Dancing in Cambridge
IVFDF is fantastic! but there are 362 other days a year when you’ll want dance, so if you live in Cambridge, or are just passing through, here is information on what's going on:
For general listings there is a google calendar
The Round: Cambridge University English Country Dance Club
The Round meets every Thursday during term time for Playford dancing – picture Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy – as well as some ceilidh dances and American-style contras. All dances are walked through beforehand and called during, so no experience, no partner are required. We also organise a Ceilidh series and special events such as the annual Playford Ball and ever-popular Jane Austen evenings, while the ‘Summer Round’ continues through the long vacation, dancing on Jesus Green.
Coming soon are a ceilidh with Dancing Yew on 3rd March, a Jane Austen evening on 11th March with the Big Round Band, Colin Hume and Kai Hugtenburg calling, and on 18th March, Interesting American Squares, again with the fabulous Colin Hume (also running a workshop at IVFDF).
For further details, see https://round.soc.srcf.net/index
Cambridge University Strathspey and Reel Society (CUSRC)
If you’re unfamiliar with Scottish country dancing, imagine something similar to very lively ceilidh dancing, with interesting figures and simple, graceful footwork. CUSRC meet every Monday in term time and everyone is welcome – all dances walked beforehand and called, so no partner, no experience required. In Michaelmas the emphasis is on introducing beginners to SCD – each session starts with half an hour ceilidh dancing, followed by half an hour teaching and an hour’s social dancing; during the rest of the year, we drop the half hour ceilidh, and practice for balls and other events – beginners are very welcome all year, but will find it easiest in Michaelmas. Your first two classes are free, so there's no excuse for not giving it a go! We also hold special events throughout the year, including the Oxford–Cambridge Highland Ball, this year 4th March in the other place.
On Wednesdays, we run a technique class run in conjunction with the RSCDS, for those with a little experience who can find their way around.
For further details: http://cusarc.soc.srcf.net
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 every fortnight during term time, absolutely no previous experience necessary.
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.
Cambridge University Ceilidh Band
The Cambridge University Ceilidh Band is a thriving non-audition society of energetic musicians brought together by our inexhaustible enthusiasm for folk music. While the society's origins are in folk tunes from the British Isles, our interests have expanded and we now perform a wider variety of folk music. Rehearsals on Thursdays, events throughout the year.
For further details: http://www.cucb.co.uk
Royal Scottish Dance Society, Cambridge
More excellent Scottish Country Dancing. The local RSCDS runs beginner/intermediate and advanced classes, Ladies’ Step classes (not just for women – you can try this elegant style of dance in a workshop at IVFDF) and special events.
For further details: http://www.rscds-cambridge.org
Scottish Society, SCD
For Scottish Country Dance on Thursdays and special events with interesting dance programmes.
For further details: http://www.camscotsoc.org.uk
Capriole Society for Early Dance
For further details http://www.capriolsociety.org
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 on performances when 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!
Further details: https://www.srcf.ucam.org/culdt
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! Looking forward to seeing you! :)
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.
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 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.
This is merely a sample of what's on offer. The Cambridge University Dance Society (CUDS) is a hub for dancers and dance groups in Cambridge. For information about other societies go to: