Cambridge Dancers' Club


Paul's Wednesday evening classes are changing again.

We still have a lot of fabulously keen DanceSport Beginners, so the first class of the evening will now be an extra long one (£5), from 6pm to 7:40pm, to give them a chance to cover all 4 of the beginners competition dances.

Ballroom and Latin Improvers is cancelled for the rest of term. Any improvers who can't attend classes on another night should try joining the Ballroom and Latin Beginners class at the end of the evening - because that group would be improvers at the start of next term anyway.

Ballroom and Latin Intermediates will start slightly earlier and be a full hour running from 7:40pm to 8:40pm.

Ballroom and Latin Beginners will similarly run from 8:40pm to 9:40pm.

DanceSport Training at 7:30pm on Friday evenings is cancelled for the rest of this term. Friday's DanceSport Practice will run from 7:30pm to 9:45pm instead.

All CDC classes and practices are cancelled on the evening of Thursday 4th December when most of the attendees and committee volunteers are expected to be at the ball instead!

The CDC & CUDT Christmas Ball will be held on Thursday 4th December from 7:30pm to midnight at The Burgess Hall in St.Ives. There will be live music from The Umbrella Big Band and a brief demonstration of Latin formation dancing from Cambridge's very own XS Latin B Team. Tickets will be on sale from committee members at normal classes and at General Dancing on Friday.

The early-bird price is £23 with a £5 discount for CDC members and a £7 surcharge for a place on one of the coaches there and back. (Coaches leave from Queens Road at 7pm and return at the end of the evening.)

To arrange to purchase tickets another way, contact the CDC president.

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Our Michaelmas term of classes began on Monday 13th October. If you are a complete beginner and haven't started dancing with us yet, then it's now best to wait until next term rather than joining existing classes. People who have danced before should still be able to catch up at the appropriate level.

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.

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.

2014 Michaelmas Term Outline

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

Wednesday 26th November: DanceSport Beginners class has been extended and Ballroom and Latin Improvers has been cancelled.

Friday 28th November: a cabaret will once again be occupying our usual GD spot in the grad.pad and General Dancing is cancelled for that evening. DanceSport people and keen ballroom and latin couples will be able to use Parkside gym for the entire 7:30pm to 9:45pm session. There's a one-off £3 fee per person if you don't have a practice subscription for the term.

Friday 28th November: there will be a RnR social in St.C's Gibson hall from 8pm to 10pm. The price is £3 for members and £4 for non-members.

Saturday 29th November: Nottingham Varsity ball.

Sunday 30th November: Warwick Varsity competition.

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

On Tuesday 2nd December: our annual Cuppers competition will be held in Parkside gym (in the DanceSport Ballroom Practice slot). Please contact the team captains if you haven't yet joined your college team.

Thursday 4th December: is the CDC's end-of-term ball. All normal Thursday classes and practices are cancelled for that evening.

Friday 5th December: CDC classes end.

Week 9 (Monday 8th December to Friday 12th December)

On Tuesday 9th December there will be one extra set of dancesport practices. CUDT members should use Parkside gym from 5:45pm to 7:45pm for ballroom and Kelsey Kerridge from 8pm to 10pm for latin. Non-team people should be able to use Parkside gym from 7:45pm to 9:45pm.

Friday's general dancing at the University Centre continues outside term time apart from a few weeks when the Centre is closed or has another booking.

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, just to improve your technique and learn a wider range of figures, 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.


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 3rd December 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 20th November and 4th December from 1:30pm to 4pm in the Village Centre.

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