The 2020 Intervarsity Dancesport Competition took place on the 22nd of February, almost six months ago now. Compared to the dreary, monotonous days of lockdown, memories of Nationals seem like a dream. CUDT had an incredibly successful day, following two terms of incredibly hard work.Read more “IVDC 2020: A successful day in a pre-COVID time”
The 46th Dancesport Varsity Match took place on Saturday 4th May, 2018 at the Cambridge University Sport Centre – the final fixture of the season for the Cambridge University Dancesport Team and their chance to seal another undefeated season.Read more “CUDT wins Varsity for the eigth consecutive time”
After a though run earlier this term in Sheffield and Cardiff, CUDT travelled to Blackpool on Saturday 23rd February to take part in the 57th Inter-Varsity Dance Competition (IVDC) – the National Championship of the student dancesport circuit, which boasts more than 1000 competitors. We arrived again as defending champions, and amid some very tough competition, came away with the ‘best overall team’ title for the eigth consecutive year.
Read more “CUDT is National Champion 2019”
The Nottingham Varsity Ball, on Sunday the 25th November, was the first Inter-Varsity competition for CUDT of the year. After just six weeks of intense choreography learning and training, established couples, new partnerships and even those completely new to Dancesport were competing against other universities. With over 13 other universities in attendance, it was to be a long and testing day for each of CUDT’s competitors.Read more “Cambridge heads off to the first Competition of the academic year”
The 44th Dancesport Varsity Match took place on Saturday 6th May, 2017 at the Cambridge University Sport Centre – the final fixture of the season for the Cambridge University Dancesport Team and their chance to seal another undefeated season.
After a successful domestic season, Cambridge University Dancesport Team has extended its winning streak abroad with an international victory in China last weekend. The team was invited to send four of its top couples to compete in the first ever China Ballroom Dance Federation International Academy Team Match, competing against five other universities from the US and Asia: Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, National Taiwan University and Stanford University. Against some talented competition and in the face of some serious jet lag, CUDT secured the title with an impressive display.
After an unbeaten run earlier this term in Sheffield and Cardiff, CUDT travelled to Blackpool on Saturday 25th February to take part in the 55th Inter-Varsity Dance Competition (IVDC) – the National Championship of the student dancesport circuit, which boasts more than 1000 competitors. We arrived again as defending champions, and amid some very tough competition, came away with the title for the sixth consecutive year.
The Nottingham Varsity Ball was the first Inter-Varsity fixture for CUDT of the year, on Saturday 26th November 2016. After just six weeks of intense choreography learning and training, established couples, new partnerships and even those completely new to Dancesport would be tested against other universities. This year, the Nottingham competition was bigger than ever. Moved to a larger venue and with 22 other universities in attendance (including Oxford), it was to be a long and testing day for each of CUDT’s competitors.
CUDT is extremely honoured to announce that Dancesport has now been granted Discretionary Full Blue status for both men and women. While the women of CUDT have been recognised since 2013 for representing the University so successfully at university level, the first Extraordinary Full Blue to a male dancer was only awarded in 2015 (some fourteen years after the first award to a Cambridge woman), and as of June 2016 the Men’s Blues Committee has also granted Discretionary Full Blue status for men in Dancesport. This is a prestigious recognition that few sports at Cambridge enjoy and one that stemmed from the hard work and dedication to Dancesport of many generations of CUDT dancers. Read more “Dancesport enjoys Discretionary Full Blue status for men”
The 43rd Dancesport Varsity Match took place on Saturday May 14th, 2016 at Iffley Road Sports Centre, Oxford.
Varsity is uniquely different to all other Dancesport competitions that CUDT have been to so far. Each side enters two teams of nine couples to compete in the Varsity Match (A Team) and Challenge Match (B Team). In each match, each team is divided into three heats – the Home side A,B & C and the away side D,E & F. Each heat then dances against each of the opposite team’s heat in a straight final format where judges mark couples in descending order 1-6. A first mark earns six points for the team and a sixth placing earns 1 point. The scores are then added together across nine finals of each of the four dances – Waltz, Quickstep, Cha-cha-cha and Jive, and the team with the higher score wins. This format requires couples to be all-rounders in both Ballroom and Latin. The high number of final rounds to dance (twelve for each couple across four dances) and the length of each round means that fitness also plays an incredibly important role in this match. The Cambridge Squad has trained incredibly hard in the run up to this competition, determined to keep the Varsity Shield where it belongs. Read more “CUDT secures fifth consecutive Varsity title”