Map of venues around Cambridge
City centre map
The map below shows the venues we use regularly for classes in the centre of Cambridge
St.Columba's Hall & Gibson Hall
St.Columba's main hall (8.4m by 13.6m) is at the back of St.Columba's United Reformed Church (Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DS). Starting from the main high street (St.Andrew's Street to Regent Street), Downing Street is next to John Lewis on the corner of the new arcade. Go past the Revolution night club and the main church entrance to turn into Downing Place. The entrance is through large iron gates and then on the opposite side of a small courtyard. Do not leave bicycles inside their courtyard. The main hall is directly in front of you once you've gone through the lobby.
For the Gibson Hall, which is slightly smaller (7.3m by 11.1m), follow the corridor past the conservatory and then turn right.
There are also cloakrooms at the back of the building - all the way down the corridor, past the conservatory and left through double doors into a small lobby with further doors to the men's and the women's facilities.
Stoneyard Centre (St.Andrew's Church)
Access to the Stoneyard Centre (43 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge CB2 3AR) is down a narrow alleyway between the Baptist Church and Tate Recruitment and through LivingStone's Cafe. If you don't see a door-duty person, ring the bell for the caretaker to let you in. We typically use the upper hall (9.9m by 15.7m), right at the back of the building.
Parkside Hall & Gym
Formerly called Parkside Community College, the Parkside Federation Academy site (Parkside, Cambridge CB1 1EH) is on the opposite side of Parker's Piece from the main high street (closer to the end of Park Terrace than to East Road). It has quite a long entrance driveway and its own car park. Do not hang about after class or you will get locked in and/or annoy the site managers.
The hall (11.0m by 14.1m) is in the main building. If you are using the entrance facing Parker's Piece, you go down the corridor to the right and then left around the inner courtyard and the Hall will be on your right.
The gym (12.5m by 21.3m) is in a separate building down a slope to the right of the driveway - and is behind you if you are about to try the main building entrance by mistake.
University Centre or Grad. Pad
This is where General Dancing (our free social session on Friday evening) is held. It is also the location for the club's AGM and sometimes even for Cuppers. The University Centre or grad.pad (Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RU) is a large concrete building off Mill Lane, opposite the river. We use the Main Dining Hall (usable floor space 11.6m by 13.4m minus the counter) on the second floor.
University Social Club
The USC (Mill Lane, Cambridge CB2 1RX) is next to the Anchor pub and near the University Centre where GD is held. Their Upper hall is on the 2nd floor upstairs. Friday night cross-body salsa (NB not run by the CDC) is there.
Kelsey Kerridge (Queen Anne Terrace, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1NA) is the large sports complex, on the south-east side of Parker's Piece, beside the indoor swimming pool. There are many separate rooms inside - some of which are used for the Freshers' Fairs. The Tuesday DanceSport Latin practice is held in the Fitness Studio (which has mirrors). If you are not already a KK member, you'll need to purchase a day pass to attend.
University Sports Centre
This is a new building complex out to the west of the city. Some public CDC DanceSport and closed CUDT or CURnR team practices are held out there. The full address is Cambridge University Sports Centre, Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS. Older maps will not show this facility at all. We are mostly using the MultiPurpose room upstairs, which is sometimes subdivided into Studios 1 and 2.
Fenners Indoor Cricket School
This (map) is a large space with good acoustics but a somewhat sticky floor. To access the building: go in the main entrance of Fenners Gym (on Gresham Rd), turn right at reception, past the changing rooms and out the door. Follow the path round to the left onto Fenners Cricket Ground and the entrance to the Indoor School.
North Cambridge Academy / Manor Community College
Formerly called the Manor Community College, the North Cambridge Academy is just off Arbury Road, Cambridge CB4 2JF. The CU Rock'n'Roll Team use the boxing studio gym there.
Some students can hire in-college spaces which are suitable for dance practice or events.
The Palmerston Room at St.John's College is a large multipurpose room (11.3m by 16.6m) within the Fisher Building near Cripps and New Courts.
