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 holiday events

Wednesday workshop classes are continuing from 7pm to 9pm:
3rd April = B&L Line Dances with Kath in the Gibson hall
10th April = Viennese Waltz with Kath in the Stoneyard Centre
17th April = American Smooth with Youlie in the Stoneyard Centre

Friday General Dancing will be moving around a bit:
5th April = 8:45pm to 10:30pm in the Gibson hall
12th April = 6pm to 8:45pm in the MDH with Kath teaching at 6pm
19th April = 6pm to 9pm in Parkside gym with Kath teaching at 6pm
26th April = 6pm to 9pm in Parkside gym with Kath teaching at 6pm

We still have some ongoing DS practices (on Sundays and Tuesdays).

CUDT is running a pre-term boot camp of mixed events. On Saturday 20th April it's in Parkside school gym from 10am to 5pm. On Sunday 21st April it's in the University Sports Centre. It's not suitable for complete beginners but there are usually workshop events with team coaches which may also be of interest to social dancers of improver to intermediate level.

Easter 2024 term

Our Easter term of classes will mostly run for 8 weeks from Monday 22nd April to Friday 14th June. There will be some pre-term events but other items might only run for half the term.

Paul's classes will start off in Parkside school gym on Monday 22nd and 29th April.
Clive's classes are in the Gibson hall but missing Bank Holidays 6th & 27th May.

David's classes will start off in Parkside school gym on Tuesday 23rd and 30th April.
Youlie's classes are in the Gibson hall on Tuesday and the Stoneyard on Thursday.

Kath's classes and Ben & Stef's classes are not yet settled due to venue issues.

During May there will be a new DS practice on Fridays from 6pm to 8pm in KK studio.

Competitions include:
Saturday 11th May = Varsity (Cambridge vs Oxford, in Oxford)
Sunday 16th June = Liger (Cambridge vs Imperial, in the USC)

Possible events include:
Saturday 8th June = Arbury Carnival from 11am to 5pm
Friday 14th June = end-of-term "ball"???

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, 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.

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. 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.

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CURnR : CURnR page on FaceBook (page) + CURnR group on FaceBook (private group)
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