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Christmas dancing!

Posted on December 10, 2014

festive-picThe festive season is the perfect excuse to put on your dancing shoes for a spot of rocking around the Christmas tree.

On Tuesday, December 16, Essex-based Time4Dance hosts a festive evening of ballroom and Latin dancing with live music from the fabulous Jeff Short Band and singers.

With a dress code of “black tie and posh frocks”, the event will take place at Blackmore Village Hall on Nine Ashes Road (CM4 0QW) from 8pm until 11pm. The beautiful venue features a licensed bar, wooden dancefloor and free parking.
Tickets cost £15 in advance and include a welcome drink, party nibbles, mince pies and a Christmas raffle. Early booking is advised. Email Time4Dance principal Debbie Garrard on dance@time4dance.com or call 07872 427 946 to book.

Dance also takes over London’s Southbank Centre later in the festive season, from Christmas Eve jiving to a vintage New Year’s Eve party, among the fairy lights by the Thames.

On December 24, Five Go Jiving return to the Clore Ballroom for their annual pre-Christmas mix of jive, jazz and humour. You can dance off the turkey with the Boxing Day Tango, hosted by Tony Walker of Tango on the Thames, with a taster class, tango demonstration and live music from Tango Al Toque.

On December 27, Strictly Winter Ballroom brings an afternoon of dancing to music from DJ Nicky Miles and the Ross Mitchell Band. On January 1, you can dance your way into the New Year with the Ceilidh Liberation Front. All these events are free.

On December 30, Swing Patrol – the swing dance school that received investment from Deborah Meaden on the latest series of Dragons’ Den –  joins forces with Electro Swing Club for a massive vintage and electro swing experience. Part of the Winterville alternative festive experience in the temporary town in Victoria Park, East London, the family-friendly Swinging In The Park event will fuse the vintage swing sounds of the 1920s to 1950s with contemporary beats – including house, hip hop and drum ‘n’ bass. Strictly Come Dancing’s assistant Charleston choreographer, Scott Cupit, will be teaching some of the classic moves he and Jenny Thomas have taught on Strictly. There will also be dance competitions for children under 12. 

Finally, the Vintage New Year’s Eve Party returns to the South Bank on December 31, with pop-up nightclubs, period dance lessons, a hair and beauty parlour and a private terrace overlooking the Thames, with a view of the fireworks. Early-bird party tickets cost £97.50 – early booking is strongly recommended.

 

Photograph of Swing Patrol: © Sin Bozkurt www.sinbozkurtshop.com  

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Now acting editor of Discover Britain magazine, she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success.

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