An oasis for dancers at Meadowhall

Meadowhall's weekly Tea Dance in the shopping centre Oasis return after the Xmas break in December
Meadowhall's weekly Tea Dance in the shopping centre Oasis return after the Xmas break in December
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Dancers have been stepping out among the shoppers of Meadowhall for 20 dazzling years.

And there’s no stopping them now as the weekly tea dances, first held at the shopping centre in 1994 as a way of making the complex a community hub, are proving just as popular as ever.

Dozens of couples took to the dancefloor to show off their waltzing, ballroom and tango skills as the event returned following the Christmas break.

Caroline Jonsaker, who organises the dances in The Oasis food court, said many dancers had been coming since the beginning.

She said: “We regularly get between 80 and 100 people in the busy periods and when it is quieter there are still about 40 people.

“The popularity of it is growing all the time. People say that they love and look forward to it every week.

“Everybody thinks that it is lovely to see the dancers and a lot of people come just to watch.”

The dances, held every Monday from 10am to noon, are free.

The Mike Francis Sound provide the music and Meadowhall supplies free refreshments.

* For more pictures see Star People on Monday.