5.30pm – 8.30pm
The Ragroof Players
invite you to
The De La Warr Pavilion 80th Anniversary Tea Dance
Tickets : £27.50 includes tea and cake
Join us for a dazzling cocktail hour dance date to celebrate De La Warr Pavilion’s 80th birthday, hosted by The Ragroof Players and special guests Michael Law's The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.
What better setting than the iconic Pavilion to trip the light fantastic with two of the country’s leading purveyors of vintage music and traditional partner dance?
Your hosts The Ragroof Players will create a fantastic three-hour participatory event featuring DJs for discerning dancers playing authentic tunes from the 1920s to the 1950s (alternating with the live orchestra), glamorous costumes, glorious dance displays, and a chance for everyone to get on the dance floor. Ragroof’s unique instant mini dance classes , interweaved throughout the evening, mean everyone has the chance to learn a few basics, or to hone their skills.
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From the Charleston of the 1920s Gatsby era, through the classic songs of the 1930s, to swing and jazz hits, Michael Law's The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra play the greatest dance music and the best Jazz Age tunes.
Recently seen on BBC 4 in Len Goodman’s Dance Band Days, the Piccadilly Dance Band have been acclaimed by West End start Julia McKenzie as "absolutely terrific, wonderfully conceived and presented... Michael’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra is a bright spot in showbiz”.
Their performance highlights have included playing, for many years, the Henley Festival, Earl Spencer's 30th Birthday Party (where Princess Diana asked the orchestra to play In The Mood - twice!), special BAFTA awards parties for Julie Andrews and Sean Connery, the first ever Proms In the Park and a residency at The Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly. Michael Law achieved a lifelong ambition when the twelve-piece version of the orchestra began a series of Saturday night dinner dances at the cradle of British Dance Band music, the Savoy Hotel (Stompin' At The Savoy). Other prestigious events include Sir John Paul Getty’s and Sir Terence Conran’s birthday parties and a ball at Clarence House where Dame Margaret Thatcher led the dancing.
"I am no expert in the foxtrot or the quickstep but the miraculously authentic Piccadilly Dance Orchestra transformed my tentative shuffles into the confidence of Fred Astaire"
"stylish foot-tapping entertainment that ended with the audience shouting for encores"
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Polish up your dance shoes and join us! Everyone of any age welcome – experienced dancers and absolute beginners alike – and no dance partner is needed.
Dressing up is strongly recommended - the theme is 1930s glamour!
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