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Tea dances in Greenwich

Posted on October 7, 2011

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tea danceThis month, Greenwich Dance launches a new season of tea dances, in the sleek 1930s location of the Borough Hall.


Each dance is an afternoon of socialising, ballroom, jive, Latin and sequence dance, to live music provided by the Hugh Ockenden Band. The event also offers tea, cake and a raffle.


Greenwich Dance has been hosting tea dances at the Borough Hall since 1996, reviving a long tradition of social dances. The events, which provide healthy exercise in a social setting, have a strong following among older people. According to the NHS, “the elderly should take particular care to keep moving and maintain mobility. Acitivities that boost strength, co-ordination, balance and endurance are of particular benefit”. Dancing can help beat depression, as well as keeping joints supple and lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and some major cancers. The Greenwich tea dances have also attracted a growing number of younger people, interested in ballroom and sequence dancing.


Dances are held at Greenwich Dance, Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London SE10 8RE. Admission costs £5 (concessions £4). There is no need to book. The second tea dance of this new season will be held on November 19.



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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