Learn to dance with us!
We have classes and social dances four nights a week in four swinging styles. Don’t know which style is for you? Then check out our dance style guide.
Blues Dance Night – Mondays
Find out all about Blues here
7.30pm – 8.30pm: Class
All levels class in blues partner dancing. No need to bring a partner, you get to dance with everyone.
8.30pm – 10.30pm: Social dance (with regular live music performances!)
Cost: £6 (non-members) / £5 (Cambridge Swing Dance members / Cambridge Union Society members)
Where: Blue Room at the 1815 Bar & Café, 9A Bridge Street, Cambridge, CB2 1UB. See map.
Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag – Tuesdays
Beginners Classes followed by all styles social dance
Come and join us for our weekly jazz club and swing dancing on Tuesday nights in Cambridge: The Hideaway Hop
Complete with a beautiful dance floor and lots of friendly swing dancers. Enjoy the swingin’ sounds of local bands and even learn how to trip the light fantastic yourself with a fun Lindy Hop taster dance class at 7.30pm (suitable for complete beginners). There is also a Collegiate Shag Taster class in the downstairs room (please pay upstairs).
We’re lucky to have a live band on most Tuesday nights during the year, and when there isn’t a band there will be great swing DJing instead! See our calendar for details of band nights.
7.30pm – 8.30pm: Absolute Beginners Class (choice of lindy hop or collegiate shag)
8.30pm – 10.30pm: Social dancing with a band or DJ
Cost: £7 (non-members), £6 (members). On DJ nights, entry is a pound cheaper.
Where: University Social Club (Upper Hall), Entrance on Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX. See map.
Lindy Hop Class Night – Wednesdays
Learn about Lindy Hop here!
Classes are taught in monthly blocks and start on the first Wednesday of the month. You are welcome to join in at any time, but particularly if you don’t have much dance experience or if you haven’t danced with us before, we recommend trying to attend a whole block from the start of a month, as later classes only do a quick recap of the essential material from past classes. No partner required, we rotate throughout the class.
No previous dance experience is required. You will learn 6-count, 8-count and Charleston basic steps in a fun environment.
As a guide, you should have at least 3-6 months’ dance experience, and should feel comfortable with both 6- and 8-count basics, including the Charleston, Swing Out (Lindy turn), Circle, and simple footwork variations. We recommend that you attend at least three 4-week Beginner blocks before attempting this class if you have no previous dance experience, and that you should be able to comfortably dance for a whole track on the social dance floor, using the moves above. This class focuses on improving your dancing in a fun and challenging environment and covers fundamental social dancing techniques such as connecting with your partner, improving your footwork, and musicality.
7.30pm – 8.30pm: Lindy Hop Beginners class
9.00pm – 10.00pm: Lindy Hop Intermediate class
There will be a time for a little social dancing between and after classes.
Cost: £7 (non-members) / £6 (members) for one or two classes. £2/£1 for the social dancing alone.
We are currently not running regular weeknight Balboa classes but we still have lots of events happening:
All the following events are at St Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 3AN.
May 7th 2018 – Bank Holiday Balboa Dance + Taster Class for beginners
Taster class: 2:30-3:30pm, social dancing after until 6:30pm
Price:£6, CSD members £5
Thursday Nights in May – Balboa Block for Beginners and Intermediates
May 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
7.30 pm – 8.30 pm – Beginners class
9.00 pm – 10.00 pm – Intermediates class
Plus half an hour of practice and social dance time after each class.
Price:£6, CSD members £5
Saturday 9th June – Balboa consolidation workshop
This workshop is aimed at Balboa beginners and improvers, anyone who’s dipped their toe in before but wants to get back or simply wants to improve their technique. The workshop will cover the fundamental footwork and moves and aims to improve your technique and flow of the dance.
Please see the event page for more information. Also an evening dance with Django’s Tiger!
Look out for the latest balboa workshops in our monthly newsletters and on the Balboa Facebook group.
Learn to dance Balboa, a swing dance that originated in Southern California during the 1920s and 1930s.
Learn about Balboa here.
You’ll learn the fundamental footwork of Balboa as well as the classic shapes and moves.
Things get a bit more tricky but you’ll be learning some more intricate moves and footwork. You should be confident switching smoothly between a variety of basics and figures in both pure Balboa and Bal-swing. If you have any questions please ask one of our teachers.