Team Trials

Trials for the academic year 2020-2021

Due to COVID-19, we will be unable to hold the large partnering session we usually hold at the beginning of each year. In line with government guidelines, at the moment all official CUDT training will be danced solo. Please see the Information for 2020–21 and our Facebook page for any updates, and sign up here to be added to our mailing list for information about Freshers’ Week, taster sessions and joining CUDT.

CUDT holds ‘trials’ (really, more of a partnering session) at the start of each year, both to look for new talent to bring into the team, and to form the most competitive partnerships we can for the year ahead. Whether you are completely new to Dancesport, or already a seasoned competitor, this event is a chance for you to meet old members of the team and new ones (like yourself), as well as to try out with potential dance partners.

Any university student from the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University and the Open University is welcome to join. You don’t need to have any experience or come with a partner, and you can wear whatever you feel comfortable dancing in. 

In a few cases you will not be required to attend the morning session. This applies if you:

  • have danced at IVDC at Intermediate final or Advanced level, or
  • have danced on the open circuit at Pre-Champ/B class level or above, or
  • represented Cambridge in 2019-2020 in the IVDC A-D Teams and/or Varsity A-B Teams.

Format of team trials


The first round of trials is for everyone new to the team. You will be a given a short choreography to learn and a little time to practise, and then you will dance the choreography in small groups, in front of our coaches. They’re not just looking for how well you can dance now, but also for potential to improve. If you don’t make it through this round, we’ll let you know about the different options for you to take your Ballroom and Latin dancing further. If you’re a beginner, we would welcome you to join our Beginners’ Team, which competes against beginners from other universities.

For those who make it through the first round, you’ll be joined after lunch by our returning dancers, who represented the team at Nationals and Varsity last year. You’ll all take part in a second round of trials, in a similar format to the first, but with more challenging choreography.

After the second round, the partnering session begins – you will be asked to dance with many potential dance partners, and the coaches will try to match up dancers to form the best partnerships. It’s often difficult to decide on partnerships right away, because the whole team has to fit together, so after the session ends, the coaches and captains will leave to discuss the different options for the team. You will find out the result soon afterwards, but in the meantime everyone will be invited for dinner and a social at a local pub to start off the new year with our new team!

If you would like to join the team but can’t make trials for any reason, get in touch with our Captains ( so that we can still consider you for the team.

We look forward to seeing you there!