The Committee

Stuart Knowles & Carrie Soderman

Captain & Vice-Captain

We are Stuart and Carrie, Captain and Vice-Captain of CUDT for 2020-2021. We both joined the team 2 years ago, Stuart as a beginner and Carrie on Second Team, and caught the competitive Dancesport bug! Through hard work and enthusiasm we’ve both progressed to now dance on First Team, and are proud to lead the whole of CUDT in the coming season. This year of dancing may well be unlike any CUDT has seen before, and will be full of new experiences and challenges for everyone. We are excited to help the CUDT family navigate the year however it unfolds, and to work with our coaches and wonderful committee to keep us all dancing, learning, and competing with the same drive, motivation and enjoyment as any other year. Please feel free to email us with any questions about Dancesport or the Cambridge team – whether you’ve got years of experience or are yet to set foot in your first ballroom, we’d love to hear from you.

Carrie Soderman

Second Team Captain

I’m Carrie, Second Team Captain for this year. I’m going into my second year of an Earth Sciences PhD and second year of dancing with CUDT. I joined the team with some dancing experience from when I was younger, so danced with Second Team last year and had an amazing time as part of a same-sex couple dancing my first ever competitions – I caught the dancing bug, and now I’m back for another year! I’m looking forward to a year of as much fun captaining the team as my first year dancing on it, and trying to fit in labwork and fieldwork around as much dance as possible.

Anjali Jayasekera & Zosia Staniaszek

Beginners’ Co-Captains

We are Zosia and Anjali, and we are Beginners’ co-captains for this year! We started as beginners three years ago, and have been part of CUDT ever since, competing together in 2018-19. Anjali is a 4th year vet and Zosia is a 2nd year PhD student. We are really excited to welcome you as beginners to our wonderful team. We have loved every second of our time on CUDT, and can’t wait to share this enthusiasm with you! If you have any questions, feel free to email us or visit the Beginners’ website at

Benedek Vali


Hi, I’m Benedek, a third year mathmo at St. John’s and this year’s Treasurer. I joined CUDT 2 years ago, but I was on First Team as I’ve danced for 10 years before I came to Cambridge. As the Treasurer, I’ll be managing the team’s finances, including paying for comeptitions/practice spaces and collecting subs. Feel free to contact me if you have any financial questions!

Ruweena Perera

Lesson Secretary

Hi, I’m Ruweena Perera, a 3rd year vet med student from Gonville and Caius! I joined CUDT in my first year & am currently on second team.
My role as lesson secretary is to sort out private lessons with the coaches in order to help you get the most out of your time here on team 😀

Rachel Hambly

Publicity Officer

Hi! I’m Rachel and I’ll be your publicity officer for this coming year! I’m somewhat a veteran here now, entering my fourth year at Cambridge and on team. I’ll be in charge of raising the visibility of team via social media and organising demos at events. Drop me a message if you think CUDT could light up an event of yours with some ballroom sparkle!

Rachel Thulborn

Social Secretary

I’m a second-year MML student and this is my second year of dancing on CUDT. I started last year as a complete beginner and fell in love with dance – can’t imagine not rushing through essays for a weekend competition now. I’m this year’s social sec and (social distancing allowing) am looking forward to organising some parties for this year, as well as some more wholesome events that really bring together our team.

Julia Becker

Costumes Coordinator

Hi, I am Julia. I will be this year’s costume mistress to make sure everyone will look their best on the dance floor and I am really looking forward to see you all with fancy hairstyles and lots of sparkles! As you can see in the photo, I am also not afraid of the less sparkly and rather more smelly side of things when occasionally doing a bit of farm vetting back home ;). Otherwise, I am mostly found in (spotlessly) white lab coats (I wish…) in the lab pursuing my PhD in spinal cord injury.

Marta Tomaselli

Welfare Officer (outgoing)

My name is Marta and I am the team female and non-binary Welfare Officer. Together with the rest of the committee we want CUDT to be a welcoming and accepting environment. If anything dance related (or not) does not feel right or you just need someone to vent, I am your person 🙂

Maddi Morelli-Batters

Competition Secretary

Hi, I’m Maddi! I am a fifth year medic at Downing College, and have been part of CUDT since joining as a beginner in my first year. I absolutely love being part of this team and enjoying all the fun that Dancesport has to offer! This year, I am the Competitions Secretary, so I will be organising competitions that are hosted in Cambridge as well as doing all of the admin relating to getting our fabulous team to other competitions across the country.