Learn to dance with us!

We have classes and social dances three nights a week in several swinging styles.  Don’t know which style is for you?  Then check out our dance style guide.

Mondays – Blues Dance Night

Where: Upstairs at The Emperor, 21 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1NW.

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)

Tuesdays – Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag

Where: University Social Club (Upper Hall),  Entrance on Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX.  See map.

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 many 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.

Wednesdays – Lindy Hop Class Night

Where:  Main Hall at St Paul’s, Hills Rd, Cambridge, CB2 1JP. See map.

Learn about Lindy Hop here!

Classes are taught in 4-week blocks and start on the first Wednesday of the month.
Where there is a 5th Wednesday in the month look out for special classes – we will often be teaching a routine or other jazz dance style on those nights!

No partner required, we rotate throughout the class.

Beginners: 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Never danced before?  No problem these classes are for YOU.  No previous dance experience is required.

Our beginners curriculum follows a progressive 12 week cycle over three monthly class blocks.  You can start any week, 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.

Most people will need to complete the beginners cycle at least twice before progressing to Intermediate class.

You will learn 6-count, 8-count and Charleston basic steps and moves in  relaxed fun environment.

Beginners Block Cycle Class Block Theme
1 2 3 4
January April July October Six Count Swing
February May August November Eight Count Swing
March June September December Charleston

Intermediates: 9.00pm – 10.00pm

As a guide, you should have at least 6 months’ dance experience and have completed our beginners course at least twice.

You should feel comfortable with both 6- and 8-count basics, including the Charleston, Swing Out (Lindy turn), Circle, and simple footwork variations 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.

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.

Thursdays – Balboa

Balboa is a swing dance from Southern California. Find out more about Balboa here.
Where: Upstairs at The Emperor, 21 Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 1NW.
8.00pm – 8.45pm: Class
All-levels Balboa class
8.45pm – 10.30pm: Social dance
Cost: £6 (non-members) / £5 (Cambridge Swing Dance members)
We also run a monthly Balboa social at The Emperor. Watch out for these and other events in the CSD newsletter, or follow our  for the Balboa Facebook group for regular updates.


By becoming a member of our club you can save money on our weekly classes as well as our weekend events.  Memberships can only be purchased on the door at one of our weekly classes.

Memberships can be purchased at any time but renew annually in April.


Cambridge Swing Dance classes are taught by a variety of different teachers each with many years of experience.   You will learn different skills and get alternative perspectives even when the underlying material is similar.  No two dances are ever the same and the same can be said of our classes!