So what is The Round?

The Round is Cambridge University's English Country Dance Society, and was founded on November 28th, 1928. The Round originally danced mainly Playford dances (think Jane Austen but less seriously) but now dances a mix of Playford dances, ceilidh dances, American style contras and anything else the callers fancy. This site holds notation for many of the dances.

The Round meets every Thursday during full term between 8 pm and 10pm in Wesley Church Hall, Cambridge, England (by the Jesus Lane Roundabout on King Street), after which we will often retire to the pub.

A weekly meeting in full swing

Visitors and those with no University affiliation are very welcome to come along. No experience is necessary (all dances are walked through and explained, though student-level fitness and ability to pick things up tends to be assumed), and no partner is required.

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. Otherwise the following charges apply (as of 2015-16):

  Unwaged Waged
Single meeting £2.00 £2.50
Membership and entrance for 1 term £10.50 £15.00

We also organize ceilidhs to a live band, and will be running six this year. At the end of the year there's the Playford Ball, and its associated Punt Party.

Then there's the events we don't organise -- we always have a good turn-out for the summer festivals, and to the one and only Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival. We go to any good ceilidhs in the area, and try to meet up with other universities when we can.

At the weekly Round two different callers each week explain the dances, and members are encouraged to have a go. Most of the callers at the Round started here, and many of them are now in strong demand for calling other people's dances!

If you have any queries, then come along on Thursday nights to Wesley Church Hall or mail one of the committee.