Cambridge Dancers' Club
We're students & residents who like to dance together! Find us for our regular free social dance from 8pm to 10pm on Friday evenings in the hall over LivingStone's Cafe (while our usual venue, the grad.pad MDH, is closed for roof repairs). Our competitive teams are CUDT & CURnR.
We mostly take a break between university terms. Only a few dance activities are still running.
Friday 2nd December is the CDC xmas party at General Dancing from 8pm to 10pm in the Stoneyard Centre upper hall. As usual it's free for anyone to come along. No special dress code but there's a high likelihood of some xmas dance music.
There are a couple more Wednesday workshops with Kath:
• Dec.07 from 19:30 to 21:30 = ballroom tango
• Dec.14 from 19:00 to 20:00 = how to become a better dancer
• Dec.14 from 20:00 to 21:00 = viennese waltz
• Jan.11 from 18:00 to 19:00 = free taster (including cha-cha and waltz)
• Jan.11 from 19:00 to 21:00 = rumba workshop
For the discussion session we'll be talking about what it means to be a better dancer and what we can do to improve. We'll talk about leading and following, quality of movement, technique, choreography, floorcraft and lots of other things besides. We'll talk about making the most of classes, social dancing and practice sessions. Please bring something to take notes with/on. Everyone is welcome but this session will be more suitable for those who have done some partner dancing before.
See also the ongoing practice list.
Julia Becker is running her own tea dance from 15.30 to 17.30 on Saturday 10th December in Lee Hall, Wolfson College. Price £3 to cover food and drink costs.
Lent 2023 term
Normal classes will run for 9 weeks from Monday 16th January to Thursday 16th March. It's a work in progress.
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. The untaught practice sessions are really only suitable for advanced dancers to train.
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.
At our classes (timetable and general information), beginners are people who have not covered that particular style before and are in their first term of trying to learn it. Improvers classes are for those who finished a beginners course (ie most of the 7 to 9 weeks of a term) and are ready to progress further. People then typically remain at improvers level for a couple of terms (or even longer). Sometimes we have a New Improvers class for people only just leaving beginners and/or an Easy Intermediates class for people only just moving up from improvers. Intermediates is for anyone who has danced a given style seriously for a year or more. Advanced dancers mostly seek private coaching rather than group classes. There are also occasional specialist workshops, eg at dancesport training camp weekends.
Revision notes are available for a few of our classes, including the basic figures featured in most beginners classes. If you've danced before, these may help you work out what level of class is suitable for you - ie if you recognise the names of some of the figures and already know how to do them. This page also includes some examples of music suitable for the various dance styles, so that you can practise away from classes.
We meet up as regularly as we can for a free social dancing session on Friday evenings. Our usual venue for this (the grad.pad MDH) is currently closed for roof repairs. So we are temporarily using the upper hall of the Stoneyard Centre, from 8pm to 10pm.
We're still holding occasional tea dances but no big ball dates have been planned yet.
DanceSport Practice Sessions
These practices are for people who already know what they want to practise as there is normally no formal dance tuition provided. You do not have to be on the competitive team to attend these sessions (although Tuesday sessions during term time will typically be dominated by CUDT members) but you do have to be a CDC member and then pay a termly subscription (or single session fee). If you attend practices at Kelsey Kerridge, you'll also need to pay KK's own day/membership fee.
See the ongoing practice list.
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 already attend CDC lessons, you may approach them 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.