Foxtrots, quicksteps, cha chas and many more… whether this will be your first experience or you are more expert at tripping the light fantastic, release those inhibitions and join the acclaimed Covent Garden Dance Orchestra, the musicians that re-introduced the tradition of social dancing back to the Royal Opera House, in a feast of popular tea dance classics through the summer.
From 12.30pm 2.30pm in the fully covered Crispin Place off Brushfield Street, E1. All ages and dancers of all abilities are welcome.
Wednesday 29 June
Wednesday 27 July
Wednesday 31 August
Wednesday 28 September
The Spitalfields Tea Dances were founded by Michael Spencer, local resident and former Education Manager at the Royal Opera House Orchestra, who originally launched the tea dances at the Royal Opera House as a way of making it more accessible to the community. Spitalfields has a strong sense of community and Michael thought that the newly created Crispin Place would be a perfect space to host tea dances for the area.
The New Covent Garden Dance Orchestra is made up of 9 professional musicians who all have links back to the bandleaders of yesteryear. The band recreates the music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s giving the opportunity for participants to recreate the style and elegance of the period. The release of their album, Come Dancing’ (Universal Classics and Jazz) led to appearances on the Good Morning Show and several radio features. Performances are not limited to the UK alone; they were featured as part of the Florida International Music Festival and in 2006 were part of the opening of the Suginami Kokaido, a new concert hall in central Tokyo.