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  • Floral Hall Ballroom to host monthly Tea Dances again

    Henry James

    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 as the grand Floral Hall Ballroom hosts monthly Tea Dances again, beginning this August.

    The art-deco inspired Floral Hall Ballroom was built in the 1930s and became part of the Southport Theatre when the latter was added in 1973.

    Stooped in rich history, it boasts one of the largest wooden, sprung, dance floors in the North West and has retained its original art deco domed ceiling, making it the perfect place to dance along to the music of days gone by.

    Compere Jackie Williams from Ballroom Blitz will be entertaining dancers, young and old, talented – or otherwise - and whether people are seasoned tea dancer or nervous beginners Jackie will take them under her wing and ensure they enjoy a relaxing afternoon of dance and musical accompaniment.

    People who are not keen dancers can sit back, enjoy the music and soak up the atmosphere of this nostalgic, social tradition.

    Over 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 Waltz, giving people time to catch their breath and a chance for beginners to join in and experience the dancing themselves.

    Jackie said: “Ballroom Blitz is 'Helping others discover the enjoyment of social dancing, one step at a time.' This fits well with what we would like to achieve here at the Floral Hall, bringing dance back to the Hall.

    “It is well documented that social dance has important health benefits to combat social isolation and mental well-being. We are very proud to be able to offer the opportunity to dance in this iconic and historic location.”

    So, polish those shoes, dust off those glittering heels and join a Ballroom Blitz Tea Dance at the Floral Hall Ballroom, taking place monthly on Wednesdays: August 21, September 18, October 23, November 20 and December 18 2019.

    All dances are 1.30pm-4pm, doors open at 1pm. Tickets are £6 and will be available on the door at the Box Office and tea (or coffee) and biscuits will be available to buy on the day, for just £1 per serving.

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