Calling Wirral men: Dust-off your dancing shoes and waltz along to New Brighton! (From Wirral Globe)
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Calling Wirral men: Dust-off your dancing shoes and waltz along to New Brighton!
11:27am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
IT WOULD appear Wirral men couldn’t give a cha-cha-cha about the intricacies of ballroom dancing.
Despite the popularity of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, actually venturing out onto the dance floor seems a step too far for most local males.
And tea dances at New Brighton Floral Pavilion are no exception.
Organiser Claire Bowles observed: “We have a glut of females – there is not much testosterone out there!”
With three female dancers to every male, those confident men who do know their waltz from their tango receive celebrity style treatment .
Claire, a radio presenter and cruise ship entertainer, confessed: “We really need more men. Those who do take their partners onto the floor have to be very generous with their time.
“They are in great demand from the females.”
Many people turn up at the tea dances to watch the action on the dance floor because they lack the confidence or the ability to try it themselves.
Claire said: “It might be a good idea to have a half-hour tuition session before the actual dance.”
The dances –held throughout the summer – have been attended by up to 120 dancers. Most are retired people upwards of 60 years of age.
They are a revival of the tea dances held at the Riverside Restaurant in the 1960 and 70s before the complex was destroyed by freak waves , along with New Brighton Open Air Pool, decades ago.
The core of the dancers come from Wirral and Liverpool although there is wider support from Southport and Cheshire.
Music is provided by backing tracks and a keyboard player.
Claire said: “If we wanted to go down the Palm Court Orchestra route we would have to charge £50 or limit it to once or twice a year.”
The final tea dance at the Floral is on Monday although a special Christmas dance, with mince pies and mulled wine, will be held on December 2.
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