Welcome to the Cambridge University Dance Society's one stop guide to dance in Cambridge! From Lion Dance to Lindy Hop, there is something for everyone in the Cambridge dance world. Just scroll down to find the perfect society for you!
Cambridge University Ballet Club
If you are interested in doing ballet during your time in Cambridge, then the Ballet Club has something to offer you! We have weekly classes during full term, with technique and pointe classes for all levels from beginner to advanced, and other exciting classes such as ballet fitness. These are run on a drop-in basis, with no need to sign up beforehand. We also put on several performances a year, including a full-length ballet every Lent term, featuring dancers from across the society. Other events include workshops in contemporary, repertoire and so on, and socials such as ballet club formals and trips to shows. For the first time this year, there will also be a ballet competition team in collaboration with CUTAZZ, who will represent Cambridge in competitions around the country, and in the dance varsity match against Oxford.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cambridgeuniversityballetclub/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5846878082/
Cambridge University Break Dance Club
We aim to provide a relaxed environment to learn & practice the art of breakdancing without the "ghetto attitude" sometimes associated with it. We cater for all levels from complete beginners to advanced breakers through classes and informal practice sessions. We also like to give both beginners, and more experienced dancers, an opportunity to perform at various events during the year. Some of our past performances include the ICUSU talent show, the ADC dance showcase , Strawberry Fair and the Chinese New Year Ball. Feel free to drop by any of our sessions at any time of the year, we're always happy to take on new members regardless of their level of experience!
Cambridge Contemporary Dance
Cambridge Contemporary Dance is a collective group of dancers based in Cambridge. The company’s dancers come from different artistic backgrounds and we have joined forces and energy in one common passion: contemporary dance. We produce collective work as a journey of exploring possibilities of movement and experimenting multiple relations between movement and space. We constantly look for challenging our artistic creativity, also collaborating with other art forms and artists. We are proud to be Dance Company in Residence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, which has officially been our home since 2016. Cambridge Contemporary Dance is driven to develop artistic projects within the Cambridge area offering the possibility to anyone to join our practice sessions at Homerton College dance studio.
Open practice sessions available every Wednesday starting from 4 th October
Time: 6.30pm- 7.30
Venue: Homerton College dance studio
Price: £ 5 donation (free admission for Homerton College students only)
For more info about company’s members and teachers, please visit:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cambridgecontemporarydance/
Cambridge University Cheerleading Society (The Cougars)
The Cougars are a competitive cheerleading squad attending competitions across the country. We perform a routine in front of a panel of judges, and are marked on criteria including skill difficulty, originality and complexity. Routines involve dance, tumbling, jumps, stunting and pyramids. To prepare we train three times a week, twice learning and perfecting the routine and once conditioning to improve fitness. The Cougars are 4 times Varsity champions against Oxford and last season placed 2nd in our division at a national competition. For the 2016-17 season, we are continuing to train with an All Girl Level 2 squad and introducing a Co-ed Level 1 squad. We have a stand at the fresher’s fair and in the same week we will have a couple of taster sessions for newbies to learn the basics, so come along and give it a try. More information can be found on Facebook @CambridgeCougars.
Cambridge University Caledonian Society
The Cambridge University Caledonian Society is a social club for true Scots and Caledonophiles alike. We organise relaxed reeling practices on Saturday evenings and two sumptuous dancing balls a year. In addition we have a Burns’ night dinner, whisky tasting and less formal socials. Complete beginners always welcome - see you at our Freshers' Pub Crawl!
Cambridge Dancers' Club
The Cambridge Dancers' Club is one of the largest dance clubs in the country, with around 1000 members joining each year. We offer a comprehensive timetable of 24 classes each week, covering ballroom & latin, salsa and rock'n'roll dancing across varying ability levels. We organise free social dancing every Friday at the University Centre's Main Dining Hall from 8:30 to 10:30 pm and we organise an annual Ball. For those who wish to compete our two teams, the Cambridge University Dancesport Team and the Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll Team, provide the opportunity to dance from a beginner up to a very high level in ballroom & latin dancesport and rock'n'roll. We have lots of classes for total beginners, and we have a few free taster sessions in Freshers' Week for beginners to try us out - so if you've never danced before please come along, have fun and learn some basic dancing!
