Why are Warwick’s men so shy and reluctant to join the monthly Tea and Dance lessons in the Court House ballroom? The October session on Tuesday 9th was enjoyed by all who came, but there wasn’t a man in sight, apart from Chris the professional coach from Majestic Dance.
No experience is needed for these dance lessons. Chris leads everyone through the steps of ballroom classics and gives individual coaching if people are going wrong. He started with a Social Foxtrot, the dance with the instruction, “Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow”, made famous by the band leader Victor Sylvester on his BBC Dance Club.
‘Television Dancing Club’ first took to the floor in 1948, seventy years ago this year, bringing some much appreciated glamour into the homes of viewers struggling with post-war austerity. Its mixture of dance lessons, competitions and show-dances proved a great hit and it launched television’s fascination with ballroom dancing that continues to this day.
The Tea and Dance Lessons are organised by the Town Council and Unlocking Warwick; thanks to Cllr. Dorothy Da Cruz and Paula Fletcher for arranging this month’s session and providing the tea. The dance lessons take place from 2pm to 4pm and cost just £2.50, to included tea, coffee and cake in the interval. The next session will be on Tuesday November 13th.
So come on you men! There’s no need to book. Just turn up, grab a partner, and have a great afternoon.