What is a Tea Dance?

It is a social dance afternoon that evolved from the concept of afternoon tea in the 1880’s and became hugely fashionable in the early 20th century. They’ve enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years, both with older generations who remember them from first time round and young vintage enthusiasts.

It is a dance session like Strictly Come Dancing. We play a mix of songs from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s for Ballroom and Latin dances, such as the waltz, foxtrot, tango, samba, rumba, quicksep, jive and cha cha cha. We also teach you some Sequence dances which are set routines (usually 16 bars long) that are repeated. We’ll announce a dance before each song, so everyone knows what to do.

You do not need to know all the steps, we always welcome complete beginners. All you need is enthusiasm, and if you have a dance with one of our friendly regulars, they’ll lead the way and have you whizzing around the dance floor in no time!

You don’t need a partner

It’s traditional to dance with a partner, but you don’t need to bring one. Part of the fun of a social dance is meeting new people to dance with, so you can come on your own. Of course, if you’d rather dance all afternoon with your own partner or friends, that’s fine too.

What should you wear?

There’s not a set dress code but most people like to dress up – think dresses (especially floaty ones) and smart trousers and shirts for the men, and perhaps a bit of sparkle. Some people wear special dancing shoes but it is by no means essential. Ladies might like to wear a comfortable pair of heels.

We welcome all ages and abilities however it is important that everyone uses the dancefloor for social dancing and not running around to prevent accidents.

Don’t be afraid to ask someone for a dance, and don’t be surprised if someone asks you.

dancers at a tea dance

Sorry, we are not currently running any tea dances. Why not come along to one of our classes instead?