Cambridge University Dancesport Team
Artistry meets athleticism: Dancesport is the official title of lnternational Standard (Ballroom) and Latin American dancing. The Cambridge University Dancesport Team is the closest you can get to the Strictly Come Dancing experience. We represent Cambridge in inter-university competitions, in dances such as waltz, quickstep, cha-cha, and jive. Trained by professional coaches, we have been undefeated for the past 5 years.We have discretionary full-blue status for both men and women and we compete in an annual Varsity match against Oxford. We have three teams for all abilities and backgrounds: 18 couples make up first team, who represent Cambridge in the team match at competitions; other dancers with previous ballroom/latin experience can continue to improve their skills on second team; and there's a beginners team to join if you've never done ballroom or latin before. So whether you have danced before or not, you can join in — all you need is passion and team spirit!
Cambridge Lindy Hoppers
Cambridge Lindy Hoppers is a non-profit society aimed at promoting Lindy Hop and other forms of swing dancing in Cambridge. We started out in 2006 as a small group of Lindy Hoppers in Cambridge who came together to share our enthusiasm for Lindy Hop swing dancing, and have grown into a very active scene which runs drop-in classes and social dancing at least three nights a week, holding regular workshops and events with teachers from all over the world!
We perform, teach, dance socially, and eat lots of cake at every opportunity. We welcome anyone of any level of experience, and our membership is drawn from all age groups and walks of life. Members take part in a lot of local and national events, as well as occasionally venturing further afield!
Cambridge University Lion Dance Troupe
Established in January 1999, the Cambridge University Lion Dance Troupe aims to build interest in the ancient Chinese art of lion dance, and provides its services to the community by putting up performances when requested or invited to do so. Lion dance is performed with two dancers wearing a lion costume and mimicking a lion's movements. The dance is accompanied by the drum, cymbals and gong. Another important character in most lion dance performances is the Da Tou Fuoor Laughing Buddha, who constantly taunts and plays with the lion. Everyone is welcome so come and join us if you want to try out something unique and fun!
Cambridge University Mexican Folk Dance Group
We are a group of Mexicans and non-Mexicans who enjoy Mexican Folk Dance. Our group was founded in 2013 by students, postdocs and research staff of the University of Cambridge. The group has grown and shrank in size as students come and go, but our energy and passion for Mexican culture and traditional dancing remains the same. We are always welcoming new members interested in dancing, learning about Mexican culture or just have some fun and exercise. We have participated in various events like the annual Dance Showcase at the ADC theatre in 2014 and 2015, we have been invited to dance at the Trinity May Ball in 2014 and the Anthropology museum and we have also performed in a number of Garden and Mexican parties around Cambridge. The group has a very nice and varied collection of traditional costumes from different regions of the country that we use for the different dances.
Cambridge University Oriental Dance Association
We are an association for everyone who is interested in either dance or oriental culture. Our features not only include traditional oriental dance, but also modern dance, which is popular and attractive. If you want to learn oriental dance or dance with Asians, join us! We offer traditional dance and popping classes for beginners. If you are an experienced dancer (whatever your speciality is), join us and take our Annual Dance Show on week 1 Lent term as the best platform!
Cambridge University Pole Society
Pole dance and fitness is a wonderful way to not only get fit but also to let loose, have fun, make great friends and improve your coordination and grace. Pole dancing is for everyone: all genders, all ages, all shapes and sizes and all abilities! Come along to our free taster sessions this Michaelmas and see for yourself! You won't regret it. We will be hosting showcases for those keen to perform and also be participating in a national inter university competition for those of you so inclined. Looking forward to seeing you! :)
Cambridge University Rock'n'Roll
CURnR is a small, but growing, DanceSport team in Cambridge, dancing (almost) exclusively the acrobatic Rock n Roll style of Dance. This is a very lively style of dance, which demands a high level of stamina and fitness – all taken to the next level with breath-taking acrobatics. Acrobatics are done in pairs; so you’ll be amazed at what you can do with relatively little training. We take beginners throughout the year, and are keen to get more enthusiastic dancers on board.
