The Ragroof Players Tea Dances are a fantastic three-hour participatory event featuring authentic vintage music from the 1920s to the 1950s and beyond, glamorous costumes, glorious dance displays, Ragroof’s unique instant dance classes in a number of popular dance rhythms, and a chance for everyone to trip the light fantastic.
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Everyone is welcome, no partners needed – and Ragroof’s unique approach to partner dancing encourages everyone to learn the steps of both ‘lead’ and ‘follow’ – so you choose what you want to be, rather than be dictated to by gender!
The Ragroof Players Tea Dances can be produced indoors or outdoors. The company have previously presented, and currently present, Tea Dances in a variety of settings: from mirrored Spiegeltent to bunting-clad village hall; indoors at the People’s Palace and Old Finsbury Town Hall in London; outdoors for Home Live Art and at many national street arts festivals; in theatres and venues such as the Emporium Brighton and Chelsea Theatre in London; and at weddings, special birthday parties, and corporate events.
Tea Dances can be a general mix of music and partner dance, featuring a selection of tunes and routines in Ballroom, Latin and Swing, or can be specially themed – for example in 1920s flapper mode; in 1940s swing mood; or with a focus on a film theme, such as Dirty Dancing or Strictly Ballroom. There are many other options, and the company welcome enquiries on any proposed theme!
'Beautiful costumes, fun choreography, lovely dance partners, what else can you ask?'
Marion Deprez, audience member
‘Expert but non-snobbish organisation that is welcoming to all (age, gender, dance knowledge etc)...’
‘'Your work is not only skilled and professional but accessible and kind hearted – an unusual combination that corresponds completely to the kind of ethos we want to bring to projects in the Palace.'
Lois Weaver, Split Britches / The People's Palace
'Thank you very much for the part you played in Hat Fair 2012. Despite the rain, I was extremely impressed at the number of shows we managed to get out…. It is testament to all the hard work, determination and contribution from artists, staff and volunteers that we still produced a cracking festival and I thank you for that.'
Kate Hazel, Hat Fair Tea Dance 2012
'Please could you pass on to the whole company Chelsea's collective delight, registered universally at the launch of yesterday's Summer Tea Dances. Brilliant, wonderful.
And a big THANK YOU.'
Francis Alexander, Chelsea Theatre
‘What you did has had a real knock on effect - one event, with a massive impact!’
Glenis Burgess, Kirkless Mela, Huddersfield
‘This is the second time I have worked with Ragroof and it is always such a pleasure, very professional, very fun and your team create an ease of participation.’
Jackie Blackwell, Regeneration Project Manager, Lewes District Council
The usual Ragroof Players Tea Dance package boasts a four-person team: a DJ for discerning dancers; a dance teacher cum MC who leads the instant dance classes and other interactive elements; and a dancing couple presenting costumed dance displays. Other possibilities for a larger Tea Dance team can be discussed.
Interested in booking a Ragroof Players Tea Dance for an arts festival or venue? Please go to the Promoters area for further information. Tea Dances can also be booked for private parties, weddings, and events – please go to the Parties section for more information or email the company on: firstname.lastname@example.org