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Easter in Eastbourne

Posted on February 26, 2013


richardstillmorganhemphillHeld on Saturday, March 30, the Eastbourne Easter Dance Day is a unique day of ballroom, Latin, Argentine tango and social sequence, from workshops and tea dances to a gala evening and Champions in Cabaret. Or you can make a weekend of it, with many more chances to dance on Friday 29 and Sunday 31, with sessions in three of Eastbourne’s attractive seafront hotels.


The event returns to Eastbourne’s splendid Winter Garden complex, highly praised by dancers at last year’s event. The venue has three fine ballrooms, allowing a wide range of styles and sessions, with ballroom and Latin hosted by Philip Wylie and Christine in the Floral Hall, Leonardo Acosta and Tracey Tyack-King hosting Argentine tango in the Congress Suite and Richard and Carole Keeling hosting sequence in the Gold Room. You can stick to one style, or move between ballrooms.


Throughout the day, there will be general dancing, “Learn and Improve” sessions and helpful supervised practice. United Kingdom Professional Ten-Dance champions Richard Still and Morgan Hemphill (pictured) will demonstrate during the afternoon and evening sessions, and will also provide a Latin workshop. Popular recording artist Richard Keeling will provide music for ballroom, Latin and sequence.


You can buy tickets for individual sessions, or a special day ticket for £18, from the Winter Garden online at or by calling 01323 412 000. For more information about accommodation and dancing on Friday and Sunday, see or call 01895 632 143.

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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