Cambridge University Strathspey and Reel Club, or CUSRC/the Reel Club for short, is devoted to Scottish Country Dancing. If you haven't come across this style of dancing before, think of lively English ceilidhs (which use many of the same figures and may borrow a Scottish dance or two), but danced to a simple step and with a distinctive, Scottish way of combining the figures.
Everyone is welcome, not only students, but visitors and those with no University affiliation as well! No partner is required.
We run several weekly meetings and classes. See below for further details. In addition, we organise a range of special events: a dance or ball once a term - principally the Oxford and Cambridge Highland Ball in Lent term, as well as a summer dance and a celebration of St Andrew's night. There are also dances to recorded music, a punt party in the summer, and one-off events, organised whenever a committee or club member feels inspired, such as the dancing with paint, shown on the linked video.
Regular Meetings and Classes are held in the Wesley Methodist Church on King Street. To get to the Wesley Church go all the way along King Street, go through the car park to get in as the front door is likely to be shut.
The first meeting for Michaelmas 2015 will be held on 19th October, though there is a meeting on the 5th October, and a ceilidh on the 12th. Do come along!
Every Monday from 8-10pm we run a social dancing session, which
includes a small amount of teaching of the basic steps and figures. Everyone is
welcome on Mondays, from beginners to old hands, and you don't need to bring a partner.
The cost is £2 for members, £3 non-members, or £15 for the term plus membership (£5 for the year). First two weeks free so there's really no excuse not to give it a go! Refreshments are provided.
On Wednesdays during full term there is an advanced class which is run jointly with the Cambridge RSCDS branch between 8-10pm. Participation is open to all who are interested it improving their technique (there is much more emphasis on correct foot placement than in Mondays more social classes), class will be taught at a suitable level for the people who attend. The weekly cost is £2 (unwaged), £3 (waged), or £15/£22 respectively for the term.