Cambridge Dancers' Club

Announcements

Welcome all Cambridge dancers - new and old. Our 2014-5 academic year is just starting. The Michaelmas term of classes began on Monday 13th October. 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. To save time at classes or events, you might want to print off and complete a membership form in advance.

Unfortunately, this term we have to work around a lot of other one-off events at the venues we use. Where possible, our classes have already been rescheduled but keep an eye on this space for reminders and updates about class changes each week.

DanceSport Beginners:

We are delighted that so many of you want to try DanceSport this year but there are quite a lot of you, even for our largest venues to handle. This means we need all of you to be extra careful on the floor and very fair in taking turns during run-throughs of the choreography.

We are also re-purposing team coach Paul Walker's Wednesday 6pm class as a combined DanceSport Ballroom and Latin Beginners overflow class. Leaders (mostly men) are encouraged to attend any or all DS Beginners classes, while followers (mostly women at the moment) can subdivide themselves between the two to get a better chance of having more turns on the dancefloor.

Paul will be concentrating on covering a mixture of the 4 core competition dances for beginners: waltz, cha-cha, quickstep and jive.

We also have a one-off extra DanceSport Beginners class on Friday 31st October, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the main hall at Hills Road 6th Form College - before DanceSport Training (which is suitable for beginners too). This will again be taught by team coach Paul Walker and he'll be attempting to cover anything which didn't fit into the smaller hall earlier in the week. So, if you felt rather cramped at the Stoneyard Centre, this is your chance to stretch out a bit with the choreography.

2014 Michaelmas Term Outline

Week 3 (Monday 27th October to Friday 31st October): Parkside's half-term holiday. Many more CDC classes and practices have to be cancelled or relocated to other venues - sometimes at a slightly different time-slot. Please read the timetable carefully.

On Monday, Paul's classes will be in the upper hall of the Stoneyard Centre. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we are graciously being permitted to use Parkside as normal. On Thursday, DS Practice will be in the Palmerston Room at St.John's College. On Friday, there's an extra DanceSport Beginners class at 6:30pm followed by DS Training at 7:30pm in the hall at Hills Road 6th Form College and DS Practice will be split between Hills Road 6th (8:30pm) and St.John's College (6pm).

From Tuesday 28th October to Saturday 1st November, Attitude Dancewear Supplies (25 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1NW) are offering CDC members a 20% discount off Dancesport shoes, clothing and accessories. Please show them your 2014-5 membership card.

Friday 31st October: there is a high probability of Halloween music being played at General Dancing. If you feel inspired to come in costume, then please do.

Saturday 1st November: free taster class (1:30pm) and £3 tea dance (2:30pm - 4:30pm) in the Upper Hall of the Stoneyard Centre. CDC membership is not required for this. If you haven't danced before, this is your last chance to join ongoing beginners classes this term or you will be too far behind the rest of the attendees.

Week 4 (Monday 3rd November to Friday 7th November): Parkside is closed on Tuesday. RnR will be in the hall at St.Paul's School (7pm Authentic, 8pm Continental and 9pm Social, no Acrobatic). DS Ballroom practice will be in the Palmerston Room at St.John's College. DS Latin classes will be in the main dining hall of the grad.pad.

From Thursday 6th November onwards, cross-body salsa improvers will be switching to Bachata in an attempt to provide more dance opportunities which interest our membership.

Week 5 (Monday 10th November to Friday 14th November): on Wednesday 12th Parkside has a book-signing event in the hall. Paul's ballroom and latin classes will either be cancelled or moved.

Saturday 15th November: Old Team New Team competition.

Week 6 (Monday 17th November to Friday 21st November): no known changes.

Week 7 (Monday 24th November to Friday 28th November)

Friday 28th November: a cabaret will once again be occupying our usual GD spot in the grad.pad and General Dancing will either be cancelled or relocated to the Stoneyard Centre instead.

Saturday 29th November: Nottingham Varsity ball.

Sunday 30th November: Warwick Varsity competition.

Week 8 (Monday 1st December to Friday 5th December)

Thursday 4th December: provisional date for the end-of-term ball (out at St.Ives).

Friday 5th December: CDC classes end.

DanceSport Practices

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 for a private lesson on a Sunday.

Medals Tests

The 2014 tests took place on Sunday 27th April 2014. The score sheets, certificates and medal plaques are available for collection at St.Columba's.

If you would like to try for a dance qualification and are not already attending Clive's classes, check the example medal routines on the Revision Notes page to see which figures you know and what medal level you might be able to take.

It is also quite OK to attend medals classes without taking the exam!

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.

Elsewhere

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:

  • 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 12th November 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 6th and 20th November from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

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