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 (at the door or bring one with you), 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

Summer 2024 activities

Summer runs from mid June through to the start of October. We have a few ongoing activities.
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Sunday 7pm to 9pm DS practice in Kelsey Kerridge continues until the end of July.

Tuesday 8pm to 10pm DS practice in Kelsey Kerridge continues until the end of July.

Friday GD is returning to the MDH of the grad.pad for a *much* earlier time slot of 5pm to 6:45pm from Friday 28th June through to September.

Our next batch of summer workshop classes are on Mondays from 7pm to 9pm in the new Adelie Studio at 121 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AT (opposite the Tivoli). It has bicycle racks outside and a council car-park across the road plus some on-road parking. Youlie is up first:
• July 15 = flamenco introduction
• July 22 = Argentine tango
• July 29 = solo dancing ???

Michaelmas 2024 term

Normal classes run for 8 weeks from Monday 14th October to Friday 6th December. There's also a pre-term Freshers Week which is expected to include:
Monday 7th October = sports fair in Cam.Uni. sports centre
Tuesday 8th October = CUSU societies fair on Parkers Piece (+? public free taster)
Wednesday 9th October = CUSU societies fair on Parkers Piece
Saturday 12th October = CUDT team trials

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 14th July 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)