The timetable below contains some scheduled alterations to classes where a venue is closed on a particular date and the class has to be cancelled or moved to an alternative venue instead.
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Ballroom and Latin
More fully, this is Modern Ballroom and Latin American. The standard 10 dances are: waltz, viennese, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, rumba, cha-cha, jive, samba and paso doble. Beginners typically start with waltz and cha-cha and gradually add more dances, eg quickstep and rumba or jive, as they become more proficient.
Russell's classes are purely for social dancing. Clive's classes include the option of taking a dance qualification (typically a bronze, silver or gold medal) in the spring/summer. This is broadly equivalent to the music or ballet grade system but is subdivided into separate ballroom and latin branches and consists primarily of a 1-dance Introductory Award (suitable for beginners), a 2-dance Bronze Medal (improvers), a 3-dance Silver Medal (intermediates) or 4-dance Gold Medal. Paul's classes are a good fall-back for a missed dancesport class.
If you have never danced before, you should take a beginners level class. There is at least one on most weekday nights during normal terms. If you are transferring existing skills from a different style of dance, you might want to try improvers too as a fast-track option in case beginners is too easy. Last term's beginners should be in improvers this term. You are not forbidden from repeating beginners classes but most people are ready to move on after 1 term. Improvers move up to intermediates whenever they feel ready to do so (typically 2 terms).
If you want to improve your social dancing, aim to come to General Dancing (GD) on Fridays, where you can practise for free with a range of different partners and really learn how to lead and follow instead of sticking to a fixed routine.
This is the competitive side of ballroom and latin dancing. Paul Walker specialises in teaching Modern Ballroom (Monday's classes) while David Mallabone specialises in Latin American (Tuesday's classes). The Sunday workshop class will be taught by a range of team coaches. The CDC is closely linked with the Cambridge University DanceSport Team (CUDT) - which now has its own website. Our DS classes are open even to those not eligible to compete for the university, if they want to learn competitive styling and perhaps enter the open contests at competitions. However, please bear in mind that some people will be taking these classes very seriously indeed.
For those who *are* taking their dancing seriously, we also have some DS practices during term times (and occasionally beyond). The exact number of practices available, and hence the subscription fee for access to them, varies a little from term to term. These practices, unlike private team ones, are open to all CDC members. Simply pay the committee member running a practice, class or GD to go onto the practice list and be able to attend any or all of the publicly timetabled practice sessions. Or pay just the single session fee each time if you won't be attending practices regularly. This may help those who are bringing along a visiting DanceSport friend from elsewhere.
Note that some weekend practices are team-focused ones; and the Tuesday practices, designated as Ballroom and Latin separately, are also likely to be heavily dominated by team members during the varsity season. If you attend the Tuesday Latin practice at Kelsey Kerridge, you will also need to pay KK's own day membership fee (unless you already have gym membership there).
Rock and Roll
All our social/authentic rock'n'roll classes are suitable for beginners and improvers because a different figure or move will be introduced in each class and it isn't necessary to have covered all previous ones. We also have a dancesport rock'n'roll beginners class combining the high-kicking continental style of footwork with acrobatic moves. If you have a flair for RnR dancing, you might want to join the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team (CURnR) and compete against other universities at various competitions during the year. However, this will require a greater level of commitment and attendance of team practices. Contact the team captain for more information, eg on eligibility for entering contests.
Occasionally during the year there are Rock'n'Roll social dances (announced separately).
We sometimes offer 2 different styles of salsa. The Cuban style is more relaxed and includes Rueda - a form of group dancing in a circle where the figures are called out during the dance. The cross-body (NY/LA) style is more linear and is typical of crowded nightclub dancing. It may sometimes include some Bachata - a much slower partner dance. Note that there are also plenty of commercial salsa classes and other social salsa dancing opportunities in Cambridge where you can try out what you've learned.
LindyHop, Argentine Tango and alternative latin dances
In the past, we've offered a wider range of partner dancing styles. These go in and out of fashion somewhat though. At the moment, there are some separate groups in the area offering lindyhop or argentine tango or bachata. But we will occasionally still include these on our timetable when we can - even if only as a one-off workshop event. Further styles we've had before include: west coast swing, mambo, bossa nova, lambada and merengue.
Line Dancing, Sequence Dancing & Party Dances
Some dances have fixed choreography which everyone dances together - singly (ie line dancing) in couples (ie sequence dancing) or even in larger groupings. They feature a lot at tea dances (and occasionally at GD) and can even be danced competitively. The underlying dance style is often but not always the same as one of the standard dances. So these can be seen as a useful companion to regular classes by giving you routines that you can practise or use socially.
GD is the free social dancing session on Friday evenings, 8:30pm - 10:30pm, at the University Centre (Grad.Pad) off Mill Lane. It's the one timetabled event to continue outside term time most weeks of the year. You do not have to be a member of the club to attend. Visitors are welcome and even innocent bystanders may get dragged onto the dance-floor. The early part of the evening is typically the safest for beginners and improvers to try out their steps, as it tends to be quieter than the later part of the evening. Normally, unless there are specific requests (eg for salsa), the music is a mixture of the standard modern ballroom and latin american dances. Occasionally we hold special themed GDs but dressing up remains optional.
We have been asked to remind all ladies wearing Ballroom and Latin shoes that they need to wear heel protectors in all venues please. The spiked heels of high-heeled shoes damage the wooden floors.
Dancing can be hot and thirsty work and not all our venues have functional drinks machines. If it's a hot day or you are attending a long class or more than one class, it would be advisable to bring your own personal bottle of drinking water with you.
Be on time:
It is difficult for our teachers if people arrive late, partway through a class. At the end of a class, there is usually another class waiting to start or the caretakers need to lock up the venue after us for the night. So please try to arrive and leave promptly.
If you find something abandoned after an event or class or accidentally pick up someone else's stuff when leaving, it is always best to hand it in to the caretakers of the venue where you found or misappropriated it. Please do so as quickly as possible since that should be the first place the rightful owner goes to look for it.
Revision notes are available for some classes. See the list on the Revision Notes index page in the classes drop-down from the main top menu. This page also includes examples of music suitable for the various dances, so that you can practise away from classes.
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