Cambridge Dancers' Club


Summer Ball

The CDC Summer Ball will be held on Friday 19th June from 7:30pm to midnight at The Burgess Hall in St.Ives. More details will follow later.

Tickets are on sale from committee members at normal classes and at General Dancing. The early-bird price in April or May is £18 for CDC members or £23 for non-members. In June the price will be £5 more. There's also a £7 surcharge for a place on one of the coaches there and back.


CDC Membership is exceptionally good value for a whole week's entertainment.

While it's too late to join the DanceSport team for *this* year's competition, for just £12 (from this term to the end of the academic year) you still get the chance to try out 5 different styles of dancing for free. You could try ballroom & latin on Monday, two completely different styles of rock and roll on Tuesday, cuban salsa on Wednesday and cross-body salsa on Thursday. Then on Friday you can join us for our free General Dancing social session. Plus there's a discount on ball tickets and occasionally a dance shop discount too.

If you find that you like what we do, subsequent lessons in any style are mostly just £3 each for members. It is still absolutely fine to join a class in week 2 of the term. The teachers do expect to have to recap the material from week 1.


Our Easter term of regular classes started on Monday 20th April. 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.

If you are interested in attending dance classes this term, 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.

A few of our classes are longer duration to get through more complex or combined material. This means they cost £5 rather than £3. Clive's Ballroom & Latin Intermediates class is now a long class. Paul and Russell already had some longer intermediate or advanced classes. Continental and Acrobatic Rock'n'Roll, both applicable to competitive RnR dancing, have been combined into a single long class this term.

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.

2015 Easter Term Outline

Week 2 (Monday 27th April to Friday 1st May): begins with Varsity trials for team selection, from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday 26th April in the main sports hall of the University Sports Centre, and ends with the Varsity competition against Oxford on Saturday 2nd May (hosted by Cambridge this year). So there are two extra DanceSport practices this week (in addition to the regularly timetabled ones). These are in SJC Palmerston Room on Monday from 20:30 to 22:30 and Wednesday from 18:00 to 20:00.

Week 3 (Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May): is somewhat disrupted. All classes are cancelled for the May Day bank holiday Monday and Russell's B+L classes on Thursday are cancelled for the election. Try Russell's Tuesday classes or Paul's Wednesday classes instead that week.

Week 4 (Monday 11th May to Friday 15th May).

Week 5 (Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May): is the last week of the regularly scheduled first part of our term. Only well-attended classes (where the teachers are also still available!) will continue into the half-term holiday and exam period. Please wait for further announcements from week 4.

Week 6 (Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May): is Parkside's half-term holiday and also starts with a bank holiday. Hence any classes we decide to continue into the latter part of term may have to be moved or cancelled for this week anyway.

Week 7 (Monday 1st June to Friday 5th June): is unknown territory but we'll at least be running General Dancing as usual.

Week 8 (Monday 8th June to Friday 12th June): is unknown territory but we'll at least be running General Dancing as usual. The club's AGM will also take place on Friday 12th June within GD.

Week 9 (Monday 15th June to Friday 19th June): is outside term time. Our end-of-term ball will be on Friday 19th June out at St.Ives. More details to follow later.

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.

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.

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 £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. The price for the partial (pre-exam) Easter term is £15.

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 AGM 2014-15

The Cambridge Dancers' Club Annual General Meeting will be held within our General Dancing session on Friday 19th June 2015. This is where you get to have your say about how the club is run. If you want to join the committee or apply for an executive role, please contact the CDC president.

Varsity 2014-15

This academic year's Varsity competition (held in the Easter term) will be on Saturday 2nd May 2015 in Cambridge.

IVDC 2014-15

Congratulations to CUDT for winning the IVDC team match and good results for Cambridge dancers throughout the competition on 28th February 2015. You can read the CUDT's IVDC 2015 Match Report. There are also a few videos from the day.

Cuppers 2014-15

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

Future Ball Dates

Summer (Easter Term) 2015 = Friday 19th June
Winter (Michaelmas) 2015 = Thursday 3rd December
Spring (Lent Term) 2016 = Friday 4th March

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:

  • Oxford University is holding a Salsa Ball on Friday 8th May. More details here.
  • There will be a 1940s Charity Ball on Saturday 9th May at Impington Village College. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.
  • 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.
  • 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 13th May 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 7th May from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

Any dancers who are keen to be exploited by a TV company should contact Electric Ray. They are looking for amateur couples not professional competitors. They want a brief biography (eg how you met, what styles you dance) and a photo of each pair.

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