We are having to move nearly all interactions online during the pandemic. See the website homepage for the online membership registration form to fill in and submit for each term. That will be followed by notification of BACS payment details. Your membership will typically include the online version of a class of your choice for free but you can purchase additional online courses if you want. We will also run some in-person activities whenever that's possible. Outdoor options will be cheaper and safer than indoor classes and practices (due to venue costs but also severe restrictions on numbers of attendees).
Membership is annual and years are synchronised with the university calendar, so no matter what date you join, membership always lasts until the start of the following academic year (ie from October until the next September). The joining fee is typically reduced somewhat in later terms / seasons to allow for the shorter time remaining and some missed class styles / events. We're keeping the adult rate at £20 but allowing the discount student/benefits rate to remain at £15 throughout the term (in case it takes longer than usual for students to commit to an activity and find a suitable dancesport partner).
Class fees are also going to have to be paid online (by BACS) in advance because handling cash is unreasonably dangerous, we can't easily have card readers and we can't have random people turning up to events right now anyway! Every class is having to be carefully planned for safe numbers of attendees with social distancing inside the class and when entering and exiting. As a result, fees for in-person classes are going to be more expensive since we don't have the same economies of scale as usual while still having all the same costs to cover.
We can't offer classes to people who don't register:
* a first online course is free with your membership fee
* an additional online course (8-9 weeks): £10
* outdoor classes will be the usual £4 each or come in discount bundles for £10
* 1 hour indoor class (50 minutes teaching time): £5
* 1.5 hr indoor class (80 minutes teaching time): £8
Some classes will only be suitable for dancing solo and hence will remain accessible to singletons - although couples are not forbidden from attending. Other classes, eg social RnR, will only really be suitable for people coming in pre-defined household couples. Singletons are not forbidden from attending but it won't be quite the same experience as we can usually offer with everyone randomly swapping around partners during the class.
Class prices are much cheaper for anyone who is willing to give up some of their time to help out regularly as a committee volunteer on class door-duties.
Dancesport practices are very badly impacted by the pandemic because we need to keep numbers of unregimented attendees extremely limited to move around the floor safely rather than remaining in fixed boxes. We will still be able to let team people settle up via their team accounts but everyone else will need to use the online BACS system - and of course even stricter signing up in advance to plan these.
Event prices vary significantly, but typically smaller socials and local competitions cost around the £5 mark, workshops with guest teachers around £10-20, and big socials such as end of term events around £20-30.
For some events, such as balls, there may be an online method of booking and payment. Otherwise, for a ticketed event, bring cash or cheques to any normal class in the weeks beforehand to purchase a ticket (especially if you need to book transport). It may also be possible to pay on the door at the event itself.
Unfortunately, training hard in a competitive dance style isn't cheap. For those styles where private lessons are available (in addition to any group class or practice sessions you might be attending), a couple can expect to pay anywhere from £20 to £40 or more for less than an hour, depending on the teacher and venue in use. You can check the exact prices when making bookings for these activities through the team.
Obviously there are also expenses incurred in buying costumes and shoes, and in travelling to and entering the competitions themselves. If you reach this level, it's often a good idea to ask some more experienced dancers for advice.
Membership of CDC conveys several benefits, including:
- Free first class after you join;
- Cheaper prices for all subsequent classes;
- Free General Dancing sessions on Fridays;
- Cheaper prices or exclusive access to some club events;
- Access to members-only competitive training opportunities;
- Occasional discounts for CDC members at some shops and on-line stores (announced on the home page when they arise).
CDC has around 600 members per year on average, the majority connected with Cambridge University in some way but including several hundred locals as well. For more about who joins CDC, please see the general information about the club.