Cambridge Dancers' Club

We're students & residents who like to dance together! Our competitive teams are CUDT & CURnR but we also have regular social dancing events. Eg General Dancing on Friday is free to attend.

To join us: turn up at a class, fill in a registration form, pay the relevant fee, receive your membership card for the academic year and start dancing. NB The membership card includes some free class boxes to use but after that there's a per-class fee once you've had a chance to try the different styles and select the one(s) you like.

Coming Up

Easter 2024 term

Our Easter term of classes will mostly run for 8 weeks, from Monday 22nd April to Friday 14th June, with some gaps.
timetable
venue map

New beginners can join any of:
• Tuesday 6:30pm Cuban salsa with Youlie in the Gibson hall
• Tuesday 7:30pm Argentine Tango with Youlie in the Gibson hall
• Wednesday 6pm ballroom & latin with Kath in the Stoneyard Centre
• Thursday 7:30pm ballroom & latin with Youlie in the Stoneyard Centre
• Friday ballroom & latin "General Dancing" in the Gibson hall

Clive's Monday classes are in the Gibson hall but missing Bank Holidays 6th & 27th May.

Paul's Monday classes will be just the DS-B Intermediates in the Kelsey Kerridge studio from 7pm to 8pm on 27th May.

David's Tuesday classes will be just DS-L Intermediates (at 8pm) and DS Beginners (at 9pm) taught by Paul in Downing Place church nave on Tuesday 28th May. This means a longer DS practice session beforehand (6pm to 8pm).

Youlie's Tuesday classes are in the Gibson hall:
May 28 = salsa with merengue + Arg.tango with milonga
June 04 = salsa with bachata + Arg.tango with vals
June 11 = salsa recap + Arg.tango recap

Kath's Wednesday classes are in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall:
May 29 = quickstep for beginners + quickstep workshop
June 05 = jive for beginners + jive workshop
June 12 = waltz for beginners + waltz workshop

Ben & Stef's classes are suspended for the time being. They'll return as soon as we can book a safe venue.

Youlie's Thursday classes are in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall:
May 30 = cha-cha for beginners + foxtrot for improvers
June 06 = waltz + viennese for beginners + samba for improvers
June 13 = jive + paso doble for beginners + tango for improvers

During May there will be a new DS practice on Fridays from 6pm to 8pm in KK studio; and GD will be in the Gibson hall in the 8:45pm to 10:30pm slot.

RnR is mostly suspended for the term, apart from one-off events.

Competitions include:
Sunday 16th June = Liger (Cambridge vs Imperial, in the USC)

Possible events include:
Saturday 8th June = Arbury Carnival from 11am to 5pm
Sunday 9th June = Tea Dance with Wanda from 4:30pm in St Andrew's Hall
Sunday 16th June = end-of-term mini-ball (more details later)

Classes and Practices

Classes

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.

Practices

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 would be, so there's no need to dress up.

Our dancesport practice sessions are only suitable for intermediate to advanced dancers who can train without supervision / coaching. They 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.

Events

We're still holding occasional tea dances but no big ball dates have been planned yet.

Wanda is running some more of her own Sunday afternoon tea dances. The dates for these will be the second Sunday of each month. The time may vary a bit. Eg 9th June is 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The location is St Andrew's Hall, St Andrew's Rd, Cambridge CB4 1DH. Dress code: smart casual. The price, which includes 1 free raffle ticket, is £6 on the door. Email Wanda or join the chat group for more information.

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 (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

CDC T-shirts

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.

Follow Us

CDC : CDC on Twitter : CDC on FaceBook + CDC on FaceBook (group) : CDC on YouTube : CDC on TikTok
CUDT : CUDT on Twitter : CUDT on FaceBook : CUDT on Instagram : CUDT on YouTube : CUDT on TikTok
CURnR : CURnR page on FaceBook (page) + CURnR group on FaceBook (private group)
CDC Competes on the open circuit CDC Competes on FaceBook (group)