CU Ballet Club
If you are interested in doing ballet during your time at Cambridge, then the Ballet Club has something to offer you. Society classes are open to students and members of the public, and run during full term. You don't have to book or pay in advance - just turn up to any class!
Whether you are a complete beginner or if you have had a professional dance career, we offer classes, workshops and performance opportunities in which you can get involved. The highlight of each year is our Lent Show, where we adapt a full-length ballet to be performed by the entirety of our Ballet Club.
CU Capoeira society
Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that brings together elements of martial arts, acrobatics, dance and music in a game. Developed by Angolian slaves in 16th century, Capoeira is a by-product of a culture of resistance of an enslaved people in the past. It is a ritualistic game played in a circle of people, the Roda, where the berimbau (main instrument) leads the capoeira orchestra and sets the pace of the game. The game is based on an unrehearsed combination of attack and defence movements spiced with acrobatic tricks where the aim is get the other either through kicks or sweeps or take downs. Songs tell stories, the chorus and rhythmic claps amplifies the hit from the music that engages all members together creating an amazing energy, the Axé, of the Roda. Gathered in a circle, capoeiristas also practice maculelê – a ritual dance with the sticks, turn into machetes for the advanced students. Capoeira brings us back to our primitive origins long forgotten by our society where every single individual in the circle can equally influence the outcome and each other not with words but actions.
CUCaPS, a newly-established Cambridge University Capoeira Society, aims to promote and share the culture of capoeira amongst the members of the University. We are an inclusive and welcoming community: whether you are interested in getting fitter, learning a martial art, playing African music, or, perhaps, just want to know more about Brazilian culture — you are welcome to the group! Our classes are joined with the Grupo Senzala Cambridge with Mestre Pedro from Rio de Janeiro, and, thus, all Cambridge capoeiristas and their guests train together.
cambridge dancers' club
The Cambridge Dancers' Club is a non-profit town & gown society. In addition to serving students in the region (from Cambridge University but also Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge Regional College and the Open University), our classes and practices are open for other adult members of the local population who want to dance - and we even have a few non-resident members.
cu oriental dance association
Cambridge University Oriental Dance Association (CUODA) was founded in April 2013. Our aim is to gather passionate dancers in the region to recreate a myriad of oriental dance genres and promote oriental culture in the UK. As a young society, we sincerely welcome everyone who is interested in dancing to join our society. No matter which country you are from, which dance style you prefer–classic, modern, traditional, contemporary, hip-hop, etc., or whether you have ever danced before, you will always find your niche in CUODA. Here, we hope we could all be bound by our common passion, build on each other’s strengths, spark new creativity through our communication, and most importantly, enjoy every minute of us dancing together!
Ruskin raiders dance team
CALLING ALL DANCERS! We are the Ruskin Raiders Dance Team! Alongside the Cheer team, we compete for ARU every year. The Hip-Hop team was formed in 2016, winning 2nd place in the ICC University Nationals both years running! We introduced a Lyrical team in 2017, and quickly won 2nd place for that division too!
Our all-star coaches also choreograph and coach for Team England Hip-Hop, who compete at Worlds in Florida every year.
Our family grows every year so we would love to have you tryout for one of our competitive teams, or come along to our social team which is not competitive! Social team is a mix of both Cheer and Dance, so you will learn the basics of two sports!
Cambridge bachata classes
We are a team of Latin dancers who run weekly online classes, and monthly Workshops. We have been teaching, performing, and competing in National and International dance congresses for 4 years. At the same time, we have been running our dance teams, and our classes in Cambridge. We teach different styles of Bachata (Moderna, Sensual, Dominicana and Fusion ), but we call our style: Bachata Romantica. Due to the current situation, apart from partnerwork classes, we also teach footwork and styling classes (no partner needed). Find all the information about our classes and events on our website :
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cu Lion dance troupe
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance in Asian culture with acrobatics that mimic a lion’s movement. Together with the Da Tou Fuoor Laughing Buddha, each performance tells a story to bring good fortune. The Cambridge University Lion Dance Troupe follows the He Shan (Crane Mountain) school of traditional lion dance, passed down through generations of practice at the University.
the round/cu english country dance club
English Country Dancing offers a wide variety of dances, from lively and energetic to smooth and graceful, set to wonderful tunes from a wide range of composers from Trad through Purcell and Handel and Mozart to many modern composers writing specifically for dancing. Some dances are easy, others are more of a challenge, but they are all taught and called, so you don’t need to have any previous experience of the form. All are welcome to join us; you don’t need to come with a partner, and we usually change partners for each dance anyway. Note that this is social dancing, quite different from display styles such as Morris.
CU BOLLYWOOD DANCE TROUPE
CU Bollywood Dance Troupe was established last year (2018) in an effort to combat the lack of non-Western art forms available in Cambridge. Since this, we have performed for occasions such as Mastana, CUHCS's annual Asian cultural show, and International Women's Day at Murray Edwards College. We also ran a series of open classes in Easter term for a weekly stress-busting workout, which we hope to do again next year. As a very new society, we strive to achieve big things in the future. Next year, we hope to participate in the national inter-university competition 'Just Bollywood'.
Auditions take place at the beginning of the academic year in Michaelmas - any vacancies that occur thereafter will be advertised. About half of our current troupe has little or no dance experience, so don't worry about not having danced before! However, we do also value expertise in styles such as Indian classical dance and hiphop, especially for any budding choreographers. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, drop Jai Shende an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
cambridge contemporary dance
Cambridge Contemporary Dance was founded in 2007 by a group of dancers of the Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop. The company aims to provide a platform for dancers in Cambridge to create and perform very high quality new contemporary works both in Cambridge and further afield. We felt that there was a wealth of existing choreographic and performance experience from all over the world which would be stretched to its fuller potential by the provision of a new independent dance company, that provides opportunities to work collaboratively on longer, innovative new pieces of dance.
Cu dancesport team
The Cambridge University Dancesport Team (CUDT) represents the University of Cambridge at national Dancesport competitions across the country. CUDT has been National and Varsity Champion every year since 2012. We train and compete in the ten Dancesport dances: five Ballroom dances (Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Tango), and five Latin American dances (Cha cha cha, Jive, Samba, Rumba and Paso Doble). As well as competing, CUDT performs at various events, including May Balls and corporate functions. Its dancers also enjoy an active social calendar to unwind after a hard week’s training!
CUDT has provisions for every skill level, offering teaching for all from absolute beginners to dancers who already have considerable experience in the field. We have Discretionary Full Blue status for both men and women as of June 2016.
cu pole society
The Cambridge University Pole Society (CUPS) is the official pole dancing and pole fitness society of the University of Cambridge. Founded in 2016, we gained over 700 signups at the Freshers Fair.
We hold weekly classes for all abilities, go to competitions and hold some performances – keep an eye on our website for more details!
cu breakdancing club
Cambridge University Breakdancing Club (CUBiC) aims to provide a suitable environment for breaking and other styles of dance (e.g., Urban, street, Hip hop, etc).
cambourne balkan dance club
Are you interested in trying out Balkan country dance?
Folk dances from Balkan nations of south-east Europe are characterised with circular formation, energetic and intricate steps, and lively musics. The young and old, men and women, all enjoy dances in social and joyful occasions.
Every Sunday, amateur enthusiasts gather in Cambourne, near Cambridge, to practice the dances and have fun together. The current dance repertoire includes a variety of dances from mainly Bulgaria and Greece.
Some of the dancers are beginners, others are experienced, all are welcoming and keen to share their enthusiasm and expertise. Typically, easier dances are played in the earlier part of the session, saving the more difficult dances for later.
Our club is open to all. Everyone is welcome!
For more information about our weekly meet-ups, please visit our website from the link below or, find 'Cambourne Balkan Dance Club' on Facebook.
CU Acrobatic rock n roll
Acrobatic Rock 'n' Roll is more than dancing. It's flips and turns and kicks to the beat of some classic tunes, from Chuck Berry to Queen.
CURnR has a competition team and offers weekly classes.
cambridge swing dance
Cambridge Swing Dance C.I.C. is a non-profit company aimed at promoting Lindy Hop and other forms of swing dancing in Cambridge as well as helping the health and well being of its residents and those who visit us.
While our origins are with Lindy Hop, we also promote other related Swing Dances, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Blues and a few others besides from time to time!
CUTAZZ Dance Society is a student run society of the University of Cambridge. We offers classes in Street, Commercial, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical from beginners to advanced level. We also host the Cambridge University Competition Dance Team which competes in national competitions against other UK universities each year.
CUTAZZ is a great way to enjoy dance, unwind and make new friends from across Cambridge (and the world!). It is a place for everyone who dances and everyone who desires to. We welcome people of all backgrounds, ages, and interests with this common ground opening classes to anyone in the Cambridge area, not just to University students.
Classes are taught by a mixture of professional and student teachers and are held mostly in rooms within the colleges of the University. Every February, CUTAZZ stages a sell-out annual dance show at the Leys School giving our members the opportunity to showcase their talent.
The Cambridge University Competition Dance Team has grown tremendously over the past four years and succeeded highly on a national stage. Undefeated at the Varsity competition against Oxford University, and placing in all categories at the Manchester 2019 competition the team welcomes talented dancers who want to continue performing at a high level during their time at university.
Competitive cheerleading is an exciting and high-intensity sport combining stunting, tumbling, jumps and dance. Usually, we have two competition teams, a Co-Ed and an All Girl, which compete in the Oxbridge Varsity and University Nationals, but some years we’ve also competed in the Pom-cheer category (a routine made up entirely of the dance aspect of cheerleading) and placed 2nd at nationals! We also perform at events such as May Balls and Varsities, and post competition season we hold relaxed open sessions and a college cuppers competition.
We welcome everyone to give cheerleading a try! Many of our athletes have a background in dance or gymnastics, and started cheer to get into a new team sport! If you would like to give it a go, pop into one of our taster sessions and check out our website for more updates on how you can get involved.
INFUSION PHYSICAL THEATRE
We are professional group with open classes on Mondays, and community performance opportunities for class participants who are interested in a little extra. We are about 10 minutes cycle ride from Kings Parade, straight down Trumpington Road. Trumpington Village Hall, next to Hudsons Ale House. We have a student rate available for students who wish to buy a class card.
Dynamic bodies moving in space, time, and spirit.
Infusion Physical Theatre combines contemporary dance, non-traditional partnering, mime, puppetry and circus with soulful touches of humor, longing, tragedy, and the human spirit in bodily form. Founded in 2013 by Cambridge-based artists Daniel and Melanie Cossette, Infusion has performed site-specific work for the National Trust’s Winter Lights, in Project Dance London and Paris, in Resolution! Dance Festival (London), Sprung ( Queens College, Cambridge),and innovative new dance café, as well as teaching regularly both locally and abroad. With a Christian ethos Infusion seeks to engage audiences in physical discussions of life, social justice and faith through the body and movement.
Latest accomplishments include the launch of our professional counter-trafficking/social justice show Just Sex, addressing trafficking for sexual exploitation, performed in the heart of Cambridge alongside Cambridge Centre of Applied Research in Human Trafficking. Also our recurring home-town event the Dance and Mime Cafe, where our community dancers and other local groups join forces to present an evening of coffee, tea, and performance!
wolfson tango society
Join our lessons for beginners and social dancing at Wolfson College Cambridge. Usually we have our tango nights on Saturdays at the Lee Hall at Wolfson College but please check our calendar for more information.
CU strathspey & reel club
.Cambridge University Strathspey and Reel Club (CUSRC), or simply the Reel Club, is a society devoted to Scottish Country Dancing (SCD).
During term time, we hold two meetings a week, social dancing on Mondays and Advanced Class on Wednesdays. The Monday sessions are led by a team of four qualified, expert teachers and everyone is very welcome - you don't need any experience or a partner. In Michaelmas, new dancers are introduced to basic figures (or patterns) in the first half hour or so, followed by general dancing where we put what we've learnt into practice. In Lent and Easter terms, teaching in the first half hour continues, and programmes are usually based on upcoming dances and balls. New figures are taught as required, and if you've missed the Michaelmas introduction, don't worry, it's all very friendly and we'll catch you up. All dances throughout all sessions will be walked and called.
cu irish dance
The Irish Dance Society is for anyone interested in Irish dance -- whether you're a die-hard Riverdance fan or have never danced a step. Irish dance is a great art form if you're looking for something with the grace of ballet and the percussive rhythms of tap, or if you just really really hate using your arms... We run classes for all abilities throughout term time, and usually do a performance or two around St Patrick's Day. This year, we're hoping to expand our activities to include more socials and collaboration with other societies, including Irish dance societies from other universities. In the past, we've performed at college St Patrick's Day formals and taught children's birthday parties, so we're willing to try most things at this point!
CU Kpop Society
Cambridge University Kpop Society allows Kpop lovers across the university to meet and enjoy all aspects of the genre together. We hold weekly dance classes, as well as termly socials, formals, and award show viewings.
Our members connect through the language of Kpop - whether this be through literally learning Korean, learning the names of Kpop groups and their members, joining group fandoms and memorizing fan chants, or learning the dances to iconic Kpop songs.
Our weekly dance classes seek to give members a complete understanding of Kpop by teaching them choreographies to iconic Kpop songs. We are an unconventional society, as almost all of our members are either self-taught dancers or complete beginners. Our dance classes therefore provide a nurturing environment for members to grow as dancers while deepening their appreciation of this fascinating music genre.
In Kpop, choreographies are just as integral to a song as the songs themselves. Thus, learning to dance allows our members to become even more appreciative of the multifaceted world that is Kpop.
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