Cambridge University 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.

The Weekly Round meets every Thursday in Full Term, 8.00–10.00 p.m., in the Wesley Church Hall, King Street.
Your first two visits to the weekly Round are free, and you get a free session whenever you bring a friend who hasn’t been before.

The Michaelmas Term weekly meetings will continue until Thursday, 5th December. See the Diary page for details of other events.

The next Ceilidh will be on Saturday, 16th November 2019 with Flying Cat in Emmanuel United Reformed Church, 8.00–11.00 p.m.
Pay at the door, £5.00 for students, £8.00 for everyone else. No partner or experience required.

Don’t forget to sign up to the Round mailing list! To join, go to lists.cam.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/soc-round.

NEW for 2019-20! Ceilidh++ is a new venture for students and other young people who want to explore folk-dancing of any kind. To begin with, every meeting will have ceilidh-style dancing — simple, energetic dances — and in alternate weeks the second half will be an introduction to some type of folk dancing, led by someone experienced in that particular style. If that appeals, we can tell you where to find more of it; if it doesn’t, you can try something else two weeks later.

There will usually be live music, from a band led by experienced folk-dance musicians. Aspiring musicians are welcome to play with the band, and music workshops will be held from time to time. If you enjoy both music and dance, you can switch between the dance floor and the band from dance to dance.

This is just a start, and the format may change. We want members of the group to decide for themselves how it will evolve, but we hope it will provide a centre for anyone who enjoys any kind of folk dancing.

Come along to the Wesley Church Hall, King Street on Tuesdays, 8.00–10.15 p.m., starting on 15th October. Only £2.50 per session. You don’t need to come with a partner, or to have previous experience of any kind of dancing — an urge to move in time with lively music is all you need.

Club stuff

About the Round
Diary of events
The Big Round Band
The Playford Ball
The Punt Party
The Summer Round
The Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival
Maps to meetings and events
Mailing lists you should be on
Links to further information
Our constitution
Our etiquette guide
Core repertoire of dances
Hugh’s history of the Round
Dance history of dances called at the weekly Round
The Old Round, History of London Pride
Web site credits

Dance and music resources

Index of resources on this site
What are Playford dances? Includes a Playford family tree
Elements of English Country Dance (comprehensive explanation of Country Dance terminology)
Dancing well is more fun
A definitive answer about Siding
Notes on Calling
The Perfect Caller
Teaching points
Palmer’s Pocket Playford (an aide-memoire of common Playford dances)
Kentucky Running Set (as danced by the Round)
The Country Dance Book (original Cecil Sharp publications which started all of this)
The Round Band Book of Playford (music to Palmer’s Pocket Playford)
FAQs for schoolteachers

picture of a weekly meeting

Please report any problems with this site (missing pages, broken links, errors in information, etc., etc.) to the webmaster, currently ajs1 at cam dot ac dot uk. General enquiries about the Round may be addressed to round@cusu.cam.ac.uk.