Cambridge Dancers' Club
We're students & residents who like to dance together! Our competitive teams are CUDT & CURnR. We will be trying out the Gibson hall for our regular social dancing on Fridays (while our usual venue, the grad.pad MDH, is closed for roof repairs).
Lent 2023 term
Normal classes will run for 9 weeks from Monday 16th January to Thursday 16th March with some exceptions to the regular timetable. The dancesport classes in particular will continue to be affected by venue changes due to mock exams and half-term holiday in their preferred Parkside school gym location.
Week 1 (Jan.16): Paul's classes are in Kelsey Kerridge, David's classes are in Downing Place church, Ben & Stef are unavailable.
Week 2 (Jan.23): normal timetable + Birmingham competition on Sat.28th
Week 3 (Jan.30): normal timetable.
Week 4 (Feb.06): Clive's classes are in the church nave, pink GD in aid of breast cancer charities and SUDC on Saturday 11th February in Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham.
Week 5 (Feb.13): Paul's classes are in Kelsey Kerridge, David's classes are in Downing Place church.
Week 6 (Feb.20): normal timetable but the big competition of the term is IVDC on Saturday 25th February in Blackpool.
Week 7 (Feb.27): some change to Youlie's classes on 28th.
Week 8 (Mar.06): Paul's classes are in Kelsey Kerridge, David's classes might be in Downing Place / Hills6th or KK.
Week 9 (Mar.13): Paul's classes are in Kelsey Kerridge, David's classes might be there too.
Classes and Practices
Most competitive dancers need to attend a matched pair of dancesport classes per week (ballroom & latin specialisms or RnR footwork & acrobatics). Whereas social dancers are more likely to attend just one regular weekly class in their chosen style(s).
You don't need to have your own partner to join our classes; although many people do have one or more preferred dance partners by the time they've left beginners and improvers and reached the intermediates or advanced levels. Similarly, you don't need specialist clothes or shoes when you start learning to dance.
Read more about classes.
Practising away from taught classes is the way to get better faster. It's also the end goal of social dancing, whereas dancesport dancers have competitions.
Our regular social dance practice is called General Dancing and is free to attend, even for non-club members. We try to run it on as many Friday evenings as possible. This is the place to bring visiting friends & family, including children. It's not a formal event, like a ball, so there's no need to dress up.
Our dancesport practice sessions are really only suitable for advanced dancers to train and require club membership & termly subscription fees (or per session fee) to attend. If you attend practices at Kelsey Kerridge, you'll also need to pay KK's own day/membership fee.
See the ongoing practice list.
We're still holding occasional tea dances but no big ball dates have been planned yet.
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 (and if you attend regular CDC classes you may approach the teachers there too). 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 to find out if there are any spare private lesson slots available with the coaches.
Promotions and Contacts
The competitive teams have their own "stash" items but we are now able to offer CDC logo T-shirts again. The price is £8 each. The sizes range from adult small to extra-large (with most women being small or medium and most men being medium upwards). The new batch have red print on a black T-shirt and include some which are printed on the back instead for people who want to wear them while partner dancing; but we do also have a few other colour combinations left from the previous batch. See a committee member or email to arrange to purchase one.