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Dance your way to Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 1, 2013

Celebrate the run-up to Valentine’s Day on the dancefloor with a series of balls around the country.

Brighton Dome’s annual Valentine’s Ball returns to the Corn Exchange on February 14, with music from the ten-piece Berkeley Square Society Band. The ball welcomes dancers of all ages and genders, and there’s a ballroom workshop on February 11, giving everyone the chance to brush up their moves. The ball is part of Brighton Dome’s “Heartfelt” season, with plays, parties and dances on the theme of love. See www.brightondome.org for details.

The Chapter 28 Valentine’s Ball will be held at the Grade II-listed Town Hall of St Albans on February 14. After a champagne welcome, the ball features four hours of waltz, quickstep, tango, cha cha cha, rock ‘n’ roll and jive, including live music from the Indigo Strings quartet. The ball is held in association with Action Duchenne, the charity fighting for a cure to Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Tickets cost £30, including a £10 donation to Action Duchenne. See www.chapter28.com for details.

Argentine tango club Rojo y Negro will also be holding a Valentine’s Day social evening on February 14. They say:”It happens to be the fifth birthday of our regular and special events in this charming venue, which we call Poema (also name of a lovely song), so, expect a lovely party whether you bring your Valentine or not. The theme for all classes will be: connection, playfulness, seduction. Of course, applied in all different ways at different levels.”

Dance Club Latino presents its Valentine’s Masquerade Salsa Ball at the University of Birmingham on February 16. It features a day of workshops, with teachers including Moe Flex, Mauro and Eva, the ladies of Salsology and more. Daytime events are followed by an evening of dancing in the Great Hall of the Aston Webb building, at the heart of the university campus. See www.danceclublatino.co.uk for more details.

Finally, Karen Hardy Dance Studios, based at Chelsea Harbour, London, will also hold an Argentine tango night on February 16 and promises “a night of steaming hot dance action”. Crikey!

Photograph © Hugh Fox

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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