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.

Revision Notes

Revision notes are back for a select few classes during this summer term. The page also includes some examples of music suitable for the various dance styles, so that you can practise away from classes. There are even lists of tracks commonly played at GD on Friday evenings (eg for when you're trying to find something you heard there). It will also be possible to practise at the grad.pad on Saturday afternoon.

Timetable Change

Due to a lack of interest in anything much other than standard ballroom and latin, the second class slot on Saturday afternoon-evening will now be a recap of any of the improvers or (easy) intermediates routines from the first pair of Paul's Monday and Russell's Thursday classes which attendees specifically want to practise. There may also be enough practice space for a few people who don't need tuition. (£4 for tuition and £1 just to use the floor space.)


We always aim to offer a range of partner dancing styles - though not necessarily everything in every single term, depending on teacher availability and attendance levels (especially over the summer).

Easter term is over and we're now beginning our summer term timetable properly (with some classes having started slightly sooner than others!). The new beginners class is mostly for those who haven't danced before (or who missed a lot of classes). Those who were beginners throughout the Easter term should be improvers now. Previous improvers, who have been dancing with us for a couple of terms, should try the (easy) intermediates level but it's also OK to remain in improvers for further terms if that suits you better.

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.

The CUDT will also be running occasional dancesport workshops over the summer (eg June 16th and probably 2-3 July and 1-2 October). See the individual announcements for these.

There may be another special RnR crash course on Saturday August 13th from 4pm to 7pm.

Class Summary

Paul's Monday ballroom and latin classes will be compatible with dancesport technique, so CUDT subsidy will apply for team members who want to expand their range of figures and styles.

The Tuesday dancesport session is *not* limited to just CUDT and other competing members but attendees should already know what they want to practise since no tuition is provided.

Sacha's Wednesday salsa class is on-1 cuban with rueda. It's notionally at the improvers level; so any new beginners keen to join in will have to work with an assistant teacher on the side before joining the main group for the social sections of the class.

Russell's Thursday ballroom and latin classes are aimed at social dancers, sometimes introducing new material at a faster rate than competitive classes. Eg the improvers have just started some tango and the easy intermediates have just started some samba.

Friday General Dancing is for anyone and everyone to meet up and practise dancing together socially. It's completely free to attend. You don't even need CDC membership.

Saturday afternoon ballroom and latin beginners class is for complete beginners in the standard dances covered by the club. The class which follows will now be a recap of any of Paul's and Russell's improvers and easy intermediates routines which attendees want to practise.

We currently have just one Sunday evening dancesport practice session booked: 18:30 to 20:00 on 12th June in MR1 out at the University Sports Centre. Contact the usual committee representatives if you need more practice space.

Summer 2016 Term Outline

ie the things which differ from the basic timetable:

Week 4 (Sunday Jun.26 to Saturday Jul.02):
Wed. June 29 = the continuation of Sacha's salsa classes
Thu. June 30 = the continuation of Russell's B+L classes on a weekly basis

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):
Mon. July 18 = last of Paul's B+L classes in Parkside school gym
Tue. July 19 = last DS Practice from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Parkside school gym

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 Summer 2016 term is £15. 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 evening practices through most of June and July and possibly a few Sundays and/or extra evenings 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

CDC 2015-6 AGM

The CDC's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 4th June (at approx 9pm in the Main Dining Hall of the University Centre). Minutes will be available soon.

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.

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 15th September from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.
  • More local dance events can be found via meetup.

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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