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Combined Beginners/Intermediate Class Advanced Class Ladies’ Step Dancing Highland Dancing

Combined Beginners/Intermediate (General) Class

Tuesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:30pm 
Dates: Classes will run every Tuesday between 10th September 2019 until 3rd December 2019, 7th January 2020 until 31st March 2020 and 21st April 2020 until 26th May 2020.

Classes will not be held during half term on 22nd October 2019 and 18th February 2020.

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

Advanced Class at Cambridge

Wednesday evenings, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Dates: Classes run every Wednesday between 9th October 2019 until 4th December 2019, 15th January 2020 until 11th March 2020 and 22nd April 2020 until 3rd June 2020.
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

Ladies’ Step Dancing

Sunday afternoons, 2:30 – 5:00pm 
Dates: Classes on the Third Sunday every month: 15th September, 20th October, 17th November 2019, 19th January 2020, 16th February 2020, 15th March 2020, 19th April 2020, 17th May 2020 and 21st June 2020.
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

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

Highland Class

Friday evenings 7:30 pm 
Dates: Selected Fridays of University term.
Venue: Christ College New Court Function room
Cost: No fee
Information Contact: 

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!