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Afternoon Tea Dance

Dates have just been announced for the 2017 series of Winchcombe Tea Dances that spring into action this month.  The monthly afternoon dances were launched less than a year ago and have proved so popular that the event has become a regular fixture on the town calendar.  The first tea dance of 2017 takes place on Wednesday 25th January at the Abbey Fields Community Centre in Back Lane, Winchcombe, running from 2pm until 4pm.

The following 2017 dates are: February 22nd, March 29th, April 26th, May 31st, June 28th, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th, October 25th and November 29th.
The £5 entrance fee includes a piece of cake and tea or coffee, and live music courtesy of local musician Don Adams. Don accompanies dancers with music from the 1920s through to the 1960s adapted for all types of ballroom favourites from foxtrots and quick-steps to waltzes or jives. One sequence dance is also included during the afternoon.
Organisers Sarah Hartley and Hilary Wright will be on hand to offer dance tips to anyone needing to brush up on their routines.
Sarah said: “Tea dances were extremely popular back in the 1940s and 1950s and in the last few years there has been a big revival of traditional dancing and interest in that era.
“The Tea Dances have really taken off and we now have a core of regular dancers who come along every month. But, there is always room for more. You don’t need a partner, just come along and join in, everyone is welcome, including those who may just wish to come and listen to the music and watch the dancing.

“We have a core of regulars who attend and word is gradually spreading about the Tea Dances. We have some very talented male ballroom dancers, but at the moment the number of women dancers outweighs the men, so we are appealing for any men who enjoy dancing, or who used  to dance, to please come and join us.”  The Tea Dances run from 2pm to 4pm at Abbey Fields Community Centre in Back Lane, Winchcombe and entry is £5 on the door to include tea, coffee, cold drinks and a piece of cake.  Local pianist Don Adams entertains dancers with live music from the 1920s through to the 1960s and adapts music to suit everything from the cha-cha-cha and jive, to a waltz, tango, foxtrot or quick-step.  Sarah said: “We have some very experienced ballroom dancers are on hand to give refreshers, lessons and tips to anyone who is rusty, new to dancing or has lost confidence.  “But what we would really like to see next week is some more men! We have women who would love to dance with a male partner, so if you’re a man and you like music and dancing from this era, we’d be delighted to see you!”  Proceeds from the Tea Dances go to the Winchcombe Day Care Centre, a registered charity. The Tea Dances are for adults only and those taking part are advised to wear casual and comfortable clothes.  Details


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