We are Maddi and Hendrik, co-captains of this incredible team for the 2019-2020 academic year. Both of us joined CUDT in out first year at university and have loved the time we spent at practices and competitions – now it’s our time to give back. We are very excited to work with our dancers (old and new), committee, and coaches throughout the year to make sure we have a motivated, committed and well-practiced team that provides all support needed for its members to improve and do well at competitions while enjoying their time. We cannot wait to start working with our new team and are happy to answer any and all questions you may have – feel free to just send us an email!
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.
Hey guys, welcome to CUDT! We are Kelvin and Kate, your co-captains for the Beginners‘ team for 2019-20! We competed as a beginner medic couple in our first year at university having completely fallen in love with the uniquely competitively-friendly atmosphere of CUDT and have not stopped dancing since. CUDT is a special place that builds its own dancers from the bottom up to be champions, and we are coming back to the beginners‘ team in our third year to spread our love for dancesport to all you beginners! Please email us if you have any questions regarding eligibility (https://cudtbeginners.wixsite.com/welcome/beginner-or-not) or just want to tell us how excited you are to join us!
Hi, I’m Benedek, a second year mathmo at St. John’s and this year’s Treasurer. I joined CUDT last year, 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!
My name is Isobel, I’m a third year medic and this year’s lesson secretary! This is my third year dancing with CUDT, and my first year on committee. I joined the team as a complete beginner with very little dance experience, and I was instantly hooked. Training for competitions drives you to improve, the coaches are phenomenal and I have found some wonderful friends amongst the dancers. CUDT has taught me many things: how to take big steps forwards AND backwards, that I really like leading (but alas I am only 5’3″), and most importantly how to fake tan better than Donald Trump. Away from CUDT I have done a bit of rowing, and occasionally even worked on my degree.
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!
I’m Isy and I’m the Social Secretary for this year. This will be both my second year of dancing on CUDT and also second year of studying Computer Science (I know what you’re all thinking… – but yes, the social CompScis do exist!) I’m always up for a good party, night out or social event, so I can’t wait to organise some (hopefully) great socials for the team this year. If I’m not working/studying, dancing or doing things with friends, then I’m probably off travelling somewhere else in the world. I hope to see you all at some of the socials next year and if you have any ideas or are part of another society that you’d like to arrange a swap with, then just let me know!
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.
Welfare Officers (outgoing)
Jasmin and Ed are our welfare officers, meaning they’re here to support everyone on CUDT. Their aim is to help everyone have a great experience on CUDT, where every member of the community feels as comfortable and supported as possible. They’re here to listen in confidence, and if needed to give advice or act as an advocate for anyone who’s having a difficult time . They can also provide information about the wide range of support and resources available in Cambridge.
Hello everyone! I am Nat, your Competitions Secretary for the next year, alongside my studies as a third year Medical student at Pembroke College. Beginning Dancesport at the start of my second year was one of the best decisions I made at Cambridge; with so many amazing friends and incredible opportunities to offer, this society is an absolute gem! Anyone can get involved and make incredible progress as a Beginner and I am excited for another year of learning, practicing and competing.
Hi! I’m Lucia, a second-year historian, and I’m this year’s stash secretary! I’ll be making sure that you have your gorgeous dancing shoes and are fully kitted out with your CUDT stash. I joined CUDT as a complete beginner in Ballroom and Latin last year and fell in love it with it! Dancing within such a supportive team has been brilliant and cannot wait to continue this year!