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Sunday, June 12th, 2016
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.
The current Blues criteria, as of June 2016, for men and women are as follows:
Full Blues are awarded to all Cambridge men who represent the University in the Varsity A Team Match and, in addition, finish in the top three in the Advanced competition at the UK University National Championship (IVDC).
Full Blues are awarded to all Cambridge women who represent the University in the Varsity A Team Match and, in addition, fulfil ONE of the following: a/Finishing in the top three in the Advanced competition at the UK University National Championship; b/Making the top 48 at the British National Amateur Championship; c/Finishing in the top three in the Pre-Amateur competition at Champions of Tomorrow; d/Making the second qualifying round at the British Open Amateur Championship.
Half Blues are awarded to all Cambridge men and women who represent the University in the Varsity A Team Match and, in addition, fulfil ONE of the following: a/Finishing in the top 9 couples at the Varsity A Team Match; b/Making the final of the Advanced competition at the UK University National Championship.
CUDT would like to thank Captain Kien Trinh for his campaign and successful application, Kirsty Mary Davies whose work as President of the Women’s Blues Committee to address gender equality and fair and transparent governance of sports in Cambridge has played a significant role in this process. The team would also like to thank generations of Coaches, Captains and CUDT dancers past and present whose tireless work has led to this historic moment. Finally, CUDT would like to express our gratitude to the Men’s Blues Committee whose decision we wholeheartedly believe is the right one.