For more information on any of the classes, please email cambridge.rscds@gmail.com.


Combined Beginners/Intermediate Class General class at Haddenham Advanced Class Ladies’ Step Dancing Highland Dancing

Combined Beginners/Intermediate (General) Class

Tuesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Dates: Classes restart on 12th September 2017 and run every Tuesday until 12th December excluding half term on 24th October.
Venue: Cockcroft Hall, Cockcroft Place, off Clarkson Road, CB3 0HF
Teacher: Jacqui Brocker and other certified teachers will attend to take the class with basic teaching and simpler dances for beginners at the beginning of the evening through to more advanced technique and dances towards the end of the evening.
Cost: £4.00 for RSCDS members
£5.00 for non-members
£2.50 for first time attendees
Mixed ability standard, but taught as elementary / intermediate.
Contact: Jacqui Brocker 07916 892611 jacquibrocker83@gmail.com

General Class at Haddenham

Tuesday evenings, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Dates: Classes begin again on 12th September 2017.
Venue: Arkenstall Village Centre, Station Road, Haddenham CB6 3XD
Teachers: Kerry Maguire (RSCDS Full Cert.) and Sheenah Adkins
Cost: £4.00 for RSCDS members
£5.00 for non-members
£2.50 for first time attendees
Contact: Ron or Sheenah 01353 659065  sheenah.adkins@btinternet.com

Advanced Class at Cambridge

Wednesday evenings, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Dates: Classes run every Wednesday until 29th November 2017. First class of term starts on 4th October 2017
Venue: Wesley Church Buildings, King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LG
Teacher: Kate Gentles (RSCDS Full Cert.)
Cost: £2.00 for students
£4.00 for non-students
This class is run by the Cambridge University Strathspey & Reel Club, but is recognised as the Branch Advanced Class.
Contact: Kate Gentles 01480 420054 kate@kbgentles.org.uk

Ladies’ Step Dancing

Sunday afternoons, 2:30 – 5:00pm 
Dates: Next class 18th June 2017

The move from the last Sunday of the month will be permanent as St Philip’s is not available on the 4th Sunday of the month
Venue: St Philip’s Church Centre, 185 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3AN
Teacher: Kate Gentles (RSCDS Full Cert.)
Cost: £3.00 for students
£5.00 for non-students
Contact: Kate Gentles 01480 420054 kate@kbgentles.org.uk

A bit of background on Ladies’ Step

Ladies’ step dancing is generally solo dancing, although some dances are written for couples or, occasionally, more dancers. It uses a number of basic steps – a few more than Scottish country dancing, although some are the same. The influence of both Scottish country dancing and ballet are clear. The dances range in difficulty, from those that need no more than three or four easy steps to those that are considerably more demanding. But that’s where the challenge – and the enjoyment – lies.

It originated in Scotland in the 17th and 18th centuries. Dancing masters would travel around the country, visiting both ‘the big house’ and the village hall to teach step dancing. As a style of dancing, it was more or less lost (or at least dying rapidly) when, in the 1950s, Tibby Cramb was given a manuscript dated 1841 that contained a number of step dances. To say that the instructions were obscure would be putting it mildly, so Tibby set about finding people who had learned these dances and could help her interpret the instructions. Since then, it has been revived as a form of traditional dancing. Like Scottish country dancing, not only are the old dances learned, but also new ones are written – a true living tradition!

Let Kate know if there is a particular dance you want to do

Contact: Kate Gentles 01480 420054 kate@kbgentles.org.uk

Highland Class

Thursday evenings 7:30 – 9:00 pm 
Dates: Next class: Thursday after start of term to be confirmed
Venue: Sidney Sussex college’s squash court
Teacher: Lindsey Ibbotson (RSCDS Full Cert.)
Cost: £3.00

Everyone welcome

As always, everyone is welcome to attend. We do not require any previous experience and cater for all abilities.

A bit of background on Highland

Highland dancing is one of the oldest forms of folk dance and both modern ballet and square dancing can trace their roots back to the Highlands. Historically, Highland Dancing was one of the various ways men were tested for strength, stamina, accuracy, and agility. Indeed, dating back to the 11th or 12th century, the Highland Dances of Scotland tended to be highly athletic male celebratory dances of triumph or joy, or warrior dances performed over swords and spiked shield. However, over the centuries, the dancing style has become more refined and now shares many elements with classical ballet. Although Highland Dancing was traditionally restricted to men, today it is performed by many women too.

What to wear

Some of you have been wondering what it’s best to wear. It’s always nice to have men in kilts, but of course that’s not mandatory. Any loose clothing, preferably with something above the knees, such as shorts or a skirt and a t-shirt of some sort is appropriate. It is warm work!

Contact: Lindsey Ibbotson 07977 905291 lindsey.ibbotson@gmail.com