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).
To join us: turn up at a class, fill in a registration form, pay the fee, receive your membership card and start dancing.
Freshers Week 2022
This marks the start of the 2022-3 academic year.
• Thu.06 Oct. = DanceSport practice + advanced class
• Fri.07 Oct. = free social dance at 8pm in Stoneyard Centre
• Sat.08 Oct. = CUDT and CURnR auditions
• Sun.09 Oct. = DanceSport practices (+ partnering?)
in-college taster sessions run by the CUDT:
• 15:00 Thu.06 Oct. in Queens College (Fitzpatrick Hall)
• 17:30 Thu.06 Oct. in Jesus College
• 12:00 Fri.07 Oct. in Girton (Main Hall), open to all students
• 18:00 Fri.07 Oct. in Murray Edwards (Long Room)
• 17:00 Sun.09 Oct. in Clare (Garden Room)
• 19:30 Mon.10 Oct. in Lucy Cavendish (Nautilus / Conservatory)
• 19:00 Thu.13 Oct. in Churchill
Michaelmas 2022 term
For beginners who want to learn to compete (ie dancesport), try:
• Monday 18:00 DS ballroom in Parkside school gym (most weeks)
• Tuesday 20:45 DS latin in Parkside school gym (most weeks)
• Wednesday 19:00 DS RnR in Stoneyard Centre upper hall
• Saturday 14:30 DS RnR in Uni.Sports Centre Multipurpose Room
For beginners who want to learn to dance socially, try:
• Monday 20:00 ballroom & latin in Downing Place URC
• Tuesday 18:00 ballroom & latin in Downing Place URC
• Tuesday 19:00 RnR in Downing Place URC
• Wednesday 18:00 ballroom & latin in Downing Place URC
• Wednesday 19:00 salsa in Downing Place URC
• Wednesday 20:00 argentine tango in Downing Place URC
• Thursday 18:00 ballroom & Stoneyard upper hall
or Wed. 19:00 B&L workshops if you might miss a lot of in-term classes.
Our next Tea Dance is Saturday 15th October from 3pm to 5pm in Parkside school gym. NB you'll have to bring your own refreshments if you need them. Stiletto shoes are banned or require heel protectors to protect the floor surface.
School Half-Term Holiday
The university does not have a half-term holiday but Parkside school does. So our classes and practices continue but a few of them have to be relocated to a different venue - viz Hills Road 6th Form College on 24th & 25th October. There will be another upheaval for Parkside's mock exams in mid November.
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.
Competitive DanceSport Ballroom & Latin Team
The CUDT competes on behalf of all Cambridge, against other UK universities, in the modern ballroom & latin american partner dance styles. If you're a student in the Cambridge area who might be eligible to compete for Cambridge or if you'd simply like to try the competitive side of dancing for fun, then come along to our DanceSport classes.
Students who have not had formal lessons in ballroom and latin before can join the Cambridge University Beginners' DanceSport Team - where there's no fixed limit on places and you'll only be competing against other beginners. Note that, for dancesport purposes, Anglia Ruskin students count as Cambridge students. If you're interested in competing but have other questions about eligibility etc then contact email@example.com.
If you're a student but not a beginner you can trial for the Cambridge University DanceSport Team. The main auditions are at the start of the Michaelmas term for places on several teams, with the team's coaches then attempting to form the most compatible partnerships. For more information, please contact the CUDT Captain(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CDC also has members competing very successfully on the open circuit (in which non-students may compete too). Our dancesport practice sessions are available for use by advanced dancers beyond just the team. To learn about competitive opportunities for non-students or to seek a partner, please join the "CDC Competes on the Open Circuit" Facebook group. For more information contact our club Secretary at email@example.com.
Competitive Rock'n'Roll Team
Another dance style featured in the inter-varsity competitions is rock and roll. This has evolved from its authentic social dancing roots to encompass continental-style high kicks as well as showy acrobatics. If this sounds and looks like your sort of thing then anyone is welcome to join and train with the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team. For more information contact the CURnR Captains at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You will normally be added to the members mailing list when you register to join. But a few email providers block all bulk emails. So you may have to check your spam folder to unblock club announcements.
If you don't want to join the CDC at the moment but do want to receive emailed announcements of our events during the year, you can subscribe yourself to our mailing list for interested non-members (by clicking on that link). You will then have to reply to the confirmation email you receive.
If you want to unsubscribe from our lists you *must* use the exact form of your email address which you originally used to subscribe to them, not some forwarded or modified version (eg gmail is not the same as googlemail and academic sub-department addresses are not the same as generic cam.ac.uk ones). Our system can only recognise automatically the information you gave it. If you no longer have access to your originally specified email address then you'll need to request a manual removal.