Team Trials

Trials for the academic year 2018-2019

  • Saturday 6th of October 2018
  • Chesterton Sports Centre
  • Gilbert Road, CB4 3NY (map)
  • Registration starts at 10am
  • Trials commence at 10:30am
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The Cambridge University Dancesport Team holds trials 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 is welcome to join (and not just from Cambridge University – the team often has members from Anglia Ruskin and the Open University). You don’t need to 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 2017-2018 in the IVDC A-E Teams and/or Varsity A-B Teams.

If any of these apply to you, please arrive at Chesterton Sports Centre on the 6th for the afternoon registration, commencing at 1pm.

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 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.

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!