Waltz through 2017 at a Winchcombe tea dance

Winchcombe’s monthly afternoon Tea Dances are now a regular fixture on the town calendar after being launched a year ago.

The Tea Dances take place on the last Wednesday of each month at the Abbey Fields Community Centre in Back Lane, Winchcombe, from 2pm until 4pm and all are welcome.

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 steps.

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.” 

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.

The following 2017 dates are June 28th, July 26th, August 30th, September 27th, October 25th and November 29th.

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