) if you want to be included.
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 = TBA
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.
- There will be a Tea Dance at the Guildhall on Wednesday 18th May 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 2nd June from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.
- More local dance events can be found via meetup.
|The Umbrella Big Band will be performing for a ballroom dancing event on Saturday 14th May out at Hiam Sports and Social Club.|
|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.|