Strictly fever will surely begin to sweep the nation once again with the return of the popular BBC Saturday night show in September and local dancers are reminded that the town’s largest dancefloor is waiting for them at the regular Winter Garden Tea Dances which return throughout Autumn on: 20 September, 25 October, 15 November and of course the famous Boxing Day Tea Dance on 26 December.
Resident organist and compere Chris Mannion will be entertaining dancers, young and old, talented – or otherwise - and whether you are a seasoned tea dancer or nervous beginner Chris will take you under his wing and ensure you enjoy a relaxing afternoon of dance and live musical accompaniment.
Three hours of ballroom magic (including a well-deserved tea break!) will pass by in a whirlwind with a varied programme from Quicksteps and Foxtrots to a slower paced St Bernadette Waltz and line dance Charleston’s giving time to catch your breath and a chance for beginners to join in and experience the dancing themselves.
If you are new to ballroom there are plenty of friendly regulars who are happy to chat and demonstrate dance steps so there is no need to be anxious about coming along on your own. Not a keen dancer? Feel free to just sit back, enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere of this nostalgic, social tradition.
The Winter Garden in Compton Street is a Grade II listed building, designed by architect Henry Currey and built in 1875. The Floral Hall, where all Tea Dances are held, was originally used as a skating rink in winter and concert hall in summer. A venue that is stooped in rich history it is the perfect place to dance along to the music of days gone by.
So polish those shoes, dust off those glittering heels and join an Eastbourne Tea Dance at the Winter Garden Floral Hall, Tuesday’s 20 September, 25 October, 15 November and 26 December, 2pm – 5pm. Tickets £6,(£8 for 26 December) includes tea and biscuits, available from Box Office 01323 412000 or on the door.