Homerton College's Auditorium is a large hall (about 12m by 19m) in the Mary Allen Building, just off Hills Road (CB2 8PH). It is positioned at the front, ie behind you and to your left, in the opposite corner from the porters lodge as you enter the lobby.
Many of the CDC tea dances have been held in Lee Hall at Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9BB.
There are several rooms in Newnham College with wooden floors. CUDT members sometimes use the Jane Harrison Room.
Sidney Sussex College
Hills Road Sixth Form College
Hills Road 6th has 2 large rooms in the main building suitable for dancing. The main hall (12m by 16.4m) has a sprung wooden floor, mirrors on one side and a barre. The recital room (12.4m by 18m) also has a wooden floor. The address is Hills Road Sixth Form College, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 8PE.
Arbury Community Centre
Our medals tests (ie dance exams) are sometimes held out at Arbury Community Centre (Campkin Road, Cambridge CB4 2LD). There is a large hall (preferred) and a very small hall. There are also kitchen facilities - making it possible to hold tea dances.
The YMCA (Queen Anne House, Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1ND) is another large building off Parker's Piece, right next to the Kelsey Kerridge. The dance studio (7.6m by 11.9m) is on the first floor and has mirrors on one wall. There is also a lower lounge (6.0m by 10.7m of usable floor with seating space to one side).
Ross Street Community Centre
RnR social practices are sometimes held out at Ross Street Community Centre (Ross Street, Cambridge CB1 3UZ). They have a hall (with wooden floor), a couple of other rooms and some kitchen facilities.
The Guildhall is off Market Square in the centre of Cambridge (CB2 3QJ). It has been the venue for a few balls and freshers' week demonstrations. The council's monthly tea dance is held there. The main hall (15.3m by 22.0m) is on the 1st floor and has connecting doorways through to a secondary hall (8.0m by 18.7m).
Burgess Hall, St Ives
Many of the CDC balls are held at the Burgess Hall at One Leisure St Ives, Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6WU.
The CDC lays on coaches for events held here but you might also want to consider using the Guided Busway - although you'd then have to leave a ball quite early for the last bus back to Cambridge.
St.Matthew's School now has 2 halls (following extensive building work). The original dining hall still contains the crash mats while the new gym has none. The address is St. Matthew's Primary School, 19 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD.
We haven't used St.Paul's School hall/gym regularly of late. It remains a good space and now has a sound system but no crash mats. The full address is St.Paul's Church-of-England Primary School, Coronation Street, Cambridge CB2 1HJ.
St.Paul's Church has been converted into a community centre with several halls in which dancing takes place. The main hall is the largest and occupies the main body of the church building but has internal pillars. The upper hall (8.1m by 10.3m) has rolling mirrors, stages at the ends and a couple of side-rooms. The address is The Centre at St Paul's, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP.
Mayfield Primary School
Mayfield Primary School (Warwick Road, Cambridge CB4 3HN) has a couple of halls suitable for dancing. The large hall (10.5m by 15.9m) has a sprung wooden floor. The small hall (7m by 14m) has more of a gym surface. Some P.E. mats are available.
Chesterton Sports Centre
Chesterton Sports Centre (Gilbert Road, Cambridge CB4 3NY) has a large gym and sports hall and a small dance studio.
Trumpington Meadows Primary School
Trumpington Meadows Primary School (Kestrel Rise, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9AY) has a couple of halls with wooden floors which might be suitable for dancing: the main hall (10.5m by 18.1m) and the activity studio (8.5m by 9.1m).
Fisher Hall has been refitted as a chapel and is no longer hirable as a hall. Though there is still a small meeting room there, with attached bar.
- While you may be able to collect lost property left behind at CDC events, we regret that not all venues we use offer to keep such items, and CDC cannot be held responsible for any losses. Please check carefully that you have taken all your possessions with you when you leave.
- Please do not leave bikes in the courtyard outside St Columba's.
- Cambridge City Council has information available on Parking in Cambridge.
Ladies with dancing shoes are asked to wear heel protectors to avoid damaging the floor. Please be aware that some venues insist on this, and we regret that you will not be able to participate without them. Heel protectors are available from all major dance shoe vendors and can be ordered online.