We charge for annual club membership and for individual classes, practices or other events - with those items being either cheaper for or only available to club members.
We're expecting to offer a mixture of payment methods soon:
* on the door in cash at most in-person classes
* on the door via QR code or contactless card at DS classes
* online bank transfer (eg for DS practices or online classes)
* as single items or termly batch payments
This year we will be operating a mixed system of registration for club membership,
classes and practices. That means online forms for some people/things but also a return
to physical forms and membership cards for others. For the in-person taught classes, we
expect to have a door-duty person at each venue who is able to handle random arrivals again.
With the easing of pandemic restrictions on attendance, we no longer have to require
people to sign-up for specific in-person classes in advance.
* membership registration & payment can be done online or at a class
* signing up for termly DS practices (members only) is best done online
* paying for in-person classes can be done singly or termly in advance
* for online classes you request the zoom link or pay for the YouTube links
If you want to sign up online, then you need to *pay* online too - using the banking details given on that form. You need to do this several days in advance of a class in order for your payment to be visible in the banking system and/or be prepared to show some proof on your mobile phone at the class.
Membership is annual and years are synchronised with the university calendar, so no matter what date you join, membership always lasts until the start of the following academic year (ie from October until the next September). The joining fee is typically reduced somewhat in later terms / seasons to allow for the shorter time remaining and some missed class styles / events.
We're keeping the adult rate at £20 but allowing the discount student/benefits rate to remain at £15 throughout the term (in case the ongoing pandemic causes it to take longer than usual for students to return and commit to an activity). The £15 rate will be used for anyone joining in the Lent term and probably then a £10 rate for anyone leaving it as late as Easter to summer.
We are returning to the use of physical membership cards. You will need to be able to show your membership card in order to claim any of the free class boxes on it or to prove your membership for the cheaper class fee rate. The new cards for this year will also have a termly batch payment option as an alternative to claiming individual free class boxes. This should suit "frequent flyers" who attend multiple classes per week as you'll effectively be buying additional free class boxes for each term.
To save time in queues at classes, if you already know you want to register as a club member then please consider printing out a membership form in advance. That way you can complete it beforehand and simply hand it to the person on door duty together with payment to get your membership card.
While most members register as singletons rather than arriving as pre-defined couples, our new printable (PDF) page includes 2 copies of the membership form so that anyone who does have their own printer can then bring along the spare half for someone else waiting in the queue to use. The door-duty person will also have spare forms available but that holds up the queue.
Class fees depend on your membership status and the duration of the class. We're mostly returning to handling cash on the door but will be combining that with prepayment online via bank transfer or the use of QR code or contactless card for those people who prefer that - including the preferences of our hard-working volunteers! We'll try to make it clear in advance what will work for each specific class.
We're still expecting to have significantly lower attendance at classes. So unfortunately our starting prices for in-person events will have to remain at the higher pandemic levels for a while longer to cover our hire costs but we'll offer additional freebies in compensation if things go well.
On the plus side, we should now be able to cope with non-members turning up at
indoor venues again and also allow people to randomly swap partners at classes. So:
* non-member indoor classes are £10 each
* 1 hour indoor class (50 minutes teaching time) are £5 for members
* 1.5 hr indoor class (80 minutes teaching time) are £8 for members
* the current online Zoom classes are free for club members (just request the Zoom info)
* YouTube recordings of last year's dancesport courses are £10 per set
The new ongoing option is termly prepayment for classes. Michaelmas term has 8 weeks of classes. So the batch price for a course of classes in Michaelmas will be 6 times the class fee of £5 or £8 (ie £30 or £48 for short or long classes respectively). Your membership card will be specially marked by the regular door-duty person for that class - replacing the use of the free class box for it. It means that, if you are a regular attendee of multiple classes (such as improvers & intermediates levels or DS ballroom & latin), you are effectively buying additional free classes with each course and also getting into the class a bit quicker each time with fewer transactions.
Class prices are much cheaper again for anyone who is willing to give up some of their time to help out regularly as a committee volunteer on class door-duties.
DanceSport practice fees are usually paid up-front on a per-term basis; but this can include signing up online or at the door of the first session you attend or making arrangements to pay through the Cambridge University DanceSport Team accounts.
A DanceSport practice subscription will typically be £25 to £30 per normal term for club *members* but that gives you access to any or all of the normal CDC-run sessions that term (with a top-up fee for extending your subscription into the holiday period). Practising does work best if you do it regularly! However, club members can alternatively attend a single session for just £5.
Note that our practice sessions are restricted to members only because the whole club subsidises practices somewhat and we also need people to register and agree to the health and safety policy for insurance purposes.
There can be a slight variability in block price because of the differing length of terms, the number of practices laid on per week and the expected number of attendees. Eg Lent may be slightly longer than Michaelmas whereas Easter is a lot shorter. Meanwhile, Summer is longer again but sparser in both practices and attendees. Please check for each new term's subscription rate.
See the ongoing list of practice sessions.
Event prices vary significantly, but typically smaller socials and local competitions cost around the £5 mark, workshops with guest teachers around £10-20, and big socials such as end of term events around £20-30.
For some events, such as balls, there may be an online method of booking and payment. Otherwise, for a ticketed event, bring cash or cheques to any normal class in the weeks beforehand to purchase a ticket (especially if you need to book transport). It may also be possible to pay on the door at the event itself. This is the norm for the more casual tea dances held in town.
Unfortunately, training hard in a competitive dance style isn't cheap. For those styles where private lessons are available (in addition to any group class or practice sessions you might be attending), a couple can expect to pay anywhere from £20 to £40 or more for less than an hour, depending on the teacher and venue in use. You can check the exact prices when making bookings for these activities through the team.
Obviously there are also expenses incurred in buying costumes and shoes, and in travelling to and entering the competitions themselves. If you reach this level, it's often a good idea to ask some more experienced dancers for advice.
Membership of CDC typically conveys several benefits, including:
- Some number of free classes after you join;
- Cheaper prices for all subsequent classes;
- Free General Dancing sessions on Fridays;
- Cheaper prices or exclusive access to some club events;
- Access to members-only competitive training opportunities;
- Occasional discounts for CDC members at some shops and on-line stores (announced on the home page when they arise).
In recent years, the CDC has had around 600 members per year on average. The majority are connected with Cambridge University in some way (students, staff or ex-students) but also including several hundred residents and some non-residents too. For more about who joins CDC, please see the general information about the club.