Cambridge University English Country Dance Club (The Round)
At The Round we dance English folk dances. A main part of our dances are Playford dances (think of Jane Austen dances, but less seriously). But we also do Ceildih dances and American style contras. The Round meets every Thursday at 8 pm in Wesley Methodist Church. All dances are called and walked through beforehand so no experience is required. We also organise bigger Ceilidhs and thematic evenings such as the Jane Austen Evening and the Playford Ball. More information about our events and a timetable can be found on the website.
Cambridge University Strathspey and Reel Society
Scottish country dancing is a dance style similar to ceilidh dancing, but with more interesting figures and with simple, graceful footwork. We run dancing sessions every Monday, 8-10pm at Wesley Methodist Church, to which everyone is welcome – no partner, no experience and no kilt necessary. Each session includes a bit of ceilidh dancing, some teaching of steps and figures, and an hour of social dancing (all walked and called). Your first two classes are free, so there's no excuse for not giving it a go! We also run a few other regular classes, as well as special events throughout the year – see our website for more details.
Cambridge University Tap and Jazz Society
CUTAZZ (Cambridge University Tap and Jazz Society) is a fun and inclusive society running classes in tap, jazz, lyrical, street and salsa, along with several fitness classes. There are weekly classes for a range of abilities from beginner to intermediate to advanced. We run workshops and organise socials, so all dancers can interact beyond the studio. We also hold an exciting annual show, where there is the opportunity to choreograph your own routine, and some members have the chance to participate in competitions across the UK, including varsity.
Granta Blue Morris
Granta Blue Morris is a mixed (both men and women) Cotswold side based in Cambridge. We are a young side both in terms of average age and having formed in 2010. We enjoy having fun dancing, drinking tea/beer and eating cake. We are very relaxed and always welcome new people along as musicians or dancers. We practise regularly from autumn to spring and dance out at festivals, days of dance, pubs and other events in the summer.
Gog Magog Molly
Formed in 1996 Gog Magog Molly draw from the traditional dances of the Cambridgeshire fens as well as a range of other inspirations including Harry Potter, a one-way system, a doctoral thesis and local punting hazards, all done with our own distinctive geometric precision and danced to a high-energy step-hop. Gogs are an easily spotted kaleidoscope of colour right up to our carefully unco-ordinating faces. We perform at about 25 events a year, ranging from well-known summer folk festivals to dancing outside local pubs, and from teaching in local schools to Whittlesea Strawbear. We meet on Tuesdays from 8-10pm every fortnight during term time at Murray Edwards, absolutely no previous experience necessary.
Queens' College Contemporary Dance Society
QCDS offers regular contemporary dance technique classes and choreography workshops with live musical accompaniment. All classes are led by our Dance Artist in Residence, Adèle Thompson, who also produces and directs the annual performance “Sprung!” each Lent term. Queens’ College is proud to be the only Oxbridge college with a professional Dance Artist in Residence. The post of Dance Artist in residence ensures that dance at Queens’ remains at a most prestigious level. QCDS classes for Michaelmas term start on Friday 14th October.
Wolfson Latin Nights
Wolfson Latin Nights (a.k.a Wolfsday) is one of Cambridge's largest social dance nights, held in the beautiful setting of Wolfson College. Open to everyone, Wolfsday aims to share our passion for social dance with you and ensure that you have FUN at our classes and on the dance floor! In addition to teaching L.A. Crossbody Salsa, Wolfsday is the ONLY night in Cambridge that runs regular, multi-level Crossbody On1 Salsa classes and Bachata classes plus monthly Zouk classes. After our classes, we have a FREE mixed social where you can practice your dance skills and enjoy the best music with our very own inhouse DJs. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced dancer we have a place for you. We pride ourselves on our intimate, high quality, creative, friendly and fun atmosphere.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/dancelatinincambridge/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wolfsonlatinnights/
Wolfson Tango Society
Argentine Tango is one of the most beautiful, sensual and elegant dances of modern times. It allows two people to connect intimately through movement on a dance floor. At the Wolfson Tango Society, we want to share our passion for this exquisite dance. Both our community and Tango itself are beginner-friendly: if you can walk, you can Tango. We organise lessons and social dancing every Saturday, providing an opportunity to dance, make friends, have fun and relax over the weekend.
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