Cambridge Dancers' Club


We have reached the end of our summer holiday term of classes. Only our free General Dancing session on Fridays continues as normal outside term from 8:30pm to 10:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad) off Mill Lane. We will be starting the new 2014-5 academic year in October. The new timetable is nearly complete (there may be a few adjustments to come).

If you didn't manage to start dancing with us this term and can't wait until October, your best bet is to come along to General Dancing and introduce yourself. There are usually several people around who are willing to help beginners. The early part of the evening is the quietest and safest.

2014 Michaelmas Term Outline

Friday 26 September: a cabaret is occupying our usual GD spot in the grad.pad; so General Dancing will be at the Stoneyard Centre instead.

Friday 3 October: early-bird membership should be on sale at GD.

Tuesday 7 October: find us at the CUSU Freshers' Fair.

Wednesday 8 October: find us at the CUSU Freshers' Fair.

Thursday 9 October: free taster session from 9:00pm to 10:30pm at St.Columba's.

Friday 10 October: free taster session from 8:30pm to 9:30pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre (grad.pad) off Mill Lane.

Saturday 11 October: free taster sessions from 4:30pm to 6pm at St.Columba's in both the main hall and Gibson hall.

Sunday 12 October: team trials for the Cambridge University Dancesport Team in Parkside gym from 10am to 5pm. More details about the order of events will follow later. If you are at all interested in competing on behalf of the university then you should attend this, even if you're an absolute beginner.

Sunday 12 October: free taster session from 3pm to 4pm with the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll team in Parkside hall (ie the main building).

Monday 13 October: CDC classes start. Make sure you check the timetable, the venue list and our pricing structure; so you know in advance where to go, when to get there and what to bring.

Saturday 18 October: 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.

Monday 27 - Friday 31 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.

Saturday 1 November: free taster class (1pm) and £3 tea dance (2pm - 4pm) in the Upper Hall of the Stoneyard Centre. CDC membership is not required for this.

Saturday 15 November: Old Team New Team competition.

Friday 28 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 29 November: Nottingham Varsity ball.

Sunday 30 November: Warwick Varsity competition.

Monday 1 December: provisional date for the end-of-term ball.

Friday 5 December: CDC classes end.

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.

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:

  • 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 will be a Guildhall Tea Dance on Wednesday 29th October 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 2nd October from